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PICTUES: Defend The 2nd Amendment Rally, Salem, Oregon Sat 3/23/2019

Defend the 2nd Rally - at State Capitol plaza in Salem today (Saturday March 23rd 2019).

The Defend the Second Rally invites supporters of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution raise awareness and speak out against the proposed bills. Oregon bill Senate Bill 501 requires permits to buy guns and limits on ammunition purchases. This and other legislation currently proposed is exceedingly and additionally restrictive to law abiding citizens while furnishing absolutely zero public safety or crime enforcement.
approximately 2,000 people turned up to show support in Salem at this rally today.

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local Oregon news coverage in advance of this demonstration 23.Mar.2019 18:08


 link to www.portlandmercury.com

Oregon Lawmakers Block a Sweeping Student-Led Gun Control Bill

by Blair Stenvick Mar 18, 2019 at 4:37 pm

 link to www.statesmanjournal.com

Pro-Second Amendment rally Saturday to close Court Street NE between 12th and Winter

Virginia Barreda, Salem Statesman Journal Published 6:32 p.m. PT March 21, 2019 | Updated 10:02 a.m. PT March 22, 2019

No other bill attempts to achieve as many gun-control goals as SB 501. Statesman Journal

Second Amendment supporters are expected to gather for a pro-gun rally Saturday outside the Capitol, following the introduction of multiple firearm-related House and Senate bills.

The Defend the Second Rally, organized by Oregon-based weapons manufacturers Radian Weapons and Noveske Rifleworks, invites supporters of the Second Amendment to raise awareness and speak out against the proposed bills.

More than 2,000 people are expected to attend the rally, according to the event page on Facebook.

The bills introduced during 2019 legislative session aim to instill regulations such as mandatory gun locks, defining assault rifles and limiting ammunition purchases.

SB 501, for example, would require residents to acquire a permit before buying a gun, limit the amount of ammunition a person could buy, outlaw magazines with a capacity of more than five rounds and create gun locking and storage requirements.

"The only purpose of this event is to remind our legislators that they work for us, and any continued assault on our 2nd Amendment rights will not stand," organizers said in the Facebook event page.

Peaceful protest requested

Officers from Oregon State Police and the Salem Police Department will be present at the event in anticipation of large crowds.

Organizers have requested a peaceful protest. "Hatred of any kind, violence, or destruction of public or private property is forbidden," they wrote.

During last year's legislative session, about 300 Second Amendment supporters gathered in mid-April at the Oregon World War II Memorial for a rally organized by the National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans.

The event came just weeks after 3,000 people gathered in Salem for the March for Our Lives protest, demanding stricter gun laws to combat gun violence.

Weekend plans: Wine, theater and more things to do in Salem
Event details

The event will take place on state property, primarily the Capitol and the Capitol Mall. Court Street NE will be closed between 12th and Winter streets from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., according to Lt. Michael Bennett with the Salem Police Department.

"We will have officers on hand to ensure the people's right to peaceably assemble and freedom of speech is safeguarded," Bennett said.

Radian Weapons has raised more than $14,500 of their $150,000 goal via GoFundMe.

The company said all funds will be used to pay for buses to transport attendees, music, entertainment, licensing fees, advertisements, travel for speakers and food and drink.

Organizers asked supporters to bring signs in support of the Second Amendment and are asking for donors to contribute money.

The rally will take place between noon and 3 p.m. March 23 on the Salem Capitol grounds.

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Virginia Barreda is the Breaking News Reporter for the Statesman Journal. She can be reached at 503-399-6657 or at  vbarreda@statesmanjournal.com. Follow her on Twitter at @vbarreda2.

