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Oregon Supreme Court Refuses To Overturn Court Ruling Blocking Restrictive Gun Law

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Bronson Winslow Second Amendment & Politics Reporter
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Oregon’s restrictive gun law, Ballot Measure 114, will remain blocked after the Oregon Supreme Court denied a petition to overturn a lower court ruling that temporarily restrained the measure, according to court records.

The justices denied the petition to overturn the measure, saying the decision should remain in the lower courts for now, according to the justices’ opinion. If implemented, the measure would require background checks, firearm training, fingerprint collection and a permit to purchase any firearm. (RELATED: Oregon’s New Gun Control Law Sparks Buying Spree As Thousands Race To Get Firearms)

“Our decision today does not serve as a bar to any future challenge in this court or otherwise on appeal. Rather, at this juncture, and given our understanding that the trial court is proceeding as expeditiously as possible to resolve the issues that the parties have presented, we have determined that we should decline to exercise our manda-mus discretion at this time,” the justices wrote in the opinion.

In December, the Oregon Supreme Court denied Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s first request to remove a hold on the law. Rosenblum sought to overturn a lower court’s ruling by Harney County Judge Robert Raschio.

Following the supreme court decision Thursday, Rosenblum said that she was “very disappointed” that the court denied the petition. “We intend to continue to defend the law zealously in the Harney County court. My office takes the position the law passed by Oregonians last November is totally proper and legal under the U.S. and Oregon constitutions,” she continued.

After Oregon voters passed the ballot measure by slim margins during the midterm elections, several lawsuits were filed claiming the measure was unconstitutional. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, Oregon State Shooting Association, Mazama Sporting Good, Oregon Firearms Federation and many other gun rights groups filed lawsuits.

Rosenblum, who is named in all of the lawsuits, argued that pausing the measure will lead to unnecessary deaths.

“The deficiencies in this ballot measure cannot go unaddressed. Forget that it is scheduled to go into effect before Oregon even certifies the election, but it requires potential gun owners to take a class that has yet to be created, at a cost yet to be determined, so that they can obtain a permit that doesn’t actually give them permission to purchase a firearm,” Oregon National Rifle Association state director Aoibheann Cline previously told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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