GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Split On Proposed Oregon Gun Measure

Republican gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler on Friday took a hardline stand against a proposed ballot measure that would ban military-style, semi-automatic firearms in Oregon. Buehler, a state representative from Bend, said that as governor he would not enforce Initiative Petition 43 if it makes it to the November ballot and is approved by voters. “It’s not constitutional,” Buehler said at a Portland radio debate with his two main GOP rivals. “And that’s what it takes being a leader, is to stand up and say, ‘These things are wrong.’” IP43 is a proposal that seeks to ban some types of weapons and high-capacity magazines from being sold or owned in Oregon. Retired Naval aviator Greg Wooldridge said he would also refuse to enforce the ban if it became law. However, Bend businessman Sam Carpenter disagreed. While he said he strongly opposed the measure, he said, “I’m going to follow the law” if it is approved by voters. The three Republican candidates for governor were appearing in the only debate of the primary season. The hourlong event was moderated by Lars Larson, a veteran conservative talk show host, and was carried on a 24-station network in the Northwest. Republican candidates for Oregon governor, from left, Knute Buehler, Sam Carpenter and Greg Wooldridge. The measure was introduced by a coalition of interfaith religious leaders and students in the wake of the mass shootings at a Parkland, Florida, high school in February. Proponents face a tough timeline for qualifying the measure for the […]

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