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High-capacity magazines cannot be bought or sold in Oregon because of a strict gun control measure that was approved by the state’s voters. Additionally, new gun buyers are required to complete training programs, submit to fingerprinting and background checks, and get permits.
The bill, which voters narrowly approved last month, has been the target of several challenges. This action’s results are being closely monitored. It is one of the first comprehensive gun laws since the Supreme Court invalidated the New York statute restricting gun ownership outside the home in June.
The Oregon Supreme Court declined to overturn a previous decision that prevented the law from taking effect on Thursday, so the earlier decision is still in place for the time being.
Ellen Rosenblum, the state attorney general, requested to intervene urgently on Wednesday evening, but Chief Justice Martha Walters declined her request.
Despite a federal judge’s decision in favor of the statute, Harney County Judge Robert Raschio banned it on Tuesday. Raschio’s assertion is false, according to an emergency filing from the Oregon Department of Justice.
“Magazine capacity restrictions and permitting requirements have a proven track record: they save lives!”, yelled an incensed AG Rosenblum. “We are confident the Oregon Constitution — like the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution — allows these reasonable regulations.”
“The Oregon measure bans the sale, transfer or import of magazines over 10 rounds unless they are owned by law enforcement or a military member or were owned before the measure’s passage. Those who already possess high-capacity magazines can have them only in their homes or use them at firing ranges, in shooting competitions, or for hunting, as allowed by state law after the measure takes effect,” the Associated Press reported.
Additionally, it would fix a legislative loophole that permits the transfer of guns even when background checks take too long to complete.
U.S. District Judge Karin Immergut ruled that the prohibition on the sale or transfer of high-capacity magazines can go into force on Thursday, giving the measure’s supporters their first victory. She also permitted a 30-day postponement of the permit-to-purchase requirement in the bill, but she did not completely overturn it as gun rights activists had hoped.
The statute was momentarily suspended by the Harney County judge after several hours. Before the proposal could be put into effect, Gun Owners of America Inc., the Gun Owners Foundation, and a number of individual owners claimed that it violated Oregon’s constitution.
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Since the election, gun sales and background check requests have surged as a result of fears the new law will prohibit or greatly delay the acquisition of new firearms.
“Gun rights groups, sheriffs and gun store owners have sued, saying the law violates Americans’ right to bear arms. All those lawsuits were filed in federal courts except for the one in Harney County, a gun rights group said late Tuesday,” the AP continued.
A hearing on the Harney County judge’s order is set for Tuesday. CONTINUE READING…