Federal judge says Oregon gun measure can go forward; state judge says it cannot

Federal judge says Oregon gun measure can go forward; state judge says it cannot

FILE – In this Feb. 19, 2021, file photo, a man enters a gun shop in Salem, Ore. A federal judge has denied a petition to delay Measure 114. That means a ban on buying or selling magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition will go into effect this Thursday. Hours after a federal judge ruled a ban on high capacity magazines in Oregon can take effect Thursday and put a 30-day hold on the permit requirement to purchase a firearm, a state circuit court judge blocked the law from going into effect in its entirety. The new law would ban the manufacture, purchase or sale of high capacity magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. It would also require people take a safety course and pass a background check to get a permit allowing them to purchase a firearm. It would also close the so-called “Charleston Loophole,” a gap in federal law that allows firearms to be transferred to a person after three days if a background check is not complete. As of Thursday, according to the federal ruling, transfers cannot happen in Oregon until the background check is completed. But Harney County circuit court judge Robert Raschio said if Measure 114 were implemented it would violate Oregonians’ state constitutional rights because they would be “unable to lawfully purchase a firearm or bear a magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition in the State of Oregon,” Roschio wrote. “Deprivation of […]

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