By Taxpayer Association of Oregon
Oregon’s recently approved gun control laws, including a ban on high-capacity magazines and the requirement of background checks and permits for firearm purchases, are under scrutiny in a six-day state trial presided over by Judge Robert Raschio. Despite the federal court deeming these laws constitutional, the state-level challenge has emerged as a battleground for gun rights advocates. The lawsuit was initiated by two gun owners arguing that the new laws infringe on their Second Amendment rights and that the permitting system lacks necessary training and background check efficiency.
The Oregonian reported from the trial several arguments used by witness in defense of the Second Amendment, ““Restricting magazines that hold more than 10 rounds will harm Oregonians who use them to protect themselves and their families against predators, such as wolves, coyotes and bears, Aiello said. Guns with large-capacity magazines are “the most effective arms for self defense,”. Another statement read “Well, we can look at what happened in the past couple of years with the pandemic, with a protest. There was mobs of people. There was people that needed a firearm with a semi-automatic rifle to be able to defend themselves and their families, in that example,”
OPB reports that: “Experts say the state trial differs in key ways from the federal trial in June, during which lawyers on both sides were eager to establish a first-of-its-kind detailed historical record of late 18th century firearms and regulations. That record could be pivotal in challenges widely expected to reach the U.S. Supreme Court. In Oregon, the state constitution allows the state more leeway in regulating firearms compared to how the U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted the federal Constitution, particularly in recent rulings that dramatically expanded gun rights.”