The narrative is starting to get paranoid
Oregonians routinely carry firearms in the Capitol, sometimes openly, sometimes concealed, but a cursory search indicates that there has never been an incident involving the discharge of a firearm in the Oregon Capitol. Studies have shown that the known presence of armed people deters gun violence -- as is seen in tragic shootings too often, where so-called "gun free" zones are targeted.
Each year there seems to be at least one "open carry" event -- though it may be that this year it won't happen -- and the Legislative Administrative staff make sure that those who aren't comfortable with it, are prepared
. In fact, on that day, many workers stay home.
Increasingly, as violence and rioting from the left -- Black Lives Matter and Antifa -- continues with little criticism from the party in power, criticism of right-leaning groups runs rampant. Government seems to be cheerleading
groups who do the most damage and yet spending taxpayer money to defend against those who've done relatively little damage. It smacks of scapegoating.
Zach Hudson (D-Troutdale) is proposing to change a longstanding state law that allows guns in the Capitol via HB 3268
, which would make it a felony for a civilian to have a loaded weapon in the Capitol.
The current law says that anyone who has a concealed handgun license is allowed to carry a loaded weapon in the Capitol. If this law passes, you'll be a felon.
Most people haven't had a reason to visit the Capitol this session, as it has been closed to the public, but until recently, the first floor windows were boarded up, much of it was surrounded by fences and large concrete block defenses were placed in front. As one former State Senator said, "It looks like Beirut."
Another legislator, who asked not to be named, said "What's to be feared is not guys with black, scary guns in the Capitol. What's to be feared is a Capitol that identifies lawfully gathered citizens as the enemy."
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