Oregon’s Ballot Measure 114, an initiative to restrict gun ownership, has been blocked by the Oregon Supreme Court. This measure would have required background checks, firearm training, fingerprint collection, and a permit to purchase any firearm. The court denied the petition to overturn the measure, citing that the decision should remain in the lower courts for now.
BREAKING: The Oregon Supreme Court has denied a motion to allow the state's new gun laws to take effect. Ballot Measure 114 remains blocked. Story to come.
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Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum had requested to remove the hold on the law, but the Supreme Court denied her request in December. Following the Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday, Rosenblum expressed her disappointment and vowed to continue defending the law.
The ballot measure was passed by Oregon voters during the midterm elections by slim margins, prompting several lawsuits claiming it was unconstitutional. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, Oregon State Shooting Association, Mazama Sporting Good, Oregon Firearms Federation, and other gun rights groups filed lawsuits against the measure.
Rosenblum argued that pausing the measure would lead to unnecessary deaths. The Oregon National Rifle Association state director Aoibheann Cline noted that the measure had some deficiencies and that potential gun owners would need to take a class at a cost yet to be determined in order to obtain a permit.
The Oregon Supreme Court’s decision has temporarily blocked the measure from being implemented, but it is possible that it could be challenged in the future. The court has allowed the lower courts to decide on the issue, and Rosenblum is determined to defend the law. The gun rights groups are also committed to challenging the measure and ensuring that it does not go into effect.
The debate over Ballot Measure 114 is ongoing and it remains to be seen what will happen in the future. The Oregon Supreme Court’s decision has temporarily blocked the measure, but it is possible that it could be challenged again in the future. The gun rights groups are committed to challenging the measure and ensuring that it does not go into effect, while Rosenblum is determined to defend it. It is clear that this debate is far from over.
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