Oregon’s high court to consider proposed gun-control measure

Pastor Mark Knutson of the Augustana Lutheran Church speaks at a news conference in Portland, Ore., on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, about a proposed ballot measure that would restrict ownership of assault weapons and large-capacity… PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A proposed ballot measure that would restrict ownership of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines wound up in the Oregon Supreme Court after a gun rights proponent on Wednesday petitioned for a review of the ballot title, saying it was politically charged and deceptive. The state’s high court received the review one day before the deadline, said Phillip Lemman of the Oregon Judicial Department. The topic has become incendiary amid a flood of school shootings, many of them carried out with AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifles. Backers of the statewide initiative told a news conference in a church in Portland, Oregon, they are ready to launch a statewide campaign to gather enough signatures to put the measure on the November ballot as soon as the court finishes its deliberations. “We want to move forward and give Oregonians the chance to vote,” said Pastor Mark Knutson of the Augustana Lutheran Church, one of the three chief petitioners. “We are ready. As an organization we are building tremendous capacity throughout the state to get the 88,000 signatures that are required in the time that we are given, by July 6.” The campaigners are counting on the participation of youth, who protested across the nation to demand stricter gun laws, to help gather signatures, and […]

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