The other day we reported that the Oregon Firearms Federation had filed suit against Measure 114.
OFF was unhappy because they didn’t see any of the nation organizations helping them.
Well maybe somebody in the GOA or FPC reads this blog or got forwarded the email from OFF but for whatever reason yesterday the GOA signed on to the OFF suit.
In addition the FPC filed a complaint (suit) for declaratory judgement and injunctive relief.
1. The State of Oregon has criminalized one of the most common and important means by which its citizens can exercise their fundamental right of self-defense. By banning the manufacture, importation, possession, use, purchase, sale, or transfer of ammunition magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds (“standard capacity magazines”), the State has barred law-abiding residents from legally acquiring or possessing common ammunition magazines and deprived them of an effective means of self-defense.
2. Absent relief from this Court, Defendants will violate the constitutionally protected rights of Oregon’s law-abiding citizens and reinforce the erroneous notion that the right to keep and bear arms is nothing more than “a second-class right, subject to an entirely different body of rules than the other Bill of Rights guarantees.” McDonald v. City of Chicago, 561 U.S. 742, 780 (2010).
3. Worse yet, Defendants will commit these constitutional violations without any realistic prospect of diminishing the misuse of firearms or the incidence of horrific mass-shootings. The State’s ban on standard capacity magazines will do nothing to address or ameliorate these public policy concerns. All it will do is leave law-abiding citizens more vulnerable to attack from better-armed and more ruthless assailants.
The battle goes on. It is good to see the GOA and FPC step up. I was thinking they would not as they were already doing battle in the ninth circuit court with cases from California. It will be interesting to see what the Federal Judge in Portland decides.
Regardless, I was wrong and I’m glad I was.
COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY JUDGMENT AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF