Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Nation's 'Toughest' Gun Control Legislation Faces Legal Challenge

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A controversial Oregon law, considered by some as the most stringent gun control legislation in the country, is headed for trial. Legal expert Tony Aiello Jr., who is representing local gun owners contesting the measure, said, "The attention this case has received is unprecedented. We're essentially discussing a law that was narrowly passed and could effectively nullify a constitutional right."

Oregon voters narrowly approved Measure 114 in the last election, securing a 50.65% majority. Only six of the state's 36 counties supported the law, which mandates permits for all gun purchases and limits magazine capacity to 10 rounds. Immediate legal challenges have prevented the law from being implemented.

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Federal Judge Karin Immergut supported the law, suggesting it aligns with the U.S. tradition of regulating firearms to safeguard the public. Her ruling is currently being appealed. Aiello will present arguments for Harney County residents Joseph Arnold and Cliff Asmussen, asserting that the law doesn't withstand scrutiny under Oregon's Constitution.

Advocacy group Lift Every Voice Oregon initiated the measure, securing over 130,000 signatures to put it on the ballot. The group contends that a permit-to-purchase system would cut down on violent incidents, including suicides and homicides.

Gun sales in the state soared after the measure was passed, and business owners like Bryan Fitzgerald reported a significant uptick in firearm-related sales. Critics argue that the new permit requirements are overly stringent, going beyond even what is required for concealed carry permits in the state.

Authorities have not yet implemented training programs to meet the new requirements, although this point won't be considered in the trial, as per a judge's ruling. On the other hand, the judge allowed the gun owners to prohibit testimonies related to the effectiveness of similar laws in other states.

The trial is scheduled to conclude by the end of next week, and regardless of its outcome, Aiello expects the case to make its way to the Oregon Supreme Court.

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