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Judge Rules That Voter-Approved Gun Control Law Violates Constitution

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A judge ruled that a voter-approved Oregon gun control law violates the state constitution, blocking its implementation.

The law requires background checks and gun safety training for firearm permits, and bans high-capacity magazines.

The ruling has sparked confusion and legal battles, with state and federal courts issuing conflicting decisions.

The law remains on hold, pending appeals. The case could potentially reach the Oregon Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme Court.

“The Harney County judge’s ruling is wrong,” one statement read.

“Worse, it needlessly puts Oregonians’ lives at risk. The state will file an appeal and we believe we will prevail.”

“The U.S. Constitution sets a floor, not a ceiling, for rights, so state constitutions can be more rights-protective than the federal constitution,” law professor Norman Williams said.

The ruling is part of a broader legal landscape shift after a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2022, which changed the standards for judges weighing gun laws.

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