Oregon Measure 114: the Nation’s Most Extreme Gun Control Proposal

Faye Higbee
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Oregon Measure 114 will be on the ballot in November in the state, a gun control measure that could conceivably make it one of the strictest gun control actions in the nation. It’s called “Changes to Gun Ownership and Purchase Requirements Initiative.” It literally defies the Constitution of the United States.

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“…a permit would be required to obtain any firearm, magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds would be outlawed, some commonly used pump shotguns would be banned because they can exceed the 10 round limit, and State Police would be required to maintain a searchable public database of all permit applications…

The measure would enact a law requiring a permit issued by a local law enforcement agency to purchase any firearm. Applicants would have to pay a fee, be fingerprinted, complete safety training, and pass a criminal background check.

In addition, the applicant must complete a hands-on demonstration of basic firearms handling to qualify.

“In order to obtain the permit, an applicant would have to show up with a firearm to demonstrate the ability to load, fire, unload, and store the firearm,” Williamson, an Oregon trial attorney specializing in firearms law, told The Epoch Times. “But you can’t get a firearm without the permit. And under Oregon’s highly restrictive gun storage laws, no one can legally loan a firearm to another. That creates an impassable barrier.”

The Epoch Times

“Enormously expensive or impossible to comply”

And that’s not all of the little ins and outs of this initiative. It requires the Oregon State Police police to provide the above permitting program, but provides no funding for them, nor does it have a time frame, so there are no consequences if they don’t do it at all. It does not estimate the cost for small police departments, but the Sheriff’s association says it will cost at least $40 million for their offices…something they have emphatically stated they will not do. Smaller police agencies would have no way to comply with this measure.

Measure 114 also allows “unfettered authority to inquire into all manner of personal information of the applicant and to deny the applicant the permit for any reason or for simply failing to cooperate,” according to Leonard Williamson, an Oregon trial attorney. The recent Bruen Supreme Court ruling regarding this sort of thing should have slammed the door on this initiative before it even got off the ground.

Owners of magazines containing more than 10 rounds are allowed to keep them…except that it’s impossible to prove that it was purchased before the ban. So the person who owns it will have to prove their innocence when it should be the other way around (or they can turn it in to the local police). Measure 114 outlaws the use of a large capacity magazine for self-defense outside the home. They can only be used “on the owner’s property, at a gunsmith, on a private shooting range, or during a firearms competition.” So a 15 round magazine instantly becomes illegal once you step foot outside your home.

“I don’t think you’ll find any precedent in U.S. history in which a citizen has to go through so many hoops to exercise Constitutional rights. This is the first of its kind, and if it passes, it will wind up in court.”

Leonard Williamson, Oregon trial attorney

We hope it simply doesn’t pass in November, but keep in mind this is Oregon. Oregon has thousands upon thousands of gun owners outside of the large metropolitan areas. It’s the populations of metropolitan areas like Portland and Salem that drive the elections, leaving rural Oregonians in the dust.

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Featured screenshot via Statesman Journal

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