PDX Armed Against Hate is a firearms safety and training group that seeks to provide a safe place for people to learn to operate firearms for community defense. We stand against racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia, and religious intolerance.
In the first year following Trump’s election, reported hate crimes have risen exponentially nationwide. In Portland, Oregon metro area alone, there was a 200% increase in 2017. The targets of these hate crimes have been predominantly women, people of color, LGBTQ people, Muslims, and Jews. The hateful rhetoric of right wing ultra-nationalist and white supremacist groups like Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys have inspired murderers like Jeremy Christian’s stabbing attack on the MAX train, and James Field’s rampage in Charlottesville that killed Heather Heyer and wounded many others.
In response to these threats, those of us who believe in equality, diversity, and social justice are exercising our constitutional right to preserve and defend the lives and safety of our communities, families, and friends at risk from fascist violence.
PDX Armed Against Hate seeks to provide an alternative to the ultra-right wing NRA and its racist dogwhistling through leading inclusive classes on firearms safety, group trips to the shooting range, and providing a supportive community of like-minded individuals to learn with and train beside.
We work to provide:
Firearm Safety Classes
We provide safety classes* to small groups or individuals in need, covering the basics you need to know to safely handle and operate a firearm.
Group Range Practice
Come practice your firearms skills in a supportive, non-toxic environment that focuses on mutual education and cooperative skill-building.
Community Defense Patrols
We will assist in organizing Community Defense Patrols in your neighborhood to proactively respond to threats of hate crimes.
*classes are not certified by NRA or led by NRA certified instructors.