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Redmond gun-maker organizes Salem rally against measure

Senate Bill 501 would impose strict limits
By: Katie Zuniga

Posted: Mar 20, 2019 06:31 PM PDT
Updated: Mar 21, 2019 08:46 AM PDT

Gun control bill before senate at students request

REDMOND, Ore. - A strict new gun control bill has been put before Oregon lawmakers at the request of a group of students. Senate Bill 501 would impose six new limits on gun owners -- and though it hasn't even had a hearing as of yet, it has a worried Redmond gun-maker organizing a Salem rally this weekend to oppose such a move.

If passed, the proposal would require gun owners to get a permit before purchasing or receiving a firearm. It would require guns to be secured with a trigger or cable lock. Any lost or stolen guns would need to be reported within 24 hours, and the bill would not allow the transfer of a gun for 14 days until state police say the person is cleared to receive it.

It also would prohibit the possession of a magazine that holds more than five rounds, require a background check before the purchase of ammunition and limit ammunition sales, such that only 20 rounds would be able to be purchased within 30 days.

Joshua Underwood, the owner of Radian Weapons in Redmond, is against the bill and each of its proposed limitations.

"One of the ones that's most absurd is the restriction on ammunition as far as number of rounds per month," he said Wednesday. "That's not even an adequate number for some to practice, to be able to adequately defend themselves and be safe about it."

Underwood said he has never really gotten involved with politics but he wanted to do something about this, so he organized a "Defend the 2nd" rally at the state Capitol this Saturday afternoon.

"I'm surprised the state's got to this point in legislators wanting to infringe on clear constitutional rights to this level," Underwood said. "It's quite shocking, and I just decided that I have no choice but to get involved and make a stand and invest some money and time to and call the citizens to act."

NewsChannel 21 reached out to supporters and legislative sponsors of the bill. The one sponsor who responded would not go on camera.

We also got in touch with one of the students who helped write the bill, but her mother said she cannot go on camera for safety reasons, due to threats made against lawmakers who sponsored the measure.

'Defend the 2nd Rally' brings thousands to Oregon State Capitol 24.Mar.2019 13:14

Abby Luschei, Salem Statesman Journal

Published 8:17 p.m. PT March 23, 2019

Thousands attend the Defend the 2nd Rally, in response to firearm-related bills proposed in the Oregon Legislature, outside the Oregon State Capitol. Anna Reed, Statesman Journal

Tim Lesmeister will never forget May 7, 1981.

It was the day he survived a mass shooting at the Oregon Museum Tavern in Salem, where a gunman killed four and wounded 20.

He can still remember every detail, he said. The feeling of not being able to protect himself is something no one can understand unless they have been through it.

"I wish I would have had a concealed carry at that time," said Lesmeister, 62. "Maybe I could have helped prevent deaths, maybe not. I don't know."

Today, he is a concealed carrier, and his right to protect himself is one of the reasons he attended the Defend the 2nd Rally at the Oregon State Capitol Saturday.

Tim Lesmeister, 62, of Salem, attends the Defend the 2nd Rally, in response to firearm-related bills proposed in the Oregon Legislature, outside the Oregon State Capitol in Salem on March 23, 2019. Lesmeister survived the Oregon Museum Tavern shooting of 1981 where four people were killed and 20 more injured. (Photo: ANNA REED / STATESMANJOURNAL)

Roughly 2,000 people were in attendance around noon when the event began.

Radian Weapons and Noveske Rifleworks, both Oregon-based weapon manufacturers, organized Saturday's rally after a number of bills calling for stricter gun-laws were proposed during the 2019 legislative session.

Josh Underwood, CEO of Radian Weapons, said he has been shooting since his childhood and is a big advocate for the second amendment. Learning about the proposed bills pushed him to take a stand by helping organize the rally.

Proposed regulations include limiting ammunition purchases, raising the age to purchase assault rifles to 21 and mandatory gun locks, among other things.

More details: Oregon lawmakers debate multiple bills to make gun laws more restrictive

The proposed bills aim to prevent epidemics including domestic violence, gun violence and suicide like House Bill 2705, which focuses on mental health and suicide. It would allow people to opt into "do not sell" lists voluntarily.

