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Oregon Judge Puts Gun Control Law on Hold Amid Legal Battle

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Measure 114 Faces Opposition

An Oregon judge has halted the implementation of a gun control law known as Measure 114, which was passed by a slim majority in a 2022 referendum. The law requires a permit to purchase firearms and bans magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Critics argue that the law is the most extreme gun control initiative in the nation.

Continued Protection of the Right to Bear Arms

Attorney Tony Aiello Jr., representing two gun owners, expressed gratitude for the protection of the right to bear arms guaranteed by Article I, section 27 of the Oregon Constitution. He argued that the idea that Oregon's pioneers intended to restrict firearm technology accessible to its citizens is absurd.

State to Appeal Ruling

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has vowed to appeal the judge's ruling, calling it wrong and claiming that it puts Oregonians' lives at risk. The law has faced legal challenges since its passage and has never been enforced.

Court Rules in Favor of Self-Defense

Circuit Court Judge Robert Raschio stated that the gun control law unduly burdens a citizen's right to self-defense. He emphasized that when Oregon's constitution was established, settlers sought to provide as much technological protection through weapons as possible. Raschio also rejected the argument that limiting magazine capacity promotes public safety.

Legal Battle Expected to Continue

Constitutional law professor Norman Williams predicts that this ruling is just the beginning of a series of legal battles. He explains that state constitutions can provide greater protection for individual rights than the federal constitution.

This article originally appeared on The Western Journal.

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