Oregon AG Drafts Ballot Title For Ban of 'Assault Weapons,' Including Pistols

AndrewBlake

An anti-gun group is trying to ban high-capacity magazines and some semi-automatic guns in Oregon.

Portland, OR – The Attorney General for Oregon has drafted the ballot title for an initiative that would ban the sale of high capacity magazines and many semiautomatic rifles, pistols, and shotguns.

Initiative Petition 43 makes it a crime to have possession of, or transfer, assault weapons or large capacity magazines, with some exceptions, according to The Oregonian.

The ballot initiative would make it illegal to manufacture and the sale of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, according to The Oregonian. It also would ban the manufacture and sale of firearms classified as assault weapons. Those bans would start in 2019.

An “assault weapon,” as defined by the proposed law, included semi-automatic rifles and pistols with a detachable magazine and one of several modifications, semi-automatic shotguns with grip and stock modifications, and semi-automatic rifles under 30 inches in length, the Statesman Journal reported.

The initiative said a high-capacity magazine was defined as any feeding device that held more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

Conservative Oregonians and gun enthusiasts were furious about the proposed change to the state’s gun laws, and called it an infringement on the Constitution, according to the Statesman Journal.

The Statesman Journal reported that some said it was the first step in the realization of a long-held belief that the government would someday try to take away its citizens' firearms.

Oregon Firearms Federation Director Kevin Starrett said blamed the effort on “well-funded, far-left organizations that are exploiting impressionable children to attack the Constitution,” the Statesman Journal reported.

"It's frightening that so many young people are blindly following puppet masters and actually demanding fewer rights," Starrett told the Statesman Journal in an email.

Under the new law, any person who already owned a newly-prohibited weapon covered by the proposed law would have to get rid of them or face felony charges.

Military and law enforcement employees who need to carry firearms and retailers who sell those weapons to the police and military would exempted. For everyone else, possession of those weapons would be a Class B felony, according to The Oregonian.

Before the initiative can move forward, several things have to happen on a tight deadline.

The Portland area clergy leading the effort have only until July 6 to collect more than 88,000 signatures to get it on the ballot this November, but they can’t get started until the ballot appeal process is completed, according to The Oregonian.

Opponents may appeal the ballot title all the way to the Oregon Supreme Court, which can be a lengthy process, The Oregonian reported.

The Oregonian reported that Lift Every Voice, the organizers of the initiative, planned to rely on volunteers rather than paid signature gatherers to get the 88,000 signatures.

The public can comment on the draft up until May 8.

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Comments (18)
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Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

The crowd looks 15 and under.............

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

How does that lessen their legitimacy?

MikeInVa
MikeInVa

Looks like some just finished about 8 bong hits before hitting the streets

Marxest
Marxest

Look. Assault weapons aren't the problem. I never seen a gun kill someone by itself. It's when it's in the hands of a killer the gun does it's work. We can't ban assault weapons. We have to "ban" white supremacists, criminals, terrorists and villains in general. America has too many enemy nations to just deprive law abiding citizens of their weapons.

Sun2Sea
Sun2Sea

For one, they don't vote. Secondly, they are of the age that many of them are following the crowds and not yet mature enough to make decisions that alter the provisions of the US Constitution.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Sun2Sea
But they're American, and even if some of them can't vote, they will all be voting age come next presidential election. All the brow beating of high school students that Republicans have done the past couple months will probably come back to haunt them.

This movement is originating from notoriously red Florida. With their population aging out and this wave of students that will be able to vote in a couple years, it will be interesting to see what happens to the state.

Muleskinnerpatriot
Muleskinnerpatriot

Well I guess the next civil war has to start somewhere. I wonder? Will the politicians be the one kicking in the doors to confiscate law-abiding citizens Firearms? Of course not they will order their law enforcement agencies to do so and there's a healthy chance that many of those fine Heroes will refused the order and there's also a healthy chance that those who accept the order will end up like Swiss cheese. Keep your powder dry Patriots it looks like you're going to need it in Oregon

BruthaV
BruthaV

These children are clueless as to the world around them. First of all, Science/biology tells us that their frontal lobes (responsible for behavior, learning, etc.) isn't fully developed. Secondly, they are simply parroting what either their parents, or Marxist Progressive teachers, are telling them. Lastly, they have no life experience/empirical evidence, is virtually non-existent; therefore, their decision-making is almost always dictated by emotion and/or feelings, rather than logic. The law recognizes this by stating minors cannot enter into contracts, because they are too immature and/or vulnerable. These kids (and their naive, idealistic adult comrades), are not the folks I want deciding my Constitutional rights/liberties.

Florence 1946
Florence 1946

Dumb meet dumber

rds40
rds40

They are quick to give away other's rights. A driver's license should require consent to a test for imparment before all vehicle operation. How many do these kids kill in a car high or drunk? 300 for rifles. . 13 thiusand for impared driving...3o percent their age bracket. THEY are the killers.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@rds40
Yeah, that's none of these people most likely. Stop being afraid of your own shadow.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
Probably because "urban black" and "white supremacist" aren't equal. "black supremacist" would be more equal, but they don't hold a candle to assault weapon deaths from white supremacists.

b1rd
b1rd

H_C Dumbass everyone who is white is a white supremacist by your standards.

MedicMike
MedicMike

It means they are advocating for the restriction of a right that they cannot even enjoy, since you must be 18 to purchase a rifle or pistol from a dealer, and 21 to purchase a pistol. It would be the same if 14 year old kids were arguing for banning cars they cannot yet drive.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@MedicMike
Most of these people are adults though.

b1rd
b1rd

H_C dumbass can you prove that or are you (most likely) just pulling information from your ass again?

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

I periodically read through these comments and they appear to be the same people writing about how stupid the other dudes comments were.


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