Proposed Oregon Gun Laws Are Worse Than You Thought

I noted the other day that a bill submitted by Oregon State Senator Rob Wagner (D) would limit people to magazines that hold no more than 5 rounds, and that people would be restricted from purchasing more than 20 rounds per month. It gets even worse, which means other Democrat run states will give this a whirl

Tough Gun Control Bill, To Oregon Senate

Scheduled to appear this year in front of the Oregon Senate is SB 501, a bill that would dramatically change firearms laws in Oregon. The bill was authored by Students for Change, a gun control advocacy group of Lake Oswego teenagers that assembled after the Parkland, Florida massacre.

If passed as the bill now stands, Oregon gun laws would be among the strictest in the country. The piece of legislation calls for anyone purchasing or receing a firearm to obtain a state-issued permit, punishable by 364 days imprisonment, a $6,250 fine, or both. The bill also requires gun owners to secure all firearms not carried by or within reach of the owner via trigger locks or locked containers, a violation would carry 30 days jail time, a $1,250 fine, or both. The law would also require background checks for purchasing or receiving ammunition, mandatory reporting to police within 24 hours of firearm theft, and 14 day background checks for gun purchases and transfers.

None of this would affect criminals. Just law abiding citizens. Most people do not keep their firearm on or near them while at home. But, they know where they are if they need them. However, they would have to be locked up, making them worthless when needed. Further, how would the Authorities know? Will they be making spot checks?

Perhaps the most sweeping changes that this bill proposes are magazine capacity regulations and ammunition sales limits. As the bill exists, it would prohibit most “large-capacity magazines,” which it defines as all magazines, fixed or detachable, capable of holding more than five rounds. Exempted from the ban would be fixed .22 caliber magazine tubes and fixed lever-action rifle magazines. The bill contained no language exempting shotguns from the ban, which sometimes hold seven shells in a fixed magazine tube. This legislation would presumably outlaw most revolvers, which usually hold six rounds. The penalty for violating this section of the law would be 364 days in prison, a $6,250, or both. Currently, the strictest state magazine capacity laws in the U.S. limit to ten rounds, and exist in a handful of states including California and New York.

The legislation would outlaw most shotguns and revolvers. And there is no grandfathering in the bill as proposed.

SB 501 would also limit ammunition sales to 20 rounds a month, per person. Rounds sold at shooting ranges would be the exception, but all rounds purchased must be fired on site. Ammunition is very commonly sold in packages of 25. Some states have ammunition laws that include permitting and prohibited round types, but a 20 round limit would be the first state law barring ammo purchase at a certain amount.

The bill as proposed also raises the age of purchase to 21 for all firearms, and makes it very difficult and very complicated to purchase. Any criminal conviction would disqualify a person. Got caught with a beer at the park? Convicted of that minor offense? Barred.

Of course, there aren’t many guns one would be allowed to actually own that are usable. Matt Vespa writes “So, in other words, if this passes, the only legal firearms you could own in Oregon were the ones the Louis and Clark expedition probably carried when they rolled into the area in the 1800s.” That might be a bit much, because that bottom rifle in the picture comes with a 5 round magazine, like many hunting rifles. This would ban the majority of handguns, though, unless the manufacturers start making mags that will only hold 5 rounds.

Expect other Democrat cities and states to start looking to do the same. Because this was always about banning guns.

Also expect lots of lawsuits and court challenges.

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6 Responses to “Proposed Oregon Gun Laws Are Worse Than You Thought”

  1. Mangoldielocks says:

    States rights. Many of these gun laws have a date with the supreme court but those of us on the right believe in the right of each state. If Oregon wants this sort of madness and its constitutional it is not for the rest of the nation to tell them what to or what not to do.

    Unfortunately this is not the case for leftists who want everything they believe in to become national law and force the entire country to observe their lunacy. This violates everything the constitution was created to satisfy? States make up the union, their rights are important to each state in the establishment of this nation.

  2. joated says:

    The Girandoni air rifle carried by Lewis and Clark had a gravity-fed magazine with a capacity of 20 balls of .46 caliber. One charge of its air tanks was said to be able to propel 30 such balls effectively down range.

  3. Kye says:

    First of all states don’t have rights, they have powers. Read your Constitution, nowhere does it grant states rights. People have rights as individuals. Secondly, any state law that does not follow the Constitution falls outside legitimate states powers.

    This type of end run around the Second is expected and must be eliminated with prejudice. I really don’t want to see radical leftist moonbats force us into another civil war.

    • joe says:

      the are going after the kids at younger and younger ages hoping us patriots that are left die off…we need to go ahead and get this over with now before we are all gone…

  4. Dana says:

    This is why we need Ruth Bader Ginsburg to go to her eternal reward — and, as she has been a consistent abortion enabler, I think I know just what her eternal reward will be — almost immediately, so that President Trump can appoint Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, and we can get all of these stupid infringements on the right to keep and bear arms thrown out.

  5. JGlanton says:

    Ammunition is very commonly sold in packages of 25

    Ignorants. Handgun ammunition is most commonly sold in boxes of 50, cases of 500 and cases of 1000. Buying cases of 1000 makes ammo more affordable, especially for those who like to go to the range or field and shoot a few hundred. .22 ammo is sold in trays of 100, 2000, and 5000, and buckets. Some boxes of 50 for specialty loads. You can’t even buy 20 rounds.

    Last time I went plinking/camping in the desert, four of us must have shot 2000 rounds. The .22 rifle almost never stopped all weekend. 9’s, 40’s, and 45’s shot hundreds each.

    I guess outdoor shooting fun in Oregon will be eliminated with only 20 rounds per day. That’s like 5 minutes of fun at the most.

    Range owners probably love this law. Nothing worse than having to buy underpowered, overpriced range ammo when you can get cases of reloads for half the price online. Let the customer scalping commence.

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