Oregon residents narrowly voted last month to pass an extensive new gun control proposal. Known as ballot Measure 114 (BM 114), it restricts magazine capacity to 10 rounds and requires a permit to purchase firearms.
Critics have challenged the law in court, however, arguing that it is unconstitutional. This week, a state judge handed them a win.
Judge issues temporary restraining order against new law
According to Breitbart, Circuit Court Judge Richard S. Raschio issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday which blocks BM 114 from taking effect.
That move came in response to a lawsuit filed by Gun Owners of America (GOA) and the Gun Owners Foundation along with individuals Gliff Asmussen and Joseph Arnold.
“With implementation [of measure 114], there are serious harms to the public interest as well, which could include individuals being arrested and prosecuted for Class A misdemeanors under what could be found to be an unconstitutional statutory scheme.” https://t.co/qdE63UJzDI
— Gun Owners of America (@GunOwners) December 6, 2022
In his ruling, Raschio said that lawyers for Gov. Kate Brown and state Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum have until December 13 to respond.
Specifically, they must demonstrate “why a preliminary injunction should not enter and continue throughout the pendency of this action.”
BM 114 passed with help from big money elites
Cam Edwards is a writer for the website Bearing Arms, and he noted in an article published on November 6 that the campaign for BM 114 was being backed by wealthy out-of-state donors.
These included socialite Connie Ballmer and venture capitalist Nicolas Hanauer, both of whom are based out of Seattle. Together, the