PORTLAND, Ore. — A gun rights group, a sheriff and a gun shop owner filed an emergency motion in federal court late Wednesday to stop enforcement of one of the country’s strictest gun control laws.
The gun control measure, which was narrowly approved by Oregon voters, goes into effect December 8. U.S. District Judge Karin Immergut has scheduled a hearing on the motion for December 2 on Thursday. The state has until next Wednesday to file a response to the emergency. request for interim relief.
The Oregon Firearms Foundation, Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey, and Coat of Arms Firearms owner Adam Johnson filed a federal lawsuit Nov.
The measure requires residents to obtain a permit to purchase a gun, bans magazines containing more than 10 rounds except in certain circumstances, and creates a statewide firearms database.
“Banning magazines for 10 rounds is not more likely to reduce criminal abuse of guns, while banning high-powered engines is more likely to reduce criminal abuse of automobiles,” the lawsuit said. “On the contrary, all the prohibition in 114 assures is that a criminal unlawfully carrying a firearm with a magazine over 10 rounds will have a potentially devastating advantage over his law-abiding victim.”
Measure 114 backers argued that banning large-capacity magazines will save lives because it would force shooters to pause to reload, providing an opening for others to stop firing. Proponents also say it would reduce suicides — which account for 82% of gun deaths in the state — mass shootings and other gun violence.
The preliminary injunction is designed to prevent the state from enforcing the new law while the lawsuit is considered by the court.