Church leaders restart gun ban petition

First 1000 plus signatures turned in for Petition #43 the Oregon gun ban petition
By Oregon Faith News Note,

Three Oregon church leaders submitted the first 1000 signatures for a statewide imitative petition (petition #43) to ban assault rifles in Oregon and require current owners to register the ones they have with the state. To start a petition the state requires the submission of 1,000 sponsor signatures. The campaign turned in 3,443 and if certified by the Secretary of State the petition will go through a ballot title review process and following that the petition will be ready to circulate.  Over 80,000 signatures will need to be gathered by early July to qualify for the November 2018 ballot.

The Petition reads

“The people of the State of Oregon find and declare that a reduction in the availability of assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines will promote the public health and safety of the residents of this state.”

The three chief petitioners are W. J. Mark Knutson, pastor of Portland’s Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland, Rev. Alcena boozer who is pastor emeritus of St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church and Michael Cahana who is a Rabbi from Congregation Beth Israel.

Critics of the petition, like the Oregon Firearms Federation have said that the measure is flawed and that it “bans things that don’t exist like threaded barrels that accept forward pistol grips.” (read more here)

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