Beaver State gun owners are preparing for a tough legislative session in which there will be “no real surprises” in terms of gun control proposals, according to the Oregon Firearms Federation.
This alert comes just a week after the Portland Oregonian and OregonLive announced that summaries of several gun-control measures were now available for public comment. The initiatives “would create preconditions to buying semiautomatic weapons, ban all sales of semiautomatic weapons to people under 21 and ban magazines that carry more than 10 rounds.”
Legislation up for consideration this year, according to the OFF alert, includes House Bill 4005, which the gun rights group says “creates a virtual prohibition on firearms possession by persons under 18, no matter how competent and responsible they are.” It’s a so-called “safe storage” bill.
House Bill 4036 would create new restrictions for concealed handgun license holders and police officers at airports, OFF says.
Senate Bill 1538 would allow local municipalities and counties, metropolitan service districts and school districts to “create their own rules for firearm possession.” According to OFF, “Oregon’s pre-emption law is under attack by the usual suspects.”
According to OFF, “Given that there have been essentially no issues with license holders in any of these places, it is clear that the reason for this bill is pure hatred for lawful gun owners. The Governor has talked about looking forward to “revenge” and apparently most Democrat Senators are along for the ride.”
The legislature opens its session on Monday, Feb. 3. It is scheduled to end March 8.
Anti-gunners have been trying to push a gun control initiative in Oregon for a couple of years.
According to KGW News, the group pushing gun control is an “interfaith” organization calling itself Lift Every Voice Oregon. Last year, their attempt to ban so-called “assault weapons” and “large-capacity magazines” failed because they could not get an initiative on the ballot, thanks to legal challenges.
Oregon’s legislative session is off to a much later start than other state legislatures. But the power in Salem is in the hands of anti-gun Democrats.
The gun prohibition lobby is not as active in Oregon as it is in neighboring Washington, where Seattle-based anti-gunners have billionaire support to push their agenda in Olympia.
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