The Oregon Supreme Court proved Wednesday that when it comes to firearms, definitions actually DO matter!
The court ruled in favor of a lawsuit that challenged Initiative Petition 43 on the grounds that it was overbroad in applying the term “assault weapon” to common firearms.
Among the things IP 43 would have defined as “assault weapons” and banned:
- A semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and has an attachment like a pistol grip or threaded barrel
- A semiautomatic pistol that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and has additional features such as a threaded barrel.
- A semiautomatic, centerfire rifle that has an overall length of less than thirty inches
- A semiautomatic shotgun that either has as a fixed magazine in excess of 10 rounds or the ability to accept a detachable magazine
The initiative would have also prohibited magazines in excess of 10 rounds.
The Oregon gun grabbers seriously wanted people to treat any of these firearms as “assault weapons” on the grounds that their attachments, including anything added to the end of a barrel, make them extra lethal.
At the height of this initiative’s stupidity, even some lever-action rifles would have been defined as “assault weapons” and banned.
As you can see, this outrageous initiative would have banned some of the most commonly-available firearms in America.
In any case, the court agreed that the initiative’s language was extremely misleading. Due to the fact the court will not certify the initiative’s language, the tyrant authors have essentially run out of time to make the ballot… potentially sparing Oregon gun owners from a gun ban of epic proportions.
This is a huge victory for the Second Amendment in Oregon. There will surely be other attempts to propose a similar initiative, but for now law-abiding gun owners everywhere can rejoice!