A new petition was filed for 2020, Initiative Petition 6, the “School Gun Safety Act” would require Oregon public schools to provide a firearms safety class taught by an instructor certified by law enforcement or a national or state firearms instruction organization. The initiative expressly does not allow for the encouraging or discouraging of firearms possession or purchase and would not allow any live ammunition into a classroom.
A new pro-gun initiative, IP 8, has been filed for 2020. IP 8 would amend the Oregon Constitution to protect Oregonians’ right to own guns for self-defense and store guns in their homes in an operable state for self-defense.
The withdrawal of Oregon gun control ballot measures in 2018 is great news. However, the sponsors of both initiatives announced that they plan to lobby their proposals as bills in the 2019 legislative session and, if necessary, refile in 2020 as ballot measures.
The Oregon Supreme Court said the ballot title for IP 43 was misleading and could confuse voters. IP 43 would have banned most semi-automatic guns and severely restricted legal magazine sizes. The Court sent IP 43 back to the Attorney General on June 27 for redrafting. However, with more than 88,000 signatures due by July 6, petitioners were forced to concede for 2018.
The Oregon Supreme Court approved the title for IP 44, which would have changed firearms storage laws and imposed penalties and liabilities on improperly stored guns. On June 20, the backers of IP 44 stated they would not be pursing signature collection due to a lack of adequate time to collect signatures.