The National Rifle Association announced Thursday that it will challenge Oregon’s petition to ban assault weapons.
Although Initiative Petition-43 has not yet been passed, the NRA released a press release disclosing the organization’s joint challenge with the Oregon Hunters Association. (RELATED: NRA Grades Maine Gubernatorial Candidates — Straight As and Straight Fs)
The petition was filed on March 22, 2018 by a Portland interfaith group, Lift Every Voice Oregon.
The measure gives a lengthy definition of assault weapons, which includes semi-automatic rifles and pistols with a detachable magazine and one of several modification, semi-automatic firearm with a fixed magazine holding over ten rounds, semi-automatic rifles with an overall length less than 30 inches, semi-automatic shotguns with a grip and stock, a semi-automatic shotgun with either a fixed magazine in excess of ten rounds or a detachable magazine, a shotgun with a revolving cylinder, or a conversion kit.
In addition to prohibiting possession, the petition would ban manufacturing, selling, transferring, or importing assault weapons. Breaking this law would constitute a felony, reports the Statesman Journal.
“Banning the most popular style of semi-automatic firearms and standard capacity magazines is a violation of the Second Amendment,” said the executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, Chris Cox, in the press release. “Misleading voters into believing that these type of bans will have any effect on violent criminals is reckless and dangerous. Proposals like these give criminals the upper hand against law-abiding gun owners.”
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley also expressed his discontent with the initiative, calling it “a ‘feel good’ law that won’t make the schools or malls or churches any safer,” according to KVAL-TV.
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