October 5, 2018

An update from the Lift Every Voice Oregon Legal Team:

Plans for the 2019 Legislative Session are moving full speed ahead. We have two proposed pieces of legislation that are being drafted:

1.     Banning Large Capacity Magazines.

No one needs more than 10 rounds in a firearm! Large capacity ammunition magazines (LCM) – 30, 50 and even 100 round magazines are the tools of choice in over 50% of the mass shootings in the past three decades.

  • Newtown, CT:  30 round magazines were used; 154 rounds were fired; 26 children and teachers were killed, 2 injured

  • Stockton, CA: 75 round magazines were used; 5 students were killed, 29 wounded

  • Aurora, CO: 100 round magazines were used; 12 people killed, 58 wounded

Because shooters using LCM can fire at large numbers of people without taking the time to reload, those in the line of fire do not have a chance to escape, law enforcement and even bystanders do not have the chance to intervene, and the number of lives shattered by senseless acts of gun violence increases dramatically.

Incidents where assault weapons or large capacity ammunition magazines were used resulted in 135% more people shot and 57% more killed, compared to other mass shootings.

As one of our most highly respected legislators said, in Oregon, "even hunters are restricted from using large capacity magazines: there is a five cartridge limit for large game hunting, and three for bird hunting…If we limit capacity for hunting animals, why do we not extend that principle to guns that may harm our neighbors?"

We should impose such restrictions and we intend to work hard to do so.

LEVO is asking the legislature to ban the sale of LCM’s and require those who have the magazines to exchange or modify them, so they can hold no more than 10 rounds.

Follow our website updates to learn about our progress!!!

 

2.     Banning Future Sale of Assault Weapons

Semi-Automatic Military-Style Firearms belong in the Military, Not in the Home!

Military-grade weapons have no place in civilian life and are unnecessary for self-defense. Popular among mass shooters, assault weapons pose a distinct threat to the safety and security of Oregonians.

  • Orlando, FL (Pulse Nightclub): AR-15’s used; 49 people killed; 53 injured

  • Columbine High School:  15 students and staff killed, 24 injured

  •  Las Vegas, NV: AR-15’s used; 48 killed, hundreds injured

  • Parkland, FL: AR-15 used; 17 students and staff killed, many others injured

 Incidents where assault weapons or large capacity ammunition magazines were used resulted in 135% more people shot and 57% more killed, compared to other mass shootings. We must reduce the number and use of these dangerous weapons. Such military-style semi-automatic weapons are not protected under the federal or the Oregon Constitutions. They may be regulated and even banned. Our proposed legislation will require current owners who want to keep these weapons to pass a background check and register each weapon. This is a modest and rational approach. By requiring registration of currently owned military-style firearms and prohibiting future sales in Oregon the misuse of these dangerous weapons will be reduced significantly

Check our website for regular updates on our efforts in the 2019 legislature!