Or Senate Bill 501 the strictest proposed firearm bill which includes limiting ammunition purchases to 20 rounds in a 30-day period and mandating gun locks and safes.

Becky Graff, 44, of Lebanon, said she is against any infringements on her rights; restrictions on ammunition and what she can or cannot buy is an infringement.

"The second amendment was not created for hunting, it was created to protect us from a tyrannical government," she said.
Thousands attend the Defend the 2nd Rally, in response to firearm-related bills proposed in the Oregon Legislature, outside the Oregon State Capitol in Salem on March 23, 2019.

Thousands attend the Defend the 2nd Rally, in response to firearm-related bills proposed in the Oregon Legislature, outside the Oregon State Capitol in Salem on March 23, 2019. (Photo: ANNA REED / STATESMANJOURNAL)

Lesmeister said he was particularly against Senate Bill 501 because it would limit his ammunition while "the outlaws have no limits."

A point Underwood touched on, as well. He said restricting the right to bear arms to prevent violence is flawed and would only embolden criminals.

The Defend the 2nd Rally lasted until about 5 p.m. and featured live music, food trucks and multiple speakers throughout the day including Senator Kim Thatcher and Representative Bill Post, R-Keizer.

Violence has always been a part of humanity, Post said in his speech. It's not going anywhere, but guns are not the problem.

"Guns have been here for hundreds of years. We have a heart problem in America," he said.

Big turnout at Oregon state capitol for Defend the 2nd Rally 24.Mar.2019 13:19

by Keaton Thomas, KIMA CBS 29

Saturday, March 23rd 2019


A huge crowd gathered at the Oregon state capitol on March 23, 2019 for the Defend the 2nd Rally. Photo by Keaton Thomas

SALEM, Ore. -- A huge crowd gathered outside the Oregon State Capitol building Saturday afternoon to speak out against several bills in the state legislature that would place restrictions on guns.

Oregon gun maker, Radian Weapons, organized the rally to "remind our legislators that they work for us, and any continued assault on our 2nd Amendment rights will not stand." More than 2,000 people said they were going to the event on Facebook.

Lawmakers introduced several bills aimed at stopping gun violence in Oregon. Those bills propose several changes, including limiting the allowed size of a magazine, restricting the sale of certain assault rifles, requiring a person to secure a permit before purchasing or receiving a firearm, and requiring a person to report a lost or stolen firearm.

"We don't think those bills that they're proposing make sense," said Michael Falcioni, a veteran from Central Oregon. "We don't think that limiting rounds per month is a logical way to go about it."

Senate Bill 501, introduced on behalf of the organization Students for Change, would prohibit a person from owning a magazine that can hold more than five rounds.

"The majority of the guns you buy are 11 or 12 round magazines," said Walt Scholl, a gun owner.

He went on to say, "Yes, there are shootings, but guns are not the problem, people are the problem. They're putting their emphasis on the wrong place. They're putting the Band-Aid on the wrong thing."

Many people at the rally carried weapons. Scholl carried several large magazines.

Tim Lesmeister, a gun owner from Salem, came to the rally with a sign that said "mass shooting survivor and gun rights supporter."

Lesmeister says he was inside the Museum Tavern in 1981 during what is considered to be Oregon's first modern-day mass shooting. Four people were killed inside the bar, 20 people were hurt.

"At that time I had no way to defend myself, and I just don't want to be in that situation again," Lesmeister said. "I want to be able to protect myself, and I'm here because I'm totally against Senate Bill 501. If that goes through I'll only be allowed five rounds in my weapon. The bad guys would have unlimited rounds."

Republican legislators also spoke in front of the crowd.

"We have to protect ourselves from violence and from tyranny. That's why I will always defend the Second Amendment," said Rep. Bill Post (R-Keizer).

Yuk 11.Apr.2019 16:54

messy bedfellows

I heard some proud boys were at this rally.