With Court Ruling Expected, Gun Ban Advocates Will Try to Make History

With Court Ruling Expected, Gun Ban Advocates Will Try to Make History

File photo. Backers of a ban on semi-automatic, military-style weapons in Oregon hope to win permission to start collecting signatures soon. With the window for submitting signatures closing fast, backers of a ban on semi-automatic, military-style weapons in Oregon might finally win permission to begin petitioning voters this week. The Oregon Supreme Court has announced plans to issue an opinion Wednesday on final ballot language for Initiative Petition 43. That’s one of the final hurdles faith-based backers of the petition face before they begin a frantic push to collect more than 88,000 signatures by July 6. “We are ready,” the Rev. Mark Knutson, one of the chief petitioners behind the ban, said Tuesday. “We have well over 1,000 people who’ve trained, there’s another 800 who’ve accessed our training.” But every day’s delay reduces the likelihood Knutson’s Lift Every Voice coalition will be successful, and it’s still not clear when organizers might be able to start collecting signatures. Once the Supreme Court rules on a ballot title, the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office has up to three business days to approve official templates for signature gatherers to use. Knutson says his group hopes the state office will expedite the process “so we can have the template by Friday.” The group plans to circulate petitions over the weekend at worship services around the state. “If we don’t get it until Monday, then it’s a real stretch,” Knutson said. “No one’s done this in less than a few months.” The gun control […]

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With Court Ruling Expected, Gun Ban Advocates Will Try to Make History

With Court Ruling Expected, Gun Ban Advocates Will Try to Make History

With the window for submitting signatures closing fast, backers of a ban on semi-automatic, military-style weapons in Oregon might finally win permission to begin petitioning voters this week. The Oregon Supreme Court has announced plans to issue an opinion Wednesday on final ballot language for Initiative Petition 43. That’s one of the final hurdles faith-based backers of the petition face before they begin a frantic push to collect more than 88,000 signatures by July 6. “We are ready,” the Rev. Mark Knutson, one of the chief petitioners behind the ban, said Tuesday. “We have well over 1,000 people who’ve trained, there’s another 800 who’ve accessed our training.” But every day’s delay reduces the likelihood Knutson’s Lift Every Voice coalition will be successful, and it’s still not clear when organizers might be able to start collecting signatures. Once the Supreme Court rules on a ballot title, the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office has up to three business days to approve official templates for signature gatherers to use. Knutson says his group hopes the state office will expedite the process “so we can have the template by Friday.” The group plans to circulate petitions over the weekend at worship services around the state. “If we don’t get it until Monday, then it’s a real stretch,” Knutson said. “No one’s done this in less than a few months.” The gun control campaign is currently contemplating a window of a week or less. If passed, IP 43 would make Oregon a leader in […]

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