NRA Challenges Oregon Gun Ban

NRA Challenges Oregon Gun Ban

Fairfax, VA – -(  The National Rifle Association recently announced the filing of a joint legal challenge with the Oregon Hunters Association to contest the state of Oregon’s Initiative Petition 43, which seeks to ban commonly owned semi-automatic firearms and standard-capacity magazines.

 “Banning the most popular style of semi-automatic firearms and standard capacity magazines is a violation of the Second Amendment,” said Chris Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “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.”

If passed, Initiative Petition 43 would ban semi-automatic firearms including rifles, pistols and shotguns, based only on their cosmetic features.

It would also ban standard-capacity magazines and semi-automatic firearms with a fixed magazine holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Anyone in legal possession of these firearms or magazines would be required to sell, surrender, register, or remove them from the state.

 “Measure 43 is the most serious assault we’ve ever had on our right to hunt or defend ourselves with the firearm of choice,” according to Paul Donheffner, legislative chairman for the Oregon Hunters Association. “This measure would prohibit  the use of most semi-automatic guns on all public lands in Oregon. This is a major impact on hunting, target shooting or carrying a gun for self-defense while being on public lands.”

The initiative must receive 88,184 valid signatures by July 62018 in order to appear on the November ballot; however, they cannot begin signature gathering until the legal challenge is resolved.

National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit:

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David Telliho

dear oregon (leaders) ; doom on you


Nice stall move… I did not realise the signatures cannot begin to be collected until AFTER this legal challenge is dealt with. Too bad NRA have not stepped up like this in other states with similar laws. WA are trying to get something liie this on the ballot as well. Our Bloomie lw (UBC amongst about five or more other things, thus making the law itself illegal but no one challenged it) should have been stricken before it even hit the ballot. Same with the current one being pushed. Well, at least this time NRA did step up. Keep doing… Read more »


Is it not time to review the role of initiative voting in our republic? With the current system, end runs can be made around constitutional issues by by plebiscite. This is wrong. This leads to mob rule and potential oppression of minorities by the majority. Not supposed to work that way in the USA if I understand our system correctly. The initiative process needs to be changed such that no initiative can be launched or voted on that would impinge on any constitutional right. That’s what we elect a government for, to moderate, hopefully with much consideration and good reason,… Read more »


Ballot initiatives are inherently a good idea, it allows citizens to bypass an intransigent legislature like that found in Illinois and other places. But the down side is that anyone can use it for their purpose. I have seen many good things come by ballot initiative, and of course some bad things. Not all states have this resource for citizens, but they should. In this case it seems that someone is using it to advance an agenda that may not be in the interests of the citizens. Nice thing about ballot initiatives is that the citizens can vote them down.… Read more »


And, there was a time, not long ago, when I was thinking of leaving WA for OR because the firearms regulations in WA were getting too abusive. Glad I held off. If things get any worse in OR, guess I’ll have to stop vacationing down there as well. Getting tough for a totally law abiding old vet to stay comfortable and safe. Hope we win this one. I like OR.
Too bad we can’t move Seattle to OR as well. Would fit right in next to Portland.

roger g.

wouldn’t that be great ? the Puget sound area in Portland would give the rest of this state a chance for our voice to be heard.

David W Castor

Oregon is getting worse than just being Kalifornia North. Years ago there was a saying, “Visit beautiful Oregon, just don’t stay”. Well, too many Kalifornians stayed. Remember in November, “If it’s Brown, Flush it Down!”


There are already plans in place to disrupt this lunacy from making the ballot, just in case the legal matters are cleared prior to July 6th, which is unlikely. Many of my team are going to the signature gatherers training sessions later this week throughout the state to do some recon. These people have no clue. Thank you NRA-ILA for your support. They have also filed similar litigation in NJ.


OFF?? Knock knock, anyone there??

Ray moore

This is not a drill, Left Coast gun grab in the making. On your toes.

Big Lou

When you see people gathering signatures outside of your local Walmart this is what they’re doing it for. Call them out on it. They will claim we’re doing it to save schools or something like that.

VT Patriot

“It’s all for the children”. Heard that one before.

Wild Bill

@Big Lou, Get yourself a little ice cream cone, just before wondering over there, in the hot sun, to sign their petition … in ice cream!

Vom Brunhaus

Why dont they challenge New Jersey (continuous Legislative ATTACKS ) ???? DEMORAT CONTROLLED State


And this is why I have moved to Arizona.


Arizona, is, unfortunately, moving down the path that Nevada has trod in recent years. The slow (or sometimes more rapid) influx of slave state into AZ. Tucson is completely blue-tart at this point, Flag went earthy crunchy some time ago, and the great PHX valley is moving to purple quickly. The last election voting numbers show how close it is getting. Why? Because these slave-state refugees bring their failed politics with them. Thinking ‘surely it will work here”, self-rationalizing that the high crime, high taxes, and high cost of living they are fleeing is somehow not CAUSED by the exact… Read more »

Timothy Votaw

Excellent comment. Let us not forget the impact of the corrupt illegal immigrant clandestine vote, one that can adversely affect any ballot outcome now. THEY deny it, but voting registrars prove it by true numbers. This impact will be felt in almost every issue now, including citizens rights under our Constitution. Illegals given a vote will invariably vote as they are told, not knowing any better. This is going to evolve into a war, I fear.


Don’t worry, they’ll get to you in turn.


Good plan, once they’re done with the West Coast, they’ll turn their attention eastward and oh looky there’s AZ!!


Wish we could go back to the Post War days when libsh!t wasn’t infecting EVERYTHING! Yes, I’ll give up my TV, internet, phone and other “advancements”.


#ME, TOO!!! Contrary to what the progressive rhetoric says, we were far better off back in the 1950s and early 60s when children were allowed to play, you could hitch a ride and be reasonably safe from freaks, kids were allowed to learn how to work and the value of a dollar. Most families had one parent at home to raise the kids, supervise them , and discipline them. They learned that there was a price to pay for anti-social behavior. There was God in their lives to establish the rules of living in society. You could ride a bike… Read more »


I wholeheartedly agree. True history was being taught in schools, right and wrong we’re not hard to distinguish and there were only two genders. The last one is real stupidity allowed to grow produce seeds.


My thanks to all who have filed suit against the liberal Nazis of the Oregon government. They want to turn this into a criminal utopia like what happened in California.

El Ar

Welcome to Oregoonistan.