Republicans in the Oregon state Senate ended a historic six-week boycott on Thursday, claiming to have won ground on gun rights and other issues. 

As previously reported by Guns.com, a group of GOP lawmakers joined by an independent started skipping sessions last month rather than allow a quorum in the Democrat-controlled chamber. The tactic was one of the few available to stop controversial bills addressing abortion, gender politics, and gun control from reaching what should be an easy final vote for Dems. 

Now, some of the absent Republicans are headed back to work after declaring a "A huge victory for all Oregonians!"

Senate Minority Leader Tim Knopp said of his caucus that, "We repeatedly urged Democrat leaders to put the critical needs of all Oregonians first instead of prioritizing an extreme agenda that does nothing but divide us."  

With the minimum number of lawmakers now on hand for a quorum, the chamber is expected to soon hold votes on over 100 bills that have been in a holding pattern. The polarizing Democrat-backed measures, which are easily expected to pass, will be watered down.

The gun proposal, House Bill 2005, which passed the lower chamber earlier last month in a 35-24 largely party-line vote, will still be a bitter pill in terms of regulation, although not as sweeping as before. Reportedly stripped away will be provisions to bump the age to buy most guns from 18 to 21 and to allow local governments to outlaw the legal carry of firearms on their property. Retained will be a ban on unfinished frames and receivers and unserialized firearms and parts.  

"Personally made firearms will be banned under Knopp’s sellout, and while there is some talk of getting something on the record that it will not apply to AR-style uppers, we have no reason to think they are actually going to change the language of the bill to clarify that," said the pro-2A Oregon Firearms Federation in an email to Guns.com. "But it does not matter. Americans have a long and proud history of making their own firearms and some of the best innovations in firearms technology were made by individuals in their own shops. Courts have already declared that banning them or requiring serial numbers is unconstitutional."

The freshly modified HB 2005 passed 17-3 late Thursday night, with the three present Republicans, including Knopp, casting their votes against the proposal. Nine other Republicans were absent. Senate Dems describe the much-changed bill as a "common sense safety measure" that will "crack down on unserialized and undetectable ghost guns – the weapon of choice for gun traffickers, violent criminals, and people legally prohibited from buying firearms." 

The move sends the updated HB 2005 back to the state House for further consideration.

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