Is Oregon writing the Worst. Gun. Law. Evah?

posted at 8:31 am on February 23, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

Living in New York, we’re no strangers to really restrictive new gun laws, but you sort of expect that out here. We may have some competition in the race to the bottom, though, if some legislators in Oregon have their way. In fact, if HB 3200 gets passed into law, you may as well pack up and leave the state if you have any interest in Second Amendment rights. Here’s the top line 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.

That should be bad enough on its own, but if you really dig into the guts of this bill, it actually gets worse. After spending quite a bit of ink defining “assault weapons” as pretty much anything with cosmetic attachments which look scary to somebody, we get to the meat of the proposal.

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 enforcementagency for destruction;
(d) Render the assault weapon permanently inoperable;

Oh, wait… did I say that was the bad part. I think I actually meant to refer to this truly tasty treat near the very end. After specifying that even under grandfathering you can only have one “assault rifle” and three high capacity magazines, these high level edicts are handed down.

(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.
(4) The department may conduct inspections of registered owners of assault weapons andlarge capacity magazines to ensure compliance with the storage requirements of section 4of this 2013 Act.
SECTION 6. This 2013 Act being necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is declared to exist, and this 2013 Act takes effect on its passage.

For all the talk I hear from gun control proponents this year about how universal background checks won’t lead to some sort of gun registry, it certainly seems like there are a lot of lawmakers who are interested in doing precisely that wherever they can. (Referring to (3) above that is.) And when it comes to (4) what can we say? We are assured on a daily basis that the authorities aren’t coming to kick down the doors of gun owners, but out in Oregon they are clearly opening the door to unscheduled, uninvited visits to people on the list.

And this is so important… so critical.. so vital… that a state of emergency must be declared to exist so the law will go into effect immediately without any period of review or challenges. Now tell me again why we’re all paranoid crazies making up fantasies about the government?

Update (Ed): Patriot Perspective’s Short Timer adds his own thoughts on this topic, and reminds us what Oregon Democrats think of gun-rights supporters:

But remember, Oregon Democrats like Lee Coleman have assured us that this kind of thing is just paranoid delusion from some people in “Kansas or whatever” so “go screw yourself.”

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Our Demoncrats here north (and west) of the Columbia River in the declining State of Washington are not far behind:

As originally introduced, this bill had the following language: The sheriff of the county may, no more than once per year, conduct an inspection to ensure compliance with this subsection.

The same Demoncrat senator has tried this at least twice before (2005 and 2009). They have taken that part out, for now, saying they made a mistake. Yeah, right, and I’ve got a used Kingdome for sale, cheap!

Lammo on February 25, 2013 at 1:27 PM

An update from the Oregon Firearms Federation email alerts says Ceasefire Oregon wrote the bill:

OFF ALERT 02.24.13



Dear Gun Rights Supporter,

Mitch Greenlick, the sponsor of HB 3200, the gun ban bill, has sent out an email acknowledging that “HB 3200” was drafted by Ceasefire Oregon.

He also claims the he has had to stop answering his phone and has “deleted a thousand emails”. Clearly, you are getting the job done. Good work.

We have received numerous emails and calls from supporters who have been having trouble with our automailer. At the same time it has been working fine for others.

In an angry email to a constituent, Greenlick said ” But what should I do with several hundred of exactly the same email from outside my district. “ (sic)

So, for many, it’s clear your messages have gotten through.

oryguncon on February 25, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Look at the laws the Democrats are trying to pass, can you honestly say that we are 100 percent safe from having that happen to us? No, you can’t, just like you can’t provide the court transcripts that prove Dorner was lawfully prosecuted and his Due Process Constitutional right were observed and upheld before he was executed.

SWalker on February 23, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Look, you have explained clearly. I get you and agree. At this point Levin is acting his blood and will never see your point. The idea that we will ever know about Dorner or even if shoot to kill orders were issued or even if it was a “Sure we want to arrest him, wink, wink” situation will never be known. As you said, Judge, Jury and executioner. Was Dorner evil? Probably. Could the police surrounded the cabin till it starved him out? Sure. The fact is though that they heard a shot and then Burned the cabin down.

Bulletchaser on February 25, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Let us know when the candle-lit vigil for poor Dorner is.

Again you seem to think that after already killing 3 people, cops included, that the cops should’ve put more of their own at risk.

They called for him to surrender, put in tear gas, then the gas canisters.

If it was a military operation, you’re trying to capture someone who’s very dangerous, do you keep exposing more of your men to get killed or do you eventually kill the thug??

Wake up!

LevinFan on February 23, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Hey Levin! Your office called! Your candlelight vigil for Muma is scheduled for 8pm.

Bulletchaser on February 25, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Let’s kick off the pool….a buck an entry
first state to experience armed resistance to a gun grab bill
I think there’s a contest going on for that honor.
Numbers of pro vs con gun grabbers killed by month per state.
Number of Media personalities killed reporting on the 2nd Civil War.
I;m sure you can think up some more/better catagories.
This is going to happen folks…are you ready?
The Libs think Big Sis has them covered with their .40 Glocks.
I think the scout sniper forces take more than 100 times the Blue shirted burger flippers.
Hell, they come running to 911 calls…like they did to the conservatives in 2012.
We ain’t getting that close….500 meters…squeeze the GOO button…next.
They, the Marxists, must be made to understand that for them, the Constitution is a “dying document”.

dirtengineer on February 26, 2013 at 1:25 AM