Oregon Gun-Control Proposal Might Be Out Of Time To Make Ballot

Oregon Gun-Control Proposal Might Be Out Of Time To Make Ballot

M.O. Stevens / Wikimedia Commons – bit.ly/225LXJl The lone gun-control measure vying for the November ballot has likely run out of time. The Oregon Supreme Court Wednesday announced it would not certify ballot language for Initiative Petition 43 , a proposed ban on military-style semi-automatic weapons in Oregon. Instead, the court referred draft ballot language back to Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum for revision, finding substantial flaws in her office’s last attempt. It’s likely the final straw for the faith-backed Lift Every Voice coalition , which had been counting on a network of hundreds of volunteers across the state to collect more than 88,000 valid signatures in a week or less. The deadline for submitting signatures is July 6. Without certified ballot language, the campaign can’t begin collecting signatures. And with the matter back before the Attorney General’s office, it’s unclear an adequate title could even be crafted by July 6. “That’s not what we wanted by any means,” said Rev. Mark Knutson, one of the chief petitioners behind the initiative, when OPB informed him of the ruling Wednesday morning. “We really wanted it now for our children’s sake.” If passed, IP 43 would ban possession of what it terms “assault weapons”—a variety of firearms that span certain types of rifles, pistols and shotguns, depending on their features. The measure would also ban magazines that carry more than 10 rounds of ammunition. People who own those items before the law took effect could still lawfully possess and use them, but […]

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Oregon Gun-Control Proposal Might Be Out Of Time To Make Ballot

Oregon Gun-Control Proposal Might Be Out Of Time To Make Ballot

The lone gun-control measure vying for the November ballot has likely run out of time. The Oregon Supreme Court Wednesday announced it would not certify ballot language for Initiative Petition 43 , a proposed ban on military-style semi-automatic weapons in Oregon. Instead, the court referred draft ballot language back to Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum for revision, finding substantial flaws in her office’s last attempt. It’s likely the final straw for the faith-backed Lift Every Voice coalition, which had been counting on a network of hundreds of volunteers across the state to collect more than 88,000 valid signatures in a week or less . The deadline for submitting signatures is July 6. Without certified ballot language, the campaign can’t begin collecting signatures. And with the matter back before the Attorney General’s office, it’s unclear an adequate title could even be crafted by July 6. “That’s not what we wanted by any means,” said Rev. Mark Knutson, one of the chief petitioners behind the initiative, when OPB informed him of the ruling Wednesday morning. “We really wanted it now for our children’s sake.” If passed, IP 43 would ban possession of what it terms “assault weapons” — a variety of firearms that span certain types of rifles, pistols and shotguns, depending on their features. The measure would also ban magazines that carry more than 10 rounds of ammunition. People who own those items before the law took effect could still lawfully possess and use them, but they would have to register […]

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Oregon gun-control proposal might be out of time to make ballot

Oregon gun-control proposal might be out of time to make ballot

Supporters of Initiative Petition 43 gather to drop off more than 3,000 signatures to be verified. The initiative would restrict the sale, production and ownership of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. ANNA REED / Statesman Journal Buy Photo The lone gun-control measure vying for the November ballot has likely run out of time. The Oregon Supreme Court Wednesday announced it would not certify ballot language for Initiative Petition 43, a proposed ban on military-style semi-automatic weapons in Oregon. Instead, the court referred draft ballot language back to Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum for revision, finding substantial flaws in her office’s last attempt. It’s likely the final straw for the faith-backed Lift Every Voice coalition, which had been counting on a network of hundreds of volunteers across the state to collect more than 88,000 valid signatures in a week or less. The deadline for submitting signatures is July 6. Without certified ballot language, the campaign can’t begin collecting signatures. And with the matter back before the Attorney General’s office, it’s unclear an adequate title could even be crafted by July 6. If passed, IP 43 would ban possession of what it terms “assault weapons” — a variety of firearms that span certain types of rifles, pistols and shotguns, depending on their features. The measure would also ban magazines that carry more than 10 rounds of ammunition. People who own those items before the law took effect could still lawfully possess and use them, but they would have to register with the […]

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