IP-43, claims to ban “Assault Weapons” and “Large Capacity Magazines”. However, in the poorly worded petition, the authors, either knowingly, or unknowingly, defined EVERY semi-automatic rifle as an Assault Weapon. IP-43 would make every law abiding citizen guilty of a felony should they fail to turn their semi-automatic rifle in to law enforcement, sell to an authorized gun dealer, make inoperable, destroy, or register each rifle and submit to a new background check. The same holds true for EVERY magazine you own with a capacity of 11 rounds or more. Each and every one must be registered, and you must submit to a background check to retain your magazines.
IP-44, makes it a felony to “transfer” a weapon without an approved trigger lock or cable. If you transfer a weapon without a trigger lock, you would be liable for any injury caused as a result of the gun for up to 5 years. In other words, you would become responsible for the actions of another person for up to 5 years.
Both of these petitions must be prevented from reaching the November Ballot. Should we succeed in our battle to keep these off the ballot, the creators of IP-43 has vowed to have our legislators to introduce a bill that duplicates this petition. The recent history in Salem has been very pro gun control. Our rights have been stripped little by little over the past several years. Most votes within the Oregon legislation have been along party lines or very close to it, and anti-gun Democrats have controlled our legislation all during this time.
Oregonians must vote in pro 2nd Amendment legislators. The Oregon Firearms Federation has created a “2018 Oregon Primary Candidate Ratings”. Each Candidate is given a grade based upon voting history and response to a survey. you can see the Candidate Grade Card HERE.
It is not hopeless…with a statewide coordinated effort, with lots of hard work, with the right message to the right people, we will stop, now and in the future, Oregon’s liberal and unconstitutional attempt to take away our right to own and possess guns as guaranteed under the 2nd amendment of our US Constitution.
Ron Le Blanc is the Past Chair of the Clackamas County Republican Party. He led the successful battle to stop the City of Lake Oswego in their attempt to implement a gun ban. Ron developed and manages the Facebook page: Your Gun Rights, and was the key speaker at the recent Support the 2nd Rally in Sandy, Oregon.
The opinions of the author at not necessarily those of the Clackamas County Republican Party.