Oregon “Assault Weapons” Ban Initiative Defeated

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Oregon “Assault Weapons” Ban Initiative Defeated

Salem, Oregon-(Ammoland.com)- In a surprising turn of events, Ceasefire Oregon and other supporters of the anti-gun Initiative Petition 43 has called it quits.

Initiative Petition 43 would put a so-called “assault weapons” ban on the Oregon ballot in November 2018. 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. The supporters of the initiative would have needed to collect 88,164 verified signatures by July 6th, 2018.

Gun rights advocate Roger Beyer raised a legal challenge against Initiative Petition 43. In the suit, he claimed it, “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.”

There is a law in Oregon that a ballot title cannot be misleading, argumentative, or deceptive. The courts were initially due to decide the case by June 30th. While the case was going on Ceasefire Oregon and other anti-gun front groups were busy training people to persuade other citizens to sign their names on the petitions.

The anti-gun groups were not allowed to start collecting the signatures until the courts decided the case, and they were preparing to do just that. These groups believed that they would be able to get the required number of signatures by getting church congregations to sign their names.

Pro-gun groups such as the Oregon Outdoor Council, Oregon Firearms Federation (OFF), the NRA spent countless dollars fighting the initiative in court. Their efforts paid off when the Oregon Supreme Court temporarily blocked IP 43. This temporary injunction would mean the earliest Ceasefire Oregon would be able to collect signatures would be July 6th, 2018 which is the day of the deadline.

Ceasefire Oregon, realizing that they would not be able to collect the number of signatures needed to make the ballot quietly pulled their petition rather than failing in gathering the signatures.

Ceasefire Oregon is refusing to admit the apparent court defeat.

“We are planning to move forward,” Penny Okamoto, director of Ceasefire Oregon told the Mail Tribune. “If not through IP43 then through another way.”

Okamoto pointed to the possibility of getting a measure on the ballot in 2019 or 2020. She also looked to the chance of getting some action passed through the Oregon Legislature. She also blamed the defeat on court delays hinting that pro-gun groups used these delays as a weapon to push back against their anti-gun initiatives.

With the failure of Initiative Petition 43, Anti-gun groups also pulled IP 44 citing the amount of time it would take to rewrite the initiative to comply with the Oregon law and avoid a court challenge. These anti-gun groups said that the time spent fixing the effort wouldn't allow them enough time to collect the required amount of signatures.

Initiative Petition 44 would have regulated how gun owners stored their firearms. Firearms owners would be liable for any misuse of their guns even in cases where criminals stole their guns.

Even though pro-gun groups defeated these two initiatives, Ceasefire Oregon has vowed to keep fighting to push their anti-gun agenda ahead.


John Crump
John Crump

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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.

  • 13 thoughts on “Oregon “Assault Weapons” Ban Initiative Defeated

    1. My fellow Oregonians, DO NOT REST ON YOUR LAURELS. There is a saying: “At the Dawn of Victory, the victors rested, and while resting, died”. That is not quite the situation with the attack by anti-gun elements, but it is not far off, either, IF we celebrate a bit too long while these misguided zealots gin up another pseudo-legal assault on us. We must remain vigilant, organized in our absolute resistance to the destruction of our Constitutional right to own arms.

      I am a third generation Oregonian, a Marine combat veteran, and retired federal official. I have seen these factions from the inside out, and know much about their motivation, their resources (funding), andtheir book of vile, deceitful dirty tricks. In a nutshell, if they drag these assaults into the gutter, the only way to defeat them is to beat them at their own tactics, including in the courts, and at the ballots.

      Don’t let them succeed, because if so, we will never get their victories reversed, regardless of the appeals, injunctions, etc. Their ignorance is their best weapon, because it defies truth, it ignores reality, and makes them dangerous to lawful citizens.

      Stay chilly, Oregonians. This ain’t over.

      1. ^That. Right there.

        They will not take this as a defeat, but merely regroup, reword, and resubmit. They will do this again and again until they find an activist judge, or it simply gets walked through.

    2. I am so sick and tired of the left telling everyone about choice, and then they demand, you can’t have one in deciding which type of firearm you want to own. It is odd, on how they tell you not everyone is guilty when looking at those in jail, but think every gun owner, every AR or AK, and the NRA, guilty when some ass shoots up a school.. They want to decide who can or can not own a firearm, even if someone has no record of ever breaking a law, they think they can predict who is good and who is bad. LOL Really? these people can’t see the ass their kids have turned into and want to tell you how, what, when and if…..

    3. Where is United State Supreme Court stop in that case from State of Oregon?
      State of Oregon has broken 2nd Amendment of United States.

      1. @Roger Meler, There has to be a case in controversy before some “disagreement” can wend its way through the courts up to the S. Ct. We need a couple more adjustments to the S. Ct first.

    4. The only reason the initiative failed was timing – they started too late in the ballot cycle. Had they begun sooner, they could have made the wording changes necessary in time to get the verified signatures needed, and get on the ballot. So, this gun grabber move wasn’t “defeated” – it was just postponed. It can, and will come around next year.

      1. Yep. That was my thought, too, when I read the article, Smitty – they “quietly pulled their petition” so that they can start it again next year (or the year after, or whenever), only with better timing.

        1. Danna, I’ve had another thought, this one frightening. This article is about the ballot initiative process and the timing needed to get an issue before the people – it’s a way to make a law. The other way to make a law is the usual way, the elected legislature passes a bill into law and this scares me.

          Oregon is a “Blue” state, but not by that much. Our problem is the shift of opinion of some of our “Red” leaders. These are the ones that will offset the hopeful republican gains that may be made in the upcoming elections.

          There is nothing stopping any legislator from taking this badly worded ballot initiative and calling it a bill, and then use the same tactics as last year’s Senate Bill 719A (https://www.nraila.org/articles/20170817/oregon-governor-signs-anti-gun-bill-into-law) -They waited, hiding it in committee, releasing hours before the end of session so no one gets to speak out, and, presto, we get a another gun grabbing law!

    5. It says “verified signatures” so they are going to have to find living people other than write names down out of a cemetery again. The money wasted on this can come out of the State University funds since that is who comes up with these brainstorm ideas.

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