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The gun control debate in Oregon takes a dramatic turn, makes national headlines

The gun control debate continues to rage in Oregon. In the 77th Legislative Assembly in Oregon this year, several bills have been introduced to place controls on gun ownership. Previously, Sen. Ginny Burdick (D-Portland) and Sen. Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene) brought up bills that would have banned high capacity magazines, expanded background checks for firearm purchases, banned semiautomatic rifles and banned all firearms from the Capitol Building.

No bill has been more explosive than HB 3200, which has now been featured at HotAir.com and Breitbart.com. Burdick and Prozanski previously announced that their various bills would not be pursued. But Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) has introduced a bill that would be more far-reaching than perhaps any gun control legislation ever introduced in any state. This bill, with 7 co-sponsors in the House and 7 more co-sponsors in the Senate, would provide for the following:

HB 3200 not only bans most modern guns and magazines, it allows warrantless searches of your home, requires background checks and registration for a firearm you already own and as-of-yet undefined storage requirements. We say “a firearm” because even if you comply with the restrictions in this bill you may still only own one.(Of course the bill does not apply to “government employees”.) (courtesy Oregon Firearms Federation).

As Mary Chastain points out at Breitbart.com,

There has been much chatter about governments confiscating guns, and this law would give the Oregon government that power. Typically, such a law is not retroactive, but this one is applicable to those legally in possession of such “assault” weapons.

Any person who, prior to the effective date of this law, was legally in possession of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine shall, within 120 days after the effective date of this 2013 Act, without being subject to prosecution:

(a) Remove the assault weapon or large capacity magazine from the state;

(b) Sell the assault weapon or large capacity magazine to a firearms dealer licensed under 18 U.S.C. 923 for lawful sale or transfer under subsection (2) of this section;

(c) Surrender the assault weapon or large capacity magazine to a law enforcement agency for destruction;

(d) Render the assault weapon permanently inoperable; or

(e) If eligible, register the assault weapon or large capacity magazine as provided in section (4) of this       2013 Act.

That section four (4) is scarier than the previous section. If a citizen wants to register the gun, they need to agree to some eyebrow-raising conditions. These include the following:

(4) A person may not register more than one assault weapon and three large capacity magazines under this section. Additional assault weapons and large capacity magazines must be disposed of in the manner specified in section (3) of this 2013 Act.

(b) Submit to a criminal background check conducted by the department to confirm that the person is not a prohibited possessor under ORS 166.250.

(5) A registered owner of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine is required to:

(a) Securely store the assault weapon or large capacity magazine pursuant to rules and regulations adopted by the department;

(b) Allow an inspector from the department to inspect the storage of assault weapons and large capacity magazines to ensure compliance with this subsection …

Jazz Shaw, at HotAir.com, thinks this might be the worst gun bill ever written:

We are assured on a daily basis that the authorities aren’t coming to kick down the doors of gun owners, but out in Oregon they are clearly opening the door to unscheduled, uninvited visits to people on the list.

And this is so important… so critical.. so vital… that a state of emergency must be declared to exist so the law will go into effect immediately without any period of review or challenges. Now tell me again why we’re all paranoid crazies making up fantasies about the government?

This bill is so far-reaching that even some Democrats are balking. In fact, Rep. Ben Unger (D-Hillsboro) predicts that it will not pass. Of course, the bill has not yet been heard on the House floor, so there’s no way to be sure. Keep in mind that amendments will be offered, and the bill will evolve from its present form. One thing is certain – Oregon has made national news yet again for its uniqueness and its polarizing legislature.

 

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