Oregonians to Vote on Nation’s ‘Strictest Gun-Control Measure’

Oregonians to Vote on Nation’s ‘Strictest Gun-Control Measure’

Guns in San Francisco, Calif., in a file image. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Oregonians will soon vote on a ballot measure that opponents say could virtually end the legal sale of firearms in the state, making it one of the “strictest gun-control measures ever proposed in the nation.” If voters approve Measure 114, the “Changes to Gun Ownership and Purchase Requirements Initiative,” a permit would be required to obtain any firearm, magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds would be outlawed, some commonly used pump shotguns would be banned because they can exceed the 10 round limit, and State Police would be required to maintain a searchable public database of all permit applications. Arguments on both sides of the issue began in earnest on July 26 as a five-person committee— comprising two members who helped to draft and promote the citizen-driven ballot measure, another who supports it, and two who oppose it—met to write the 500-word Explanatory Statement that will appear in the voters’ guide this fall. The committee got off to a contentious start as the only statement considered had been provided by proponents. Those opposing the measure called their language “misleading.” “The Explanatory Committee is charged with preparing an impartial, simple, and understandable statement explaining the ballot measure,” wrote committee member Leonard Williamson in a memo to the committee. “By omitting certain key components of the summary, voters are misled as to what the ballot measure will do or not do.” The measure would enact a law […]

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