Proposed Oregon Mandatory Gun Lock Measure Gets Ballot Title


A new Oregon gun manage measure requiring owners to lock up their guns when not in use now has a ballot title and should gather much more than 112,000 signatures to qualify for the 2020 ballot. (Dave Workman photo)

U.S.A. –-( Oregon gun manage advocates have taken an additional step toward forcing Beaver State firearms owners to lock up their guns when not in use by getting a ballot title for their petition from the Oregon Secretary of State.

The measure is titled “Oregonians for Secure Gun Storage and Reporting Lost/Stolen Firearm.”

Ballot Measure 40 should get 112,020 signatures for validation to seem on the November 2020 ballot, and the Oregon Firearms Federation is currently swinging into action, alerting its members.

In a bulletin emailed to gun owners, OFF asserts, “Ballot Measure 40 creates a quagmire of incomprehensible mandates and risky restrictions developed to make a legal minefield for gun owners.”

There are 3 “chief petitioners” identified by the Secretary of State’s Election Division. They are Henry W. Wessinger and Lisa A. Reynolds, each of Portland and Paul Kemp, a Delighted Valley resident. The potential petition was filed in mid-July with 1,928 sponsorship signatures, much more than adequate to pass the 1st hurdle.

Beneath provisions of this new gun manage measure, “A individual who owns or possesses a firearm shall, at all occasions that the firearm is not carried by or beneath the manage of the individual or an authorized individual, safe the firearm:

(A) With an engaged trigger lock or cable lock that meets or exceeds the minimum specifications established by the Oregon Overall health Authority…

(B) In a locked container, equipped with a tamper-resistant lock, that meets or exceeds the identical “minimum specifications.”

The instant query Oregon gun owners could possibly ask is, when did the Oregon Overall health Authority come to be an professional supply on firearms security?

Other provisions of the measure could possibly also raise some issues. In the occasion of a firearm transfer, it should have an engaged trigger lock or cable lock meeting the identical Overall health Authority specifications.

Comparable to other gun manage ballot measures relating to protected storage and reporting, “A individual who owns, possesses or controls a firearm shall report the loss or theft of the firearm to a law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction in which the loss or theft occurred not later than 24 hours of the time the individual knew or reasonably ought to have recognized of the loss or theft.”
Violation of this section is a Class B violation.

In current years, the whole Pacific Northwest has come to be a hotbed of gun manage activity. In neighboring Washington, the billionaire-backed Seattle-primarily based Alliance for Gun Duty has pushed via a trio of anti-gun-rights measures against resistance from gun rights organizations that have been basically out-spent. There are issues amongst Evergreen State rights activists that this group will subsequent target Washington’s model preemption law that dates back much more than 35 years. That statute prevents neighborhood cities, towns and counties from adopting their personal gun manage ordinances which could conflict with 1 an additional. It was this patchwork of contradictory laws that prompted the State Legislature in 1983 and once again in 1985 to assume sole authority for firearms regulation inside the state.

Seattle and other municipalities have attempted to erase that law considering that its inception.

That topic came up throughout a current public meeting with Kirkland City Council hopefuls when candidate Neal Black, an lawyer and former board member of Washington Ceasefire mentioned the preemption law ought to be “lifted” and candidate David Schwartz, a former Microsoft employee, advocated for repeal of the Second Amendment. Their remarks can be heard about 47 minutes into this video posted on Facebook by the Kirkland Reporter.

South of the Columbia River, the State Legislature is now firmly in manage of liberal Democrats. They adopted some gun manage laws but have been thwarted earlier this year from passing much more onerous restrictions when Senate Republicans walked out and stayed out till Democrats folded on two essential challenges, 1 of which was gun manage.

According to the OFF bulletin, “We have till Oct. 24 to file comments on the accuracy of the Ballot Title. That suggests the Caption, the Outcome of a Yes and No vote and the Summary, and recommend options. This does NOT imply comments on the ballot measure language itself. Just the accuracy of the Ballot Title.”

The bulletin also challenged gun owners: “If you are inclined to deal with the minutia of this poorly written attack on your security, we encourage you to study the measure itself and assist us point out its apparent flaws.”

About Dave WorkmanDave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at and Liberty Park Press, author of many books on the Ideal to Retain &amp Bear Arms and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.


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