One of the strictest gun laws in the country, Oregon’s voter-approved gun control package has been upheld as constitutional by a federal judge.
In accordance with “the nation’s history and tradition of regulating uniquely dangerous features of weapons and firearms to protect public safety,” U.S. District Judge Karin Immergut ruled that banning large-capacity magazines and requiring a permit to buy a gun are appropriate measures.
The judgment follows a landmark Second Amendment ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that has upended gun laws nationwide, divided justices, and caused uncertainty about what firearm limitations can still be in effect.
It instructed judges that gun laws must be consistent with the “historical tradition of firearm regulation,” changing the standard that lower courts had previously used to assess challenges to firearm limitations.
The tweet below confirms the news:
Measure 114, which mandates safety training and a background check for residents in order to acquire a permit to purchase a gun, was narrowly approved by Oregon voters in November.
Additionally, unless they are possessed by law enforcement, a member of the military, or were owned prior to the measure’s approval, gun magazines with more than 10 rounds are not permitted for sale, transfer, or import. After the policy goes into effect, those who now hold high-capacity magazines can only keep them at home or use them as permitted by state law, such as at a shooting range, in competitions, or while hunting.
According to Immergut, large-capacity magazines “are not typically used for self-defense, and are not therefore protected by the Second Amendment.” Governments are able to make sure that only law-abiding, responsible citizens are permitted to own and bear arms thanks to the Second Amendment.
The most recent judgment from the U.S. District Court is probably going to be appealed, with the possibility of going all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
As one of the first new gun restrictions to be passed since the Supreme Court’s decision in June, the outcome of the Oregon proposal has been closely monitored.
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