The Oregon Gun Control Crowd Makes Their Move…..
After claiming a few days ago that they were dropping their gun control bills, the Oregon Legislature dropped a bomb on the unsuspecting people of Oregon.
However, knowing Senator Ginny Burdick as I do, I knew something was up. She’s not the kind of person to just let something like that go.
The other shoe dropped today with the introduction of Oregon HB 3200.
(When I wrote about Washington SB 5737, the bill was changed and the original text disappeared. In order to prevent that problem again the original text, as copied from the Oregon Legislature site, is here)
From the summary:
Creates crime of unlawful possession or transfer of assault weapon or large capacity magazine. Punishes by maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment, $250,000 fine, or both.
Requires current owners to dispose of or register assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
Directs Department of State Police to conduct background checks and maintain registry of assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
Declares emergency, effective on passage.
So, from just the summary, we see that the government is going to require lawful gun owners to dispose of or register their “assault” weapons. The State Police (now affectionately known as the Oregon Stormtrooper Brigade) are required to maintain a database of registered assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
The Supreme Court has already ruled that requiring registration of firearms violates the Fifth Amendment (Haynes v. United States).
Of course, this law doesn’t apply to government employees:
Subsection (1) of this section does not apply to: (a) Any government officer, agent or employee, member of the Armed Forces of the United States or peace officer as that term is defined in ORS 133.005 if that person is otherwise authorized to acquire or possess an assault weapon or large capacity magazine and does so while acting within the scope of that person’s duties;
So, just like Missouri and Minnesota, anyone who owns an assault weapon prior to this legislation has 120 days to remove it from the state sell it to a licensed firearms deal, turn it in, or register it so that they know who you are. If you inherit such a weapon, you are subject to the same requirements.
(3) Any person who, prior to the effective date of this law, was legally in possession of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine shall, within 120 days after the effective date of this 2013 Act, without being subject to prosecution: (a) Remove the assault weapon or large capacity magazine from the state; (b) Sell the assault weapon or large capacity magazine to a firearms dealer licensed under 18 U.S.C. 923 for lawful sale or transfer under subsection (2) of this section; (c) Surrender the assault weapon or large capacity magazine to a law enforcement agency for destruction; (d) Render the assault weapon permanently inoperable; or (e) If eligible, register the assault weapon or large capacity magazine as provided in section 4 of this 2013 Act.
Failure to comply is a class B felony, which makes you the same as a drug dealer.
However, in order to register the weapon, you have to own it prior to the effective enactment date. If you acquire it afterwards, registering it is not an option. This is how they plan to get rid of all the “assault” weapons.
If you have more than one “assault” weapon, only one can be registered, the others cannot be registered and must be removed, sold, destroyed or surrendered to law enforcement. You also have to register large capacity magazines, and can not have more than three.
(4) A person may not register more than one assault weapon and three large capacity magazines under this section. Additional assault weapons and large capacity magazines must be disposed of in the manner specified in section 3 of this 2013 Act.
Then to borrow from Washington, the sheriff can make home inspections:
(5) A registered owner of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine is required to: (a) Securely store the assault weapon or large capacity magazine pursuant to rules and regulations adopted by the department; (b) Allow an inspector from the department to inspect the storage of assault weapons and large capacity magazines to ensure compliance with this subsection;
And, of course, the registry:
(3) The department shall create and maintain a registry for owners of assault weapons and large capacity magazines who qualify for registration under section 4 of this 2013 Act. The department may adopt rules concerning the administration of the registry, including but not limited to renewal and revocation procedures and storage requirements for assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
It is not the government’s business what I own, and they do not have the authority to violate my rights as enumerated under the 2nd (right to keep and bear arms), 3rd (right to privacy), 4th (illegal search and seizure), and 5th (due process) amendments.
This is a case of Oregon Legislators seeing what other States are attempting, and mimicking them. That’s all the Oregon government does is mimic others. They can’t think for themselves.
Representatives: Mitch Greenlick, Jules Bailey, Peter Buckley, Michael Dembrow, Lew Frederick, Tobias Read, Jeff Reardon, Carolyn Tomei
Senators Ginny Burdick, Jackie Dingfelder, Mark Hass, Laurie Monnes-Anderson, Rod Monroe, Chip Shields, Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward
Democrats every single last stinking one of them.
What they do in the name of “safety” is just a power grab on their part. We no longer have representatives, we have lords and masters. Bow down to your new king and queen, Ginny Burdick and Mark Hass.