Oregon has submitted a proposal to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines in a ballot initiative petition meant to prevent mass shootings.
The proposal, called Initiative Petition 42, would require legal gun owners “to surrender or register their assault weapons or face felony charges.”
“The proposal defines an assault weapon as any semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine, and any feature like folding or telescoping stock, or that can accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition,” reported KGW News.
The initiative petition states that “a reduction in the availability of assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines will promote the public health and safety of the residents of this state.”
The proposal would require citizens in legal possession of an “assault weapon to sell, surrender or remove the weapon from the state, or render it inoperable, within 120 days of passage.”
Gun owners are rightly concerned because the language of this bill classifies a huge percentage of firearms as “assault weapons,” and any violation of the proposal would be considered a Class B felony.
“This is completely out of hand — I couldn’t believe it,” Rep. Bill Post (R-OR), told the Statesman Journal Tuesday night.
“I’ve been told so many times by people in favor of gun control: ‘no one is coming to take your guns.’ This explicitly comes for your guns.”