New Gun Laws?

New Gun Laws?

Gun Rights

Several bills in the Oregon Legislature would add new restrictions on gun purchases. (David Maialetti/Philadelphia Inquirer-TNS) Baker County voters in November overwhelmingly approved an ordinance designed to prevent the enforcement of laws violating the Second Amendment and the ordinance could receive its first test later this year. At least 12 bills have been introduced in the Oregon Legislature that deal with firearms or ammunition in some way. Senate Bill 501, which has received the most publicity, is also the most restrictive. It would require gun buyers to acquire a permit, limit people from possessing guns with a capacity of no more than five rounds, limit the amount of ammunition a person can buy to 20 rounds in a 30-day period, require background checks for ammunition purchases and require gun owners to secure firearms with a trigger or cable lock. SB 501 has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee where it might go through revisions. Meanwhile, Baker County voters — by margin of 5,463 to 2,752 — have joined those in eight other Oregon counties in approving a Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance. The ordinance prohibits the county sheriff from using county money or employees to enforce any law that infringes on citizens’ Second Amendment rights. The ordinance also requires the sheriff to review local, state and federal laws to determine whether any violates the Oregon or federal constitution. What’s not clear is whether the ordinance itself is legally enforceable. Multiple lawyers in Oregon have said that the ordinance might […]

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