Last evening at 5pm was the deadline for submitting comments on the ballot title for IP 43, the firearms confiscation measure. This measure would ban not only almost all modern firearms but could potentially even ban some lever action rifles.
Anyone who commented has standing to challenge the ballot title created by the Attorney General in the Oregon Supreme Court.
The Secretary of State is reporting they received over 1000 comments. Typically they receive a dozen or fewer.
The comments can be seen here. Many of you have shared the comments you sent with us. We have seen some very impressive and thorough work and you should all be proud.
Next up as you know, is the same process for IP 44.
This outrageous attack on your rights and common sense would require that your guns be inaccessible and even holds you responsible for crimes and accidents that involve a firearm you owned, for 5 years after you sold it.
Based on the Heller decision it is almost certainly unconstitutional. In Heller, the late Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in the court’s opinion :
“The requirement that any lawful firearm in the home be disassembled or bound by a trigger lock makes it impossible for citizens to use arms for the core lawful purpose of self defense and is hence unconstitutional.”
That, however, does not mean this dangerous act of theft will stay off the ballot. Once again, anyone who comments on the ballot title will have standing to challenge it in court.
The ballot title for IP 44 can be seen here. Deadline for comments is May 15. You may comment on any or all of the components of the title including the caption, the summary and outcomes of a “yes” or “no” vote. You may also propose alternative language for any of these components.
If you are sending your comments via email, we have been informed that a signature is NOT required. Nor is a street address, but it is suggested. First and last name are required. Comments can be sent to:
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax to 503.373.7414
Mail to 255 Capitol St NE Ste 501, Salem OR 97310
There is plenty to find fault with in the ballot title as it does not even come close to clearly explaining the broad reach and damage this measure does.
OFF will be doing everything possible to stand in the way of the hateful people who are using the initiative process to steal your rights, your property and, if they have their way, your freedom.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to make your voices heard with comments on IP 43. We have no doubts you will do another outstanding job commenting on IP 44.
If you would like to support our efforts to defeat these mindless attacks on our liberty, safety and heritage you can do so here.