Oregon Measure 114 Ruled Unconstitutional…Again

by Tommy Grant

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Measure 114, the controversial gun control law passed by voters by a narrow margin in November 2022 has again been ruled unconstitutional by Harney County Court Judge Robert Raschio.

Disingenuously dubbed the Reduction of Gun Violence Act, Measure 114 would impact legal gun ownership in Oregon in multiple ways including:

  • Requiring gun buyers to apply with the police requesting permission to buy a firearm and the police would have to approve whether that person could buy the gun or not.
  • Requiring police departments to create and perform the application process and maintain a database of those applying to purchase firearms.
  • Forcing prospective gun buyers to pay for permits to buy a gun.
  • Requiring applicants to take gun training in order to even get a permit to purchase a firearm.
  • Requiring applicants to supply their fingerprints with applications.
  • Limiting the size of mags that could be bought or used to no more than 10 rounds.

Raschio temporarily blocked the implementation of the measure last year and in his Tuesday ruling made the block permanent.

The state is naturally appealing the decision, despite the multiple points in which a high school student remotely familiar with our nation’s constitution would understand how it violates the state’s residents’ rights—that is if Oregon is still part of the United States.

Gun groups suing the state and making filings in the case argued the measure not only violates the Oregon constitution, but also limits an individual’s ability and right to self-defense as well as their right to bear arms.

On the other side of the issue, the state’s lawyers, according to the Statesmen Journal tried to make the argument that framers of the state’s constitution in the 1850s couldn’t have envisioned a world with such sophisticated firearms beyond smoothbore muskets and single shots. Raschio wasn’t buying it. He noted that Oregonians of that time wouldn’t have limited themselves in accessing “the best firearms with the highest functionality they could procure.” They depended on firearms and were indeed living at a time when multi-shot technology was available in firearms.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum plans to appeal the judge’s decision.

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