Ashland, Oregon –-(Ammoland.com)-The mainstream media refers to anti-gun groups like “March for Our Lives” and “Moms Demand” as grassroots groups, but these groups are anything but grassroots.
Ceasefire Oregon is one of these so-called grassroots groups, and they are going on the road in Oregon to hold classes to teach people tricks to get other people to sign up to support Initiative Petition 43. This past Saturday in Ashland, Oregon they held their first class. They plan on repeating the course across the state.
Initiative Petition 43 would put a so-called “assault weapons” ban on the Oregon ballot in November. The ban would outlaw the sale or transfer of any semi-automatic rifle or pistol that has a detachable magazine that can hold more than ten rounds.
All rifles under the proposal would have to be over 30 inches long. The rifles would not be allowed to have a pistol grip or thumbhole stock. The rifles also would not be allowed to have a barrel shroud, flash suppressor or muzzle break, or a bayonet mount or grenade/flare launcher. Collapsible and foldable stocks will also be banned if the initiative becomes law.
Pistols would not be allowed to have a secondary grip or barrel cover. The ability to accept an ammunition magazine in any other location than into the grip and a threaded barrel would also be illegal. The initiative would prohibit a pistol from having a folding, telescoping, or thumbhole stock. The NFA already bans most of those features on a pistol. For example, putting a stock on a pistol turns it into a short-barreled rifle. This oversight shows that writers of the initiative have not educated themselves on current gun laws. That opens up to the question of where this proposal comes from?
Shotguns would not be allowed to have a pistol or thumbhole grip combined with a folding or telescoping stock. The proposal would also prevent shotguns from holding more than ten rounds. Shotguns that take an external magazine or a revolving cylinder magazine would also be illegal.
The petition will need to have received 88,164 verified signatures by July 6th to appear on the November ballot. Ceasefire Oregon seems to think they will be able to hit that goal. They are working overtime with other anti-liberty groups to hit their target by training people in the art of persuading others to sign a petition.
Not only is Ceasefire Oregon holding classes in person to teach people how to trick people into signing their petition in support of Initiative Petition 43, but they have also launched a website to educate people how to properly gather signatures.
Lift Every Voice Oregon is the group that is doing the training in the state. The interesting thing is that Lift Every Voice Oregon is not another grassroots group as their website would lead you to believe. Lift Every Voice Oregon is really Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation. Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation is really Ceasefire Oregon. Ceasefire Oregon is really Oregonians Against Gun Violence (OAGV).
The exchange of money and people make it hard to tell what group is doing what. One thing we do know is that Ceasefire Oregon is being funded and helped by Moms Demand Action, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership. Some analyst might categorize the group as AstroTurf.
These anti-gun groups cannot collect signatures until the Oregon Supreme Court rules on a challenge of the ballot measure title. In Oregon, a ballot title cannot be misleading, argumentative, or deceptive.
Gun rights advocate Roger Beyer claims that Initiative Petition 43 is all three of the above. He claims the measure “uses the politically charged and emotionally laden words, ‘assault weapons,' and ‘large capacity magazines.' The description is also misleading, argumentative, and deceptive because it implies the measure applies only to a limited and belligerent group of ‘assault weapons' gun owners.”
The court ruling should be in no later than June 30th. This deadline will leave the anti-gun groups only a few days to gather signatures. Their plan is to collect most signatures at churches, mosques, and synagogues this upcoming weekend. If the measure doesn't make the 2018 ballot, Ceasefire Oregon intends to get it added to the 2020 vote.
About John Crump
John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast which can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/patriotnews. John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%'ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on the history of the patriot movement and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss or at www.crumpy.com.