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Landmark Locksmith Bill Passes Oregon House

"In this changing economy, the last thing we need is someone scamming us out of our money and safety” - said Chris Tardiff, Certified Master SafeCracker


(SALEM, Ore.) - Landmark legislation to license locksmiths was adopted by the Oregon House of Representatives today by a vote of 56 to 3. State Representative John Huffman (R-The Dalles) said the state needs to, “ensure the public has trustworthy, competent, technicians to help protect families and businesses by certifying individual locksmiths.”

House Bill 3127 allows the Construction Contractors Board to do background checks, require locksmiths to pass a test and enact other rules. Up to 2,000 individual locksmiths could be licensed under HB 3127.

Currently there is no law to determine who can and can’t be a locksmith. “That means a sex offender or someone with a felony can have access to the knowledge and material to walk through any door,” noted Huffman. During his remarks on the floor of the Oregon House of Representatives he also pointed out there are scam artists preying on consumers.

“If you look in the phone book or call 411 you will find hundreds of out-of-state scammers ripping off customers through shoddy workmanship and bait-and-switch schemes, costing the public thousands of dollars in bogus charges,” commented Huffman after the vote. He added HB 3127 will help hundreds of small businesses across Oregon; the legitimate locksmith shops.

"In this changing economy, the last thing we need is someone scamming us out of our money and safety,” said Chris Tardiff CMS, Certified Master SafeCracker and owner of KeyConcepts Locksmith and Safecracker service. "Legislation like this makes a strong statement about the ethics the State of Oregon strives to maintain."

"We are proud of legislation that protects the public and keeps up the good name of locksmiths," said Ernie Blatz, President of the Pacific Locksmith Association and Owner of Ernie's Locks and Keys in The Dalles and Hood River. "We are looking forward to the safety aspect this bill will bring to the general public.” The legislation was sponsored by the Pacific Locksmith Association with help from their national group, the Associated Locksmiths of America.

One of the thousands of Oregonians who fell victim to these unscrupulous characters every year is Claudine Werner of Lake Oswego. She used an 800 number to contact a locksmith claiming to be from Tigard. He changed the lock on her front door leaving her with a knock-off key. When a legal locksmith finally came out, he discovered the lock was set up to accept a master key as well.

“I assure you, to know that a key to your front door is out there in the world somewhere is a very frightening and unsettling experience,” explained Werner. “Other large cities in this country have experienced phony locksmiths who have shared or sold the duplicate keys of houses and cars. Oregon citizens should be protected from this invasive crime.”

Source: State Representative John Huffman

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kloy May 23, 2011 11:52 am (Pacific time)

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kk January 5, 2010 2:36 pm (Pacific time)

I think its the law now.but i also think that the only locksmiths that should have to take the test is. if you have not been in business more than 3 years and or have no certifacations for locksmithing. and to have business name on all vehicles used for locksmithing. and fine the ones that dont comply. Ihope it works

johnny d November 14, 2009 7:09 pm (Pacific time)

This is not going to protect ANYBODY..JOKE...We will now be Licensing the legit business. Who is going to watch the scammers. No ONe. THey dont care about licenses and never will. Look in all the states that have licenseing. There are scammers every where. THey dont care about licensing. The only ONEs that this benifit is the few big shops that pushed for this legislation so it will put the legit mom and pop smaller shops out of business. Oh and another way to get more money to the state...besides the contractors license, insurance, bonding, and local fees...MORE FEES?? THere are othe motives by the people in this article !!! its like outlawing guns...then only the outlaws will have them..idiots

Sage of the East June 27, 2009 2:09 pm (Pacific time)

Yeah, too many locksmiths screwing the people out of their money. Time to put them out of business. Seriously, Oregon's between 2 and 3 percent higher than national average unemployment hasn't gotten the attention of Salem, and they're just busy finding more job killing taxes and job killing regulation and job killing stupidity.

Anonymous June 25, 2009 4:55 pm (Pacific time)

and since they have done such a great job in regards to oversight, why not huh? All governments have done this in the last many centuries. Control, regulate, dictate, and end all civil rights. Know why? Because they know they are crooks and they are afraid of reprocussions. That is why new legislation comes day to day to take firearms away. The economy is tanking and they are concerned with locksmiths? It clearly shows their fear, and the decisions they have made out of greed, and dishonesty, and are finding out that the people are learning their deception. Putting michael jackson, farrah fawcett, and joline in the headlines isnt working anymore. Here me salem-news? it doesnt work anymore.

Editor: joline?

EazyMoney June 25, 2009 8:51 am (Pacific time)

So how much will locksmiths be charged for this mandatory certification? What sort of bearing does this have with new construction and rental maintenance? When a lock needs to be replaced or installed must it now be done by a certified locksmith? If so, that's going to raise expenses for contractors and rental property owners. But on the bright side, more government jobs will be created to set up, oversee, and enforce this new bill.

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