UPDATE: OR Ballot Measure 114 story was not correct

By on Monday, February 12th, 2024 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

We have learned that there was nothing filed by the Attorney General’s Office regarding a request to intervene in the Harney County ruling. This was due to dated information and an inaccurate source who will no longer be used by us.

Unlike Portland media, which simply chose to delete the story as if it never happened, we do not delete stories that we post.

We can accurately report that the Oregon Court of Appeals has been asked to rule on Judge Raschio’s stay on the gun control measure. We do not have any information as to if or when it will occur.

Editor’s note: We are being told by credible sources that the Oregon Supreme Court did not deny such a petition a second time. It did deny it about a year ago. The state has appealed Judge Raschio’s ruling to the Oregon Court of Appeals which has not acted. We are seeking further confirmation and will report it as soon as we know more.

SALEM – The Oregon Supreme Court denied a petition to overturn Harney County Circuit Court Judge Robert Raschio’s ruling that blocks Measure 114, Oregon’s narrowly approved gun control law, from going into effect late last week. The justices wrote that it’s not appropriate for them to be involved while the issue is still being dealt with at the trial court level. This is the second time the state’s high court has refused to become involved in the issue.

The suit in Harney County, brought by two gun owners, saw Raschio rule that the ballot measure, as it is written, violates the Oregon Constitution because it would cause an “irreparable harm to gun owners and those seeking to purchase firearms for self-defense.”

There is also a federal suit challenging the measure’s constitutionality nationally. U.S. District Court Judge Karin Immergut of the Portland District had ruled the law could take effect until she heard more detailed arguments, which are supposed to occur late this month. However, Raschio’s ruling halted it from becoming law.

Under the measure, anyone purchasing a firearm would be required to take a gun safety course and obtain a permit. It bans magazines holding more than 10 rounds and closes a loophole in federal law that allows firearms transfers to go into effect if a background check is not completed after three days.