>La Grande Observer | Union and Wallowa Counties' News Leader

Observer news NE Oregon Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

Follow LaGrandeObserver.com

La Grande Observer print edition

view all La Grande Observer print publications »

The Observer paper 11/21/14

The LaGrande Observer is now online in a Replica E-edition form and publishes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Current subscribers have full access to the E-edition.

View Paper

If you are not a current subscriber, subscribe today for immediate access.

Subscribe


Recent article comments

Powered by Disqus

Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow Oregonians rush to arm themselves with handguns

Print

Oregonians rush to arm themselves with handguns

PORTLAND — The number of concealed handgun licenses has jumped by more than 20 percent in Oregon during the first six months of this year.

Just over 200,000 Oregonians had a license as of July 10, up from 163,000 at the end of 2012, The Oregonian newspaper reported. About one in 15 adults in Oregon is licensed to carry a concealed handgun — up from one in 22 adults in 2010.

The increase followed the Dec. 11 shooting at Clackamas Town Center, which left two shoppers dead and one wounded, and the massacre that occurred three days later at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school.

Though the shootings started a nationwide push for stricter gun control, they also sparked a rush to buy guns before more restrictive laws might be passed. In December, the number of FBI background checks for gun purchases through federally licensed dealers soared by 39 percent.

Oregon, like Washington and Idaho, is a "shall-issue" state, meaning the law requires authorities to issue a license unless the applicants are disqualified for criminal records, mental illness or drug use.

California, by contrast, is a "may-issue" state, where applicants must make a persuasive case before authorities will issue a license. The difference is dramatic, with about one in every 550 California adults holding concealed-carry weapons licenses.

Reasons for obtaining a concealed handgun license vary, but personal safety is at the top of the list.

"I regard carrying a defensive weapon to be cheap insurance in the category of seat belts, life jackets and bike helmets," said retired airline pilot Eric Rush, 71, of Hebo. "I try to avoid situations in which I might need to use any of those."

According to Oregon State Police statistics, the increase in handgun licenses has been similar across the Portland area: 23 percent in Clackamas County, 24 percent in Washington County and 26 percent in Multnomah County.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Public Safety Training Center & Indoor Shooting Range serves as county's processing center for concealed handgun licenses and is one of the most heavily used shooting venues in the Portland area. Interest in handgun training has been so strong that the range has had trouble keeping ammunition in stock.

"For a while, it was almost impossible to find 9mm pistol ammunition," said range manager Mike Palmer. "And when we could find it, it was really expensive."

Print

blog comments powered by Disqus
News
Local / Sports / Business / State / National / Obituaries / Public Notices
Opinion
Editorials / Letters / Guest Columns / Columnists
Features
Outdoors / Ag / Spiritual / Go Magazine / Portraits
Classifieds
View all classifieds / Jobs / Autos / Real Estate / Rentals / Place an Ad
The Observer
About / Contact / Commercial Printing / Subscriptions / Terms of Use / Site Map
Also Online
Photo Reprints / Slideshows / Weather and Valley Cam / /index.php?option=com_rss&feed=RSS2.0&no_html=1">RSS Feed ?> RSS Feed

Follow La Grande Observer headlines on Follow La Grande Observer headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2014 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use

download nik software dfine osx mountain lion download http://www.cfaiurc.fr/?pk_n=4038&pk_kwd=...
  • download adobe dreamweaver cs5 mac http://dphss.guam.gov/?hosturl=4214&gray... download 2010 microsoft word
  • illustrator mac buy online buying windows xp professional from microsoft academic discount microsoft office 2007
  • best price dreamweaver cs6 cheap microsoft word download in english cheapest microsoft office 2010 for students
    http://isa.univ-tours.fr/?&sn=get&cat=56... achat cialys acheter kamagra inde
    kamagra soft http://ahva.ubc.ca/student/index.php?all... http://ahva.ubc.ca/student/index.php?all...
    prezzo originale farmacia viagra kamagra oral jelly comprar viagra generico por internet vardenafil generika
    purchase microsoft office enterprise 2007 http://www.taftcollege.edu/academic/math... price of ms office 2010