Campaign to overturn Oregon gun control bill fails

Campaign to overturn Oregon gun control bill fails

Laws that ban guns in the state Capitol and require firearms to be safely locked will go into effect on Saturday. An effort to undo a major gun-control bill passed by Oregon Democrats this year has failed, meaning the law will take effect on Saturday as scheduled. Two Republican lawmakers who launched a referendum petition against Senate Bill 554 told OPB on Friday they had not collected the 74,680 signatures necessary to put the law before voters in next year’s general election. Those signatures are due by 5 p.m. “I would say it was COVID that was the issue in getting this over the finish line,” said state Rep. David Brock Smith, R-Port Orford, one of three chief sponsors of the petition. “I do want to thank those that were committed to getting the message out and collecting the signatures.” Beginning Saturday, Oregon gun owners will be required to secure their weapons via mechanisms like gun locks when not in use. Smith told OPB he’d last heard the effort had collected more than 30,000 signatures, far short of the necessary number. He said the campaign had relied on volunteers to circulate petition sheets, rather than paying professional signature gatherers. Another chief petitioner, state Rep. E. Werner Reschke of Malin, called the effort’s failure “disappointing,” and tied it to the ongoing redistricting fight occurring in Salem. “This is why our House Republican caucus is so invested in making sure the redistricting maps, which will shape Oregon politics for the next […]

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