Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- 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.
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: www.nra.org