AMENDMENT ADOPTED TO LOWER ALLOTMENT TO $250,000.
The bill was amended to establishes a 17-member Task Force on Gun Violence and Suicide Prevention and requires the task force to report to the interim committees of the Legislative Assembly related to health care. Appropriates money for research on gun violence and suicide prevention ordered by the task force. Takes effect on the 91st day following adjournment sine die.
Guns aren’t the cause of suicide, it is only the tool. Take guns away and a different tool will be used. Shouldn’t this task force focus on the cause and not the means? After all, all suicide is tragic.
Section 2 of the bill says:
In addition to and not in lieu of any other appropriation, there is appropriated to the Department of Justice, for the biennium ending June 30, 2025, out of the General Fund, the amount of $400,000, (amendment reduced to $250,000)which may be expended for the purpose of paying a third party for research ordered by the Task Force on Gun Violence and Suicide Prevention, as authorized under section 1 of this 2024 Act.
The language of the bill puts no cap on how much money the Department of Justice will get to crush gun rights in Oregon. The Oregon DOJ has already squandered millions of dollars in an effort to implement a gun ban in Oregon, and they are not done yet. Who is going to put forth their ideas to end the rampant gun crimes that is encouraged by the refusal to meaningfully hold criminals accountable?
If you believe in your constitutional right of the 2nd Amendment, there is an ulterior motive behind every gun restricting bill that is unconstitutional.
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