Sponsors and supporters of a ballot measure that would ban assault weapons sales in Oregon just delivered more than 3,400 signatures to Oregon Secretary of State’s office on Monday.
It’s a first step in what promises to be a fierce battle in the state to not only ban the sales of assault weapons but also the sale of large capacity magazines.
If the idea makes it to the ballot and is passed by voters, it would require legal gun owners to surrender or register certain semiautomatic weapons that meet requirements listed in the ballot text.
Owners would be required to do one of five things: Remove the weapon from the state, sell the weapon to someone out of state, surrender it to state police, render it “permanently inoperable," or register it with Oregon State Police.
Ballot measure 43 is sponsored by an interfaith group of Christians, Jews and Muslims. Students at the March For Our Lives protest on Saturday helped gather signatures for the petition.
The backers needed just 1,000 signatures but were able to get 3,434 signatures in just four days.
The Secretary of State’s office has to verify the signatures and then it sends the measure on to the Attorney General’s office for a comment period.
If the Measure 43 backers get the go-ahead, they will have until July to collect 88,000 signatures to qualify the assault weapons ban for the November ballot.
One of the backers is Rev. Alcena Boozer, former Principal of Jefferson High School who told FOX 12 this is just the beginning.
“And I believe that once it’s on the ballot, there are enough people who are really going to vote to get these guns out of our communities,” Boozer said.
The interfaith leaders said they’ve been inspired by students in Oregon and across the nation who are saying “enough” to gun violence in their schools.
"I am excited about students getting this involved because I’ve always believed if you give students the opportunity they will get the work done," Boozer said.
However, local gun safety instructor Dustin Singleton said while he thinks the momentum behind the march is admirable, “poking the bear of innocent gun owners, who have abided by all laws, have passed backgrounds on record, purchases are recorded, carrying about average days, raising our families. We're not the ones out there starting this fight or harming our students."
Measure 43 proposes only to ban the sale of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines in Oregon, not all guns.
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