Gun stores are enjoying buoyant sales following narrow voter approval of Measure 114, which will limit sales of some magazines and require safety training.
One example: At Tick Licker Firearms in Salem, customers lined up outside the counters on Friday, Nov. 18, to inspect firearms and ask clerks about the measurement and what’s next. Sales are also skyrocketing ahead of the measure’s implementation as people apply for background checks. They fear that they will not be able to purchase firearms in the future due to the requirements of the measure.
“It’s a de facto gun ban,” said Brian Clark, 50, of Salem, a client who said he feared the measure would erode Second Amendment rights.
It’s a scene that’s unfolding across the state. Oregon State Police reported an increase in requests through the agency’s Instant Firearms Verification System unit that processes background checks for firearm purchases. fire. The measure will go into effect Dec. 8, according to the Oregon Secretary of State’s office.
Measure 114 will close a loophole in federal law that allows gun dealers to sell guns without background checks if they are not completed within three business days. It will also require anyone buying a gun in Oregon to complete gun safety training and ban the sale of bullet magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
Although the Oregon Secretary of State’s office said the measure would go into effect Dec. 8, many issues need to be resolved in order to put the law into place.
State officials — and possibly lawmakers — will need to adopt rules detailing how it operates, such as determining the training program and who runs it. Oregon State Police will begin drafting regulations, and lawmakers may also act on the legislation in the 2023 session.
In a statement, the police agency said it was working closely with the Department of Justice, the Oregon State Sheriffs Association and the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police. to determine what is necessary to enforce the law.
As December 8 approaches, there is a rush of gun buying and uncertainty about what lies ahead.
“This unit has been working through these extreme volumes of firearms requests and will continue to process them as quickly as possible,” Oregon State Police said in a statement.
So far in November, about 63% of applications sent to the Oregon State Police Instant Firearms Verification System have been approved. The daily average of background check requests rose from 849 before the election to 4,092 after the election, according to state police data.
For the remaining transactions, a police officer must determine what caused the automated system to reject the request.
The Oregon State Police say the following can disqualify someone from the automated process:
If you have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime in Oregon or any other state.
If you have incomplete or incorrect information listed on the form, requiring verification of accuracy.
If your address listed with the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles does not match the address listed on your form. To resolve this issue in advance, update your address with the DMV.
For more information on the Oregon State Police’s Instant Firearms Checking System, go to tinyurl.com/HN-Firearms-Instant-Check.
At Tick Licker Firearms, which has stores in Salem and Corvallis, the chief executive said the measure could put the dealership out of business if people cannot get permits when Measure 114 takes effect.
“Unfortunately, based on the reading, we will not be able to transfer a firearm until the systems are in place,” said Austin Cock, managing director of both stories. “We will potentially have to shut down because of this if we don’t sell weapons.”
Cock said storefront sales accounted for 95% of his business, meaning a halt in sales would deeply reduce his bottom line. He said the measure may look “good on paper”, but without regulations in place to allow permits, gun dealers will be harmed if they cannot sell their wares.
Dealers are reporting a “huge influx” of gun sales in recent days amid uncertainty over the licensing system and gun sales after December 8. “It scares people,” Cock said. “It’s actually a very scary thing.”
At the Salem store, nearly 500 background check forms needed to purchase firearms were filed with state police in the week and a half after the election, Cock said. By comparison, around 500 a month is the norm, he said.
The measure also prompted questions and scrutiny from sheriffs, several of whom said they would not enforce the new law – or do everything possible to find violators.
Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan said in a statement on Facebook that her office would not enforce magazine capacity limits, calling it “a terrible law for gun owners, victims of crime and public safety”.
Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson said enforcement would not be a priority, The Bulletin in Bend reported. Baker County Sheriff Travis Ash said he was “frustrated” with the measure but will follow it, the Baker City Herald reported.
In a statement on Wednesday, Lincoln County Sheriff Curtis Landers said his office plans to enforce the law “if it is found to be constitutional by legal challenge.”
“Although I disagreed with Measure 114 and was openly against it before the election, I was sworn to abide by the laws of this state regardless of my opinion,” Landers said in a statement. communicated. “Does that mean we are going door to door asking if you are aware of this law, if you have high capacity magazines etc. ? No, we won’t do that; just like we don’t walk around asking if you have a fully automatic firearm (which is currently illegal unless you have a license). However, if we learn that you have broken the law, we may take action, just as we are responsible for any other crime.
Marion County Sheriff Joe Kast also released a statement this week saying his office is working to learn more about the requirements from county legal counsel and the state sheriffs association. ‘Oregon. Kast is keeping tabs on lawsuits that could impact the measure.
“As with any new bill or legislation, we will be diligent in our efforts to understand the requirements, develop processes and procedures to comply with the mandatory provisions and vigilantly monitor any potential litigation to ensure that we comply with the current case law,” Kast said in a statement.
He said he expects “significant strain” on his office’s limited staffing and resources as a result of the measure.
“Going forward, we will prioritize our services to areas of greatest need to better serve Marion County residents and visitors, so we will not focus investigations on magazine capacity issues” , Kast said. “Over the next few weeks we will be sharing additional information as it becomes available, we appreciate your continued patience.”