SALEM, Ore. — A bill proposed in Salem would enforce tighter gun control regulations in Oregon and one of the co-sponsors is from the Rogue Valley. An official of gun organizations in the state is calling the bill possibly the most extreme anti-gun bill in the country.
House Bill 3200 has support from more than a dozen politicians state wide one of which is Peter Buckley of Ashland. The bill’s summary states that it would require owners of assault weapons and large capacity magazines to either dispose of them or register them with the state.
The maximum punishment for unlawful possession under this bill would be 10 years in prison and a fine of a quarter million dollars. NewsWatch12 spoke with Representative Peter Buckley on the phone from Salem, he said he doesn’t expect the bill he co-sponsors to pass, but he believes something must be done to end mass shootings.
The bill outlines specifics for what would qualify as an “assault weapon” including features on semi-automatic assault riffles such as a pistol grip or thumb-stock hole or a folding telescope stock.
The bill has yet to go to committee and is currently at the speaker’s desk awaiting referral. The Oregon Firearm’s Federation says the bill is extreme and doesn’t make any sense.
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