Oregon “Cannot-Issue” Gun Permit Law Challenged in New FPC-Backed Lawsuit

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PORTLAND, OR (December 2, 2022) – Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) today announced the filing of a new FPC-supported federal lawsuit seeking to enjoin Oregon Measure 114’s “permit-to-purchase” provision before it is poised to create a flat ban on firearm acquisition while public officials work to implement it. The complaint and motion for a temporary restraining order in Azzopardi v. Rosenblum can be viewed at FPCLegal.org.

“Oregon has passed a new law that will require, beginning December 8, 2022, all firearms purchasers in the state to present a ‘permit to purchase’ firearms; as envisioned by the law, the process to acquire a permit to purchase can take up to 30 days to complete,” argues the motion. “But today, less than a week from the day the requirement goes live, no one in Oregon has a permit because there is no infrastructure to support the processing of permit applications—there is not even an application yet; the Oregon State Police has not created it.”

“And so, Oregon is headed quickly to a situation that no one—even the drafters of Measure 114—intended or wanted,” the motion continues. “On December 8, it will become de facto illegal to purchase firearms anywhere in the state of Oregon, effectively extinguishing Second Amendment rights all across the state.”

“Unfortunately, sloppy statute drafting at the expense of peaceable gun owners is all too common,” said FPC Director of Legal Operations Bill Sack. “The drafters of Oregon Measure 114 appear to have spent more time planning their press conferences than the drafting of the ballot measure itself. Today’s suit seeks to once again remind lawmakers that the dictates of the Constitution apply even to them.”

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This lawsuit is also backed by the Second Amendment Foundation.

Individuals who would like to Join the FPC Grassroots Army and support important pro-rights lawsuits and programs can sign up at JoinFPC.org. Individuals and organizations wanting to support charitable efforts in support of the restoration of Second Amendment and other natural rights can also make a tax-deductible donation to the FPC Action Foundation. For more on FPC’s lawsuits and other pro-Second Amendment initiatives, visit FPCLegal.org and follow FPC on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

Firearms Policy Coalition (firearmspolicy.org), a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization, exists to create a world of maximal human liberty, defend constitutional rights, advance individual liberty, and restore freedom. FPC’s efforts are focused on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and adjacent issues including freedom of speech, due process, unlawful searches and seizures, separation of powers, asset forfeitures, privacy, encryption, and limited government. The FPC team are next-generation advocates working to achieve the Organization’s strategic objectives through litigation, research, scholarly publications, amicus briefing, legislative and regulatory action, grassroots activism, education, outreach, and other programs.

FPC Law (FPCLaw.org) is the nation’s first and largest public interest legal team focused on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and the leader in the Second Amendment litigation and research space.

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