Gun sales surge as Oregonians rush to get ahead of new controls

Gun sales surge as Oregonians rush to get ahead of new controls
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Gun sales have more than doubled in Oregon with Ballot Measure 114 (BM 114) pending, and Oregon State Police are struggling to meet demand for background checks.

KDRV reports that BM 114 has gone through a margin of 50.9% to 49.1% and will take effect on December 8, 2022.

In the weeks leading up to the Nov. 8 election, Breitbart News highlighted a Bearing Arms report that BM 114 was being funded with out-of-state money. The measure requires a permit, which costs $65, to purchase a firearm. It also bans “high-capacity” magazines and requires law enforcement to maintain a database of firearms license applicants, among other things.

The process for obtaining a firearms license under BM 114 includes submitting fingerprints and passing a firearms safety course, KDRV notes.

OregonLive observes that thousands upon thousands of state residents are seeking to advance the effective date of BM 114.

The week of October 30, Oregon State Police “received 8,609 firearm background check requests from potential buyers.” The number of applications “more than doubled to 18,065” the following week, during the elections.

The surge in demand led the state police to fall behind universal background checks, so only 63% of pending background check requests were approved.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and author/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused onn all Second Amendment stuff, also for Breitbart News. He is a political analyst for Armed American Radio and an ambassador for Turning Point USA. AWR Hawkins holds a doctorate in military history with a focus on the Vietnam War (Brownwater Navy), the United States Navy since its inception, the Civil War, and early modern Europe. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. You can sign up to get Down Range at Contact him directly at [email protected]

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