Oregon hunters fear end of firearm sales until a gun permit system is put in place

Measure 114 draws criticism from hunters in Oregon for infringing on the 2nd Amendment.

Updated: November 18, 2022 - 8:42am

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Gun rights advocates fear that firearm sales will freeze in Oregon in three weeks unless the state creates a gun permit system. 

Measure 114, which voters appear to have passed last week by a 1.5% margin, puts a ban on ammunition magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds and mandates a permit-to-purchase system which includes hands-on firearm training.

"We're looking at the end of firearm sales in Oregon until this system is put into place," Amy Patrick, policy director for Oregon Hunters Association, told Fox News.

Measure 114 will take effect Dec. 8, the Oregon state police announced. 

As of now, six out of Oregon's 36 counties voted for Measure 114. At least five pro second amendment sheriffs said that they would not enforce the law if it takes effect.

"The biggest thing is this does absolutely nothing to address the problem," Sheriff Cody Bowen of Union County said. "The problem that we have is not magazine capacity. It's not background checks. It’s a problem with mental health awareness. It's a problem with behavior health illness." 

"Our society as a whole is a bigger problem rather than saying that, you know, the guns are killing people," Bowen continued. 

In response to supporters of this measure, stating that gun violence would go down as a result, Bowen told Fox that that would not be the case. 

"If you believe that this measure is going to cut the school shootings down, or cut the gun violence down, you're sadly mistaken," he said. "But what has proven [to work] time and time again is… supporting your law enforcement, responsible gun ownership, teaching our children at a younger age respect for human life. That's what we need to fall back on," Bowen said.