TRIGGERED: Firearms confiscation and felony charges for owning shotguns and rifles introduced in Oregon
Firearms confiscation introduced in Oregon
Proposal could make ownership of rifles and shotguns a felony
PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregonians could soon be forced to forfeit their firearms or face felony charges.
The proposal to confiscate firearms from law-abiding Oregonians, Initiative Petition 42, was filed by the so-called “People of Goodwill Campaign to Ban Assault Weapons,” which is headed by anti-Second Amendment zealot Mark Knutson who has been on this crusade for two years. The problem, is that “assault weapons,” has been loosely defined and includes shotguns. The proposal also defines high-capacity as exceeding ten rounds.
Portland-based Republican operative Jonathan Lockwood decried the proposal.
“Oregonians are under attack,” said Lockwood. “You could lose your right to self-defense and face felony charges for simply owning your grandfather’s rifle or a shotgun.”
Article I, Section 27 of the Oregon Constitution is even broader than the Second Amendment:
“Section 27. Right to bear arms; military subordinate to civil power. The people shall have the right to bear arms for the defence [sic] of themselves, and the State, but the Military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power[.]”
“Every Oregonian who lawfully exercises their rights should be outraged they are being demonized,” Lockwood added. “We deserve to know where our leaders stand on this assaultive proposal to criminalize owning firearms.”
As reported in the Statesman Journal, the proposal “would require any person in legal possession of [a firearm] to sell, surrender or remove the weapon from the state, or render it inoperable, within 120 days of passage, according to the language.” Any violation of the proposal if passed would be a Class B felony.
“This is completely out of hand — I couldn’t believe it,” said state Rep. Bill Post, R-Keizer. “I’ve been told so many times by people in favor of gun control: ‘no one is coming to take your guns.’ This explicitly comes for your guns.”
Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Wooldridge, a retired Navy captain and former commander of the Blue Angels and the Lemoore air base, said he was disturbed by the proposal.
“Attempting to take away the Constitutional rights and civil liberties of law abiding citizens has never reduced violence,” said Wooldridge in a statement. “Our state is facing serious issues, issues this governor continues to ignore. It’s time the extreme left quit playing political games and start addressing the real issues plaguing our great state. All Oregonians deserve better.”
The anti-firearms activists will need to get enough signatures to put the measure to a vote in the November election and they’ll need 1,000 signatures to begin the ballot title drafting process. By July 6, they’ll need just 88,000 signatures to get the measure on the ballot.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and state Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, who is also running for governor, have not yet made public their position on the proposal.