SB 501 – The Oregon Proposal That Would Ban Most Handguns

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SB 501 would make Oregon’s gun law the strictest in the nation. Introduced by Oregon State Senator Rob Wagner, the bill would restrict the size of any magazine to five rounds, ban most handguns, and limit how much ammunition a person could purchase.

Update: Oregon has not scheduled SB 501 for a hearing, blocked by Oregon lawmakers. That’s good. It was idiocy in the first place. It means the bill will likely not get a vote in this session. noted,

Legislation submitted in the Democrat-controlled Oregon legislature would fundamentally change the state’s firearm laws, recasting them as the most restrictive in the country.

State Sen. Rob Wagner has submitted SB 501 for the upcoming session. Wagner’s bill would require licensing for gun owners prior to purchase, outlaw firearm magazines capable of holding more than five rounds and limit individual ammunition sales to no more than 20 rounds every 30 days…

…Besides its restrictions on ammunition and requirements for licensing, SB 501 would also mandate that background checks be delayed for 14-days so that state police can research would-be buyers, fine gun owners who failed to report lost or stolen firearms and require guns be locked up when not in use. There would be no grandfathering of magazines affected by the ban.

No grandfathering. So…that means nearly every gun owner in the state of Oregon would instantly become a criminal. Isn’t that special. There are few magazine manufacturers who make a magazine as small as five rounds, according to Tom Knighton at Bearing Arms.

National and State gun rights groups are vehemently opposed to the legislation. Keep in mind that the legislature in Oregon is controlled by Democrats in a “super-majority.”

“Oregonians need to show up at the Capitol and express their concern over their personal safety and the harm caused by this kind of legislation…That means your old six shot revolver would be required to be turned in or destroyed.” Oregon state Rep Bill Post (R- Keizer)

Interestingly, this could be the agenda of the state’s Governor: Kate Brown. She has made it clear that she does not like gun owners, in spite of the fact that Oregon has lots of them. The article continued,

Democrats enjoy a super-majority in both the Oregon House and Senate and have muscled several anti-gun bills through Salem to the waiting desk of fellow Dem, Gov. Kate Brown. Brown, who has in the past directed state police to track and analyze gun transactions, while urging Congress to ban “assault weapons” and enact no fly/no buy legislation, picked up a $250,000 donation from Bloomberg in 2016.

Twenty bullets at a time. Longer waits for background checks. Limitations to five rounds. Sen. Wagner says it’s a longshot. No, Senator, SB 501- it’s unconstitutional.