2nd Amendment Rights

I oppose, and will continue to oppose attempts to restrict fundamental second amendment rights and freedoms.

My Grandfather, William Gaylord and I share a rich American heritage and history as I’m sure many of your families do. Our Gaylord ancestors came to America around 1630 and helped layout the city of Boston, MA as well as founding a town on the East Coast before they moved west. They arrived on this continent long before America’s founding and took our American heritage and our Constitutional freedom seriously. That mantle has been passed to me and I will defend our Constitutional freedom regardless of the cost, it’s that important!

My Grandfather was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting. Nothing made him happier than awakening in the wee hours on a crisp morning in October or November at a campsite in Eastern Oregon to go out and hunt deer and elk. And there's something about the seriousness and care he embodied that still rings in my ears. These days, in particular, I remember him saying “Never touch the guns in the gun cabinet unless I help you” and “Treat every weapon as if it’s loaded.” And yes, he was a proud member of the NRA.

Make no mistake, firearms are to be treated with respect. In the wrong hands, firearms are not only dangerous but deadly.

However hunting isn’t the reason that Constitutional protections exist relating to gun ownership. These Constitutional guarantees exist for self-defense and the preservation of freedom of all our rights from the tyranny of our own government and to repel an attack of a foreign power.

Ownership of a firearm is a great responsibility and should never be taken lightly. It’s a right that I value and carry on with my children today. As a family, I’ve taught my children to appreciate the freedom to protect oneself as expressed in the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article I Section 27 of the Oregon Constitution.

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution states in part…”the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”, as well as Article I, Section 27 of the Oregon Constitution says, “The people shall have the right to bear arms for the defense of themselves, and the State, but the Military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power.” These are clearly enumerated rights of the people.

As an Oregon State Senator, I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America, and of the state of Oregon and I will honor that oath

The legislature needs to focus on criminals using guns and caring for people with mental health issues. None of the current anti-gun bills accomplish these two key points. In fact they will make Oregonians less safe and create more victims while making criminals out of law abiding gun owners.

Quite frankly I don’t trust a government that doesn’t trust its own citizens with their Constitutional rights.

Please join me in doing everything you can to defeat these bills so we can focus our efforts on policies that will make people safer. Please talk with your friends and encourage them to email their Senators and Representatives in opposition to these bills. We are at a critical time in our history and we must not fail in our duty to protect the citizens of our state and Country.

In freedom,

Senator Tim Knopp