Beaver State Battle Lines Forming over Gun Control

Oregon anti-gunners are mounting a new effort to restrict so-called “semiautomatic assault weapons.” (Dave Workman photo)

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- Oregon’s Legislature may not convene until early next month, but already battle lines are forming over a trio of measures a faith-based gun control lobbying group is proposing that includes raising the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21 years.

A group calling itself Lift Every Voice Oregon (LEVO) consists of leaders from different faiths, according to a report at KTVZ. As explained on the LEVO website, the group claims to be “advocating for safer schools, houses of worship and communities.”

Back on Dec. 9, LEVO filed IP #60 with hopes of getting it on the November 2020 ballot. If adopted the measure would regulate “semiautomatic assault firearms” by requiring completion of a safety course, pass a background check and endure a five-day waiting period.

A second measure would prohibit the manufacture, sale or purchase of ammunition magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds.

The agenda is something of a copy of what has happened in neighboring Washington with a gun control initiative adopted in 2018 that regulates such guns, and also proposed legislation that will be under consideration by the legislature.

The November election could be critical for Beaver State rights activists, because there will be at least 16 open races for spots in the Oregon Legislature, due to retirements primarily, according to the Portland Oregonian/Orgonlive.com. Vacancies are split between the state House and Senate. That may cause anti-gun Democrats to behave themselves for fear they may see their power eroded, and then again maybe not.

The story said former House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson and Senate Finance and Revenue Chair Mark Hass will vie for the office of Oregon Secretary of State.

Also, Sen. Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario) is stepping down to run for Congress, the story noted.

All of these things combined have compelled the Oregon Firearms Federation (OFF) to post this message on its website: “Nationally, Republicans in Congress refused to use their majority to make any meaningful reforms. And now Oregon is controlled by an even larger number of rights hating leftists. This is the time to fight even harder. Please sign up for our legislative alerts to stay informed about gun rights in Oregon.”

Oregon’s gun control fight frequently gets overshadowed by what goes on north of the Columbia River in neighboring Washington State, but this year things could be different. The legislative session kicks off Feb. 3 in Salem.

That’s three weeks after the Democrat-controlled legislature in Washington convenes on Jan. 13, so fireworks in the Pacific Northwest over gun rights will already be going off in Olympia, where incoming House Speaker Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma) has been no friend of gun owners.

By no small coincidence, President Donald Trump will deliver the annual State of the Union address Feb. 4, and if he follows tradition, he will have a few words to say about protecting the Second Amendment.

Under Oregon’s State Constitution, “The people shall have the right to bear arms for the defence (sic) of themselves, and the State, but the Military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power[.]”

Almost one year ago, AmmoLand reported on an earlier initiative attempt to restrict gun ownership, and the fact that it failed didn’t stop anti-gun advocates. LEVO’s Rabbi Michael Cahana told KTVZ News, “In our faith traditions, we are told that we can't stand idly by while our neighbor bleeds. [It] means that we have to take responsibility when there is a crisis, as there is in gun violence in our country.”

But wait a moment. According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2018, the most recent year for which data is available, Oregon suffered 81 homicides of which 48 involved firearms. Thirty of those were committed with handguns, only three with rifles of any kind and one with a shotgun, while in 14 cases, the gun was not identified.

Similar to neighboring Washington, which had a higher number of slayings in 2018, rifles of any kind account for a fraction of Oregon’s homicides, and that pattern seems consistent over the years.

Yet, the gun control crowd based in Portland wants to ratchet down on semi-auto rifles. Why?

Cahana’s explanation to KTVZ was pure boilerplate: “We're simply saying there are some weapons that are really weapons of war, that don't belong on our streets and in our homes.”

The “weapons of war” meme has been playing to liberal Democrat audiences for the past several months, through the preliminary Democrat presidential debates. The phrase has become part of the gun control lexicon.

Grassroots activists will gather Jan. 17 in Keizer at 7 p.m. for a session involving several organizations including OFF. Tickets are on sale for that event and details may be found here.

Coincidentally, earlier in the day in Olympia, Washington gun rights activists will gather at the State Capitol for their annual lobbying day effort.


About Dave WorkmanDave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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donfranko
donfranko
9 months ago

There are only two rational reasonable ways for all this “gun control” ” to end, one is that the SCOTUS takes a case and rules in favor of our constitutional rights, knocking down the anti-gun crowd across the country. The other is too horrible to even discuss.

Prepare accordingly.

God bless our troops, vets, and law officers.

Old Ch.E.
Old Ch.E.
9 months ago

OFF really pilloried this guy Cahana a while back. He looks like Chevy Chase wearing glasses and is twice as crazy.

Frdmftr
Frdmftr
9 months ago

I have a suggestion for the Oregon gun grabbers: If you don’t like “weapons of war,” stop trying to start a war.

MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J
9 months ago

All three left coast states are in lockstep when it comes to attacking the United States Constitution. Laws are only enforced when it suits their agendas and ignored when it comes to complying with them. Lying politicians and bureaucrats who break their oath of office must be removed and banned from all public office. For some reason the people or the system can’t or won’t hold these law breakers accountable.
As for these ignorant groups, faith based or not, they don’t appear to have an original idea but a recycled one. New package, familiar heretics and same sponsor?

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
9 months ago

I seem to recall a situation where a State passed a Law stricter then the Federal Law and the Government said NO, you can’t do that, it’s our area of enforcement. Remember Arizona S.B. 1070? Why doesn’t the DoJ step in on these laws?

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
9 months ago
Reply to  Ryben Flynn

@RF, The entire issue is based upon a theory called preemption. The term “preemption” refers to situations in which a law passed by a higher authority takes precedence over a law passed by a lower one.  Usually, “preemption” is used interchangeably with “federal preemption,” meaning that a law passed by the U.S. Congress must be applied if it conflicts or overrules a law passed by a state legislature on the same subject.   Federal preemption is based in the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause (Article  VI, clause 2), which states that “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
9 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

@USA, Can’t have enough wing shooting practice, and a guy does not have to clean them. Do they fly like quail or duck?

TheRevelator
TheRevelator
9 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

@Wild Bill Quite possibly your best stated and researched response here that I have ever seen. The beauty of it is that regardless of what section 927 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code says, the second amendment is still a law which existed prior to, and as a direct part of the US Constitution preempts the US Code as binding law under Article 6 Section 2. What this means is that no matter what congress wanted to do to grant the states an ability to do outside the bill of rights, they had neither the power, nor authority to… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
9 months ago
Reply to  TheRevelator

@Rev, Thank you. It was difficult to keep it short. Congress, the S. Ct., presidents, legislatures, governors, counties, city councils, and mayors are all ignoring the preemptive character of the Second Amendment. The founders intended that the field was filled and closed to future government regulation, at any level.

TheRevelator
TheRevelator
9 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

@Wild Bill
No Problem. I knew what you were getting at. You did an excellent job.

“Sometimes, the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.” ~ George Orwell

We have a duty to educate our fellow countrymen on the constitution. It can be very hard to keep it short when there is so much material to cover.

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
9 months ago

These DemoNAZIS are attacking the RIGHT of Americans to Defend OURSELVES any way they can. Early on in the attacking of the ownership of handguns did not work. Thus they switched and have been Attacking the Modern Sporting Rife called an Armalite Rifle which IS NOT a military arm.
These NAZIS need to be REMOVED from all Public Offices because they have KNOWINGLY AND WILLFULLY TURNED against America and Americans by REFUSING to FULFILL their OATH OF OFFICE.

Eighty
Eighty
9 months ago
Reply to  Laddyboy

Three S’s. Shoot, Shovel, Shutup.

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
9 months ago
Reply to  Laddyboy

Drones around here in rural Az. are subject to 7 1/2 shot.

Arm up, carry on

Doszap
Doszap
9 months ago

Jesus asked two of HIS Apostles two of them if they had any WEAPONS, they said yes LORD we have two swords,HE said that is enough.
HE wanted them to be able to protect themselves as they s[read the Gospel.

JPM
JPM
9 months ago

The left coast is typical of big city/urban center dominated liberal politics controlling the entire state/region. Eastern Oregon and Washington, and yes, even Eastern California is populated by mostly good conservative folks who live in small towns and rural areas whose voices are overshadowed by big city liberals. The political system we have at the state levels and even to an extent at the national level isn’t working consistently for the voters. Thank goodness for the electoral college, but the states don’t have anything similar and as a result, the individual voters at the state levels do not receive credit… Read more »

Arny
Arny
9 months ago
Reply to  JPM

And when the republicans work to get control of areas. The dems just draw new lines for their voter base.Gerrymandering.

Doszap
Doszap
9 months ago

VA has done an end around on a meeting and a vote that was supposed to be at 7:00p.m., changed it to 2:00p.m. today when most people are working.
Antifa has bused i around a 100 folks and MS 13 is there, and WHY? also Black Lives Matter.
All Soros and Bloomberg Funded.
Sadly it appears we are headed for either slavery or another REVOLUTION.
I refer the latter.

Dave in Fairfax
Editor
Dave in Fairfax
9 months ago
Reply to  Doszap

Doszap, What meeting are you referring to and what’s the source for the info. We ALL want to know.

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
9 months ago
Reply to  Doszap

Can you confirm this?

