Oregon is now jumping in with both feet on the gun control frenzy. Now allegedly, Democrats had tabled this bill when some legal gun owners entered the Capitol to have words with their representatives. But apparently it was introduced yesterday (Nice to have the press covering your actions up, isn’t it?) so that it could be run through without public input. Here’s an automailer to contact your “representatives”. Democrats are pushing HB3200, which its own summary states:
Creates crime of unlawful possession or transfer of assault weapon or large capacity magazine.
Punishes by maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment, $250,000 fine, or both.
Requires current owners to dispose of or register assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
Directs Department of State Police to conduct background checks and maintain registry of assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
Declares emergency, effective on passage.
The immediate concern for a person paying some freakin’ attention is obvious: why declare an emergency? Because with an emergency, the Progressives feel they can do anything they want. It gives the police extraordinary powers. It is designed to intimidate you. It allows use of extreme force against the People. (Remember Katrina?) Note also there is no period of review on the bill — it goes into effect immediately, and under a state f emergency, I’d bet they’ll ignore the 120 day requirement.
Also remember that the Obama administration had people buried in the committee writing this; it’s a test bed to see if they can get away with it at a national level.
The second thing you should note — remember how background checks wouldn’t lead to a registry? What’s in the second to last point? Also, note the violation of the 5th Amendment — you are require to dispose of the weapon; there is no attempt to compensate you for your property. Sure, you could try to move it out of the state, or sell it, but you only have 120 days to do that. They do allow for you to register a weapon that meets the requirement (essentially anything semiautomatic, but even lever actions are included in this), but you are required to allow the police to come do inspections whenever they want.
Also, note that government elected officials, as well as police, are exempt from the law. But remember, we’re all subject to paranoid delusion if we suspect the Progressives are doing…well, what they’re doing:
It’s time that gun owners stop sitting on the sidelines waiting to be disarmed. You have them for a reason. Arm up, show up, and be heard. Progressives are bullies; when faced with real resistance, they fold like lawn chairs. but once they think you aren’t watching, they’ll try to stab you in the back.
Resist. Keep it peaceful and lawful…but do not allow them to take what you can only surrender: your rights.
UPDATE: Here are the people behind the bill — Representatives BAILEY, BUCKLEY, BURDICK, DEMBROW, FREDERICK, READ, REARDON, TOMEI, Senators , DINGFELDER, HASS, MONNES- ANDERSON, MONROE, SHIELDS, STEINER- HAYWARD. The primary sponsor is Mitch Greenlick — the same meddlesome punk that wants to ban cigarettes.