OREGON – Law-abiding citizens residing in Oregon are being forced to scurry to make their firearms purchases for the foreseeable future thanks to the passage of voter-approved Measure 114, The Oregonian reports.
The measure, which passed with a scant 50.65% of the vote last month, is being hailed as one of the most strict in the United States and includes a provision that mandates the creation of a permit-to-purchase system for firearms.
The system is to include fingerprinting and hands-on training from an LEO-approved instructor, FOX News reports. These permits can reportedly cost up to $65 to acquire, last for five years, and still require a new background check for each gun purchase.
Thanks to this, and literally so much confusing information surrounding the measure that making sense of it is going to be its own article on this website shortly, gun sales have flown to the moon in the state.
Seriously. Look at this graph.
The pre-election average reflects the date range of Jan. 1 to Nov. 8, 2022. This graphic’s post-election range covers Nov. 9 to 13, 2022, state police say. When the post-election date range is extended from Nov. 9 through 15, the average daily request fell slightly to 3,104.The Oregonian
FOX News spoke with Northwest Armory owner Karl Durkheimer, who has been swamped with law-abiding citizens attempting to purchase firearms before Measure 114 takes full effect.
“Two things are happening. There’s fear they won’t be able to get a gun, but there’s the actual logistics that they won’t be able to do the background check,” he said.
“The parking lot has been a disaster,” he pointed out. “The side streets around our place have been a disaster.”
Durkheimer further reported that gun sales have hit a 30-year-high in recent weeks as Oregonians wrestle with the fallout of the passage of this new law. Judging from his parking lot, it’s hard to disagree.
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