Arm up, carry on.

tetejaun
tetejaun
9 months ago

All across the nation, the communist democrats are hell-bent-for-leather to have the American people disarmed. Many democrats are proving to their peers whom is the MOST anti-American of the batch to insure their position in the ruling group or Politburo. These people ruling Oregon and Washington are the communist hippies of the 1960s and their spawn. The communist hippies moved to Oregon and Washington in the late 1960s and went right into controlling politics. Absolute power and everything for free is the lie they live by. Of course, the slaves will have to be disarmed then the rights activists murdered.… Read more »

tetejaun
tetejaun
9 months ago

Well, we see the lefties now speaking of eating people and children.
When your faith is in communism, you will accept any horror as long as you are OK.
North Korea has been eating people for some time, now.

Arny
Arny
9 months ago
Reply to  tetejaun

So where are all the missing children ? I don’t really buy into these conspiracy theories but I sure would like to know where the children are. And this world is exposing the sick minded more & more everyday. What would you do if you had a sick mind with power & wealth ? Not much surprises me these days. What were the Nazis into ? Would it surprise you ?

tetejaun
tetejaun
9 months ago

By “faith based” they do not mean faith in a ‘god’, they mean faith in an all powerful central government.
I have seen this fake group before. They were big when the Kenyan usurper was ‘president’.

Doszap
Doszap
9 months ago
Reply to  tetejaun

They are not EVANGELICAL Bible believers I can tell you that.

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
9 months ago

Luke 22:36 gives mankind the mandate and the authority to keep and bear arms. The LORD HIMSELF said that and there is no higher authority anywhere — period. The 2A is THE law of the land and it reflects Luke 22:36. Maybe those “faith based” groups should actually READ their Scripture and the constitution BEFORE attempting to remove a citizen’s GOD given, unalienable, constitutionally protected RIGHT. What the left, the anti gun crowd, is referring to as an assault weapon is merely a look-a-like of an assault rifle. An actual assault rifle is a fully automatic not a semi automatic… Read more »

tetejaun
tetejaun
9 months ago

“assault weapon” is a term created by Josh Sugarman of the Brady Coalition to ban guns. Jane’s Small Arms of the World had never used such a vapid and misleading descriptor.
Lift Every Voice Oregon is the old ‘Lift Every Voice’ anti-gun, pro-gay rights organization from back during the obama administration. They lie about being ‘faith-based’. The only ‘faith’ they have is in an all-controlling government.

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
9 months ago
Reply to  tetejaun

Actually, Hitler/Germany had the first one and Hitler named it as such. But yes, the nut job in the brady coalition to ban guns did coin it. Still, it is a lie. The AR-15 and the AK-47 only resemble assault weapons. If l.e.v. is what you say then they can take their place among the socialist,communist, demoncrapic, left leaning rino traitors they are.

Dad, how far are we from Concord? Not far now son. Shooter ready? Stand by….

Arm up, carry on.

Doszap
Doszap
9 months ago
Reply to  tetejaun

There is a definition of an Assault weapon, but NO commonly owned arm in America is one. If you want one it has to be Fully AUTOMATIC, use an INTERMEDIATE powered Center Fire rifle round(meaning not a full power battle rifle) like 7.62×51,etc. I do not know but one person that owns a TRUE ASSAULT rifle it only cost him $200.00 for a Tax Stamp, and a 6 month wait, an FBI Background check and interviews wit his friends and neighbors ,signed off and ok’d by the Chief LEO of the County in which he lives,and approx $25,000 bucks.This was… Read more »

jack mac
jack mac
9 months ago
Reply to  Doszap

Doszap: There is no such thing as an assault anything. Hence, no definition, just a designation as a figment of the imagination. This regardless of who calls something that, including the Brady Coalition or Hitler.

Tionico
Tionico
9 months ago
Reply to  Doszap

The State of Washington have defined the term “assault weapon” such that my Ruger 10/.22 is one. Strange.. I went to bed election night and did not own one “assault weapon”. When I woke up Wednesday morning I owned somewhere near a dozen, never cost me a dime, nor did I have to go anywhere to get them. Oregon, Virginia, and a few other states have, or some are attempting to get, such a definition. It is a pigment of some sick control freaks’ twisted imagination, and really has no meaning. It is a term to put some innocents on… Read more »

Doszap
Doszap
9 months ago

Faith based (I am sure these are not BIBLE believing leaders) they are most likely hirelings or cultist in nature.

Tionico
Tionico
9 months ago
Reply to  Doszap

well, that one “rabbi” ain’t no man of true faith. If memory serves, he’s been in the van of moves like accepting sodomy and sodomite “Marriage”, he’s been on the lines standing against ICE and promoting illegal foreign invasions. I’dlike to sit him down with some of the folks involved with Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. THEY’ve got it right. THEY know their forbears got disarmed, then rounded up and stuffed into cattle cars for a few days, put into prison camps, then gassed or roasted alive.They also understand that if those MEN had not been so blindly… Read more »