Sam Carpenter on Gun Control Policy

UPDATE 4/18/2018: Sam Carpenter earns the highest possible rating from the Oregon Firearms Federation, best of ANY candidate. Knute Buehler scores an F rating (only slightly better than Kate Brown’s F-).

UPDATE 4/26/2018: With the departure of Bruce Cuff from the primary, Sam Carpenter is now the ONLY “no compromise” candidate on the Second Amendment in this race!

UPDATE 5/1/2018: Proud to earn the highest possible rating from the NRA!

UPDATE 5/5/2018: Video produced by Corey King and Oregonians For Firearms Rights and Education

“Diana and I are multi-gun owners,  proud members of the NRA and are fine with the Second Amendment as originally written…

“But my support for your rights goes deeper:

“The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms – and that means for ‘personal and civil defense,’ not just for duck hunting. We already have more than enough gun laws to ensure public safety. Let’s enforce the existing constitutional laws that work, and repeal the unconstitutional ones that don’t, instead of making any more laws that infringe on our constitutional freedoms.” – Sam Carpenter

Oregon has long been a haven for firearms owners – the Oregon State Constitution enshrines a right to keep and bear arms on top of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Oregon’s long history of support for hunting and shooting sports is ingrained in our culture, through our heritage of the Oregon Trail, the pioneer spirit, and the great frontier. However, in recent years, the radical progressive left has gone on the offensive, targeting firearms owners and impeding lawful self-defense.

The landmark case of District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago guarantee that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms for defense and that right applies to states as well as the federal government. Sam Carpenter believes in this right and, as governor, will protect your rights.

You can use a driver’s license from Oregon in any other state. You should be able to use your Oregon lawful concealed handgun permit in the same way. Sam Carpenter supports national concealed carry legislation in Congress – and supports it without confusing the issue by adding additional provisions such as expanding the national background check system. Let the bill stand on its own merits. Barring congressional legislation, Sam Carpenter also supports Oregon reciprocity with other states.

In addition to guaranteeing the right to keep and bear arms for defense, the Heller case also protects the right to keep and bear an entire class of “arms” overwhelmingly chosen by Americans for the lawful purpose of self-defense. Firearms such as the semi-automatic AR-15 type of rifle, along with numerous similar designs, are owned and lawfully used by millions of Americans for both sporting and defensive purposes. Meanwhile, lawfully owned semi-automatic rifles are used in only a tiny fraction of crimes, according to the FBI’s own data. Bans on “assault rifles” serve no purpose other than to prevent law-abiding citizens from exercising their Second Amendment rights and do not prevent crime. Sam Carpenter opposes arbitrary state-level bans on guns and accessories, and utterly rejects IP 42, the petition to put a gun ban on the ballot. (UPDATE: the petitioners for IP 42 have replaced it with IP 43, which is essentially identical but with a new number.)

Last year, Oregon passed SB 719. This year, Oregon passed HB 4145. Both of these unconstitutional bills allow the government to seize your firearms without due process of law, based on allegations of mental illness or domestic stalking. The right to due process of law, just like our right to keep and bear arms, is fundamental. Sam Carpenter opposes any legislation that removes our due process rights.

In 2017, Oregon citizen-journalist Michael Strickland was convicted for the “crime” of lawfully and safely defending himself when, on video, he drew his legally-carried concealed handgun to thwart a mob of attackers in Portland – and not firing a single shot. As governor, Sam Carpenter will perform a comprehensive review of the Strickland case – and other notorious cases of government infringing on the natural right to self-defense – to ensure justice prevails.

“Simply put, I believe in your right to protect yourself and your loved ones with firearms – and as long as you comply with the constitutional laws that are already in place, there is no reason for government to get in your way with anything else.” – Sam Carpenter