As the Democrat Party moves further to the Left — that is, as it is steadily taken over by the Marxist Left — the attack on traditional American values, federalism, and the very foundation of our constitutional republic is being increasingly assaulted.
The latest evidence that today’s Democratic Party isn’t the party of your grandfather comes from Oregon, where Leftist extremists who dominate the state’s levers of power are moving to essentially render the Second Amendment null and void — unless, of course, you happen to own a musket.
As reported by Ammoland, Left-wing gun control zealots have filed a ballot measure with the secretary of state’s office that, if passed, would ban modern firearms and ammunition feeding devices — that is, normal gun magazines — while simultaneously making thousands upon thousands of residents criminals overnight.
Gun controllers have re-introduced IP 43, which was prevented from being placed on the ballot in 2018 by gun rights groups. “This new assault on self-defense, property, and common sense is currently IP 16,” Ammoland noted, the details of which are available here.
Called “The Common Sense Gun Regulation Act,” it notes:
The people of the State of Oregon find and declare that a reduction in the availability of assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines will promote the public health and safety of Oregon residents.
The measure defines “assault weapon” as any “semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine” and comes with at least one of the following characteristics: A pistol grip which includes a thumbhole stock; an additional “protruding” grip held by the non-trigger hand; a folding or telescopic stock; a barrel shroud “allowing the bearer to hold the firearm with the non-trigger hand without being burned” but excluding a slide (like you’d find on a pump shotgun); a forward pistol grip; a flash suppressor, muzzle brake, or threaded barrel where one could be attached; a bayonet mount; or a grenade or flare launcher. (Related: Wave of “red flag laws” are coming that will deprive all Americans of their firearms because owning one is deemed “crazy” by left-wing bureaucrats.)
Also, semiautomatic pistols and rifles that can accept a “fixed magazine” with 10 or more rounds, a semiautomatic rifle of fewer than 30 inches in length, and semi-auto handguns with features similar to “assault rifles” are also going to be banned under the measure.
“As you may know, the Democrats in the Oregon legislature have numerous bills to essentially achieve the same end. The most extreme is SB 501, but there are others that are just as dangerous,” Ammoland reports. “Governor Brown’s HB 2251 defines ‘assault weapons’ as any long gun you can hold with two hands. There are several bills that would require that your guns be locked up and useless. Except, of course, to a thief who could easily defeat the cable locks required. Those locks can get you killed but do nothing to stop a theft.”
In addition, the proposed “lock up” bills would hold the owner responsible if a thief were to gain access to the weapon and defeat the lock with a “device” — like, say, a heavy-duty wire cutter.
The Oregon Firearms Federation, among other gun rights groups, has vowed to fight the various measures. But as the state’s politics continue to shift overwhelmingly to the Left, gun rights advocates are fighting a losing battle. At some point, the Left will own Oregon completely like it does California and Washington.
There is hope, however, that these measures can be successfully challenged in federal court. POTUS Trump is continuing to nominate constitutionalists to the historically liberal 9th Circuit Court, which covers Alaska, Hawaii, and the West Coast states. Also, the U.S. Supreme Court appears willing to begin hearing Second Amendment cases again.
Read more about how gun rights remain under assault by the Left at Guns.news.
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