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Oregon sees spike in gun sales following passage of restrictions

The bill narrowly secured passage, but only six of the state's 36 counties backed it.

Published: November 18, 2022 4:16pm

Updated: November 18, 2022 4:26pm

Oregon has witnessed a spike in gun sales following the passage of a new state law imposing further restrictions on gun ownership and purchases.

The Epoch Times reported that background checks in the state one week before the election amounted to a rate of 850 per day but have risen to 4,000 per day following election night.

Oregon voters narrowly approved Measure 114 in a statewide referendum. The state will now ban magazines that carry more than ten rounds, require a permit for all gun purchases, require purchasers to take a firearms training course, and mandate the creation of a public database of permit applicants.

The bill narrowly secured passage, but only six of the state's 36 counties backed it. Clackamas County voters were evenly divided. The remainder opposed passage and several sheriffs in those counties have already insisted they would not enforce the measure.

"There’s just no way possible for us to enforce that and nor would I simply because it’s an infringement on our Second Amendment, you know, our right to keep and bear arms," Union County Sheriff Cody Bowen said

The Times observed that lawyers and Second Amendment advocates were already drafting suits against the bill for when it takes effect.

"We're still adding plaintiffs to the suit, and we'll be ready," Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan Gottlieb said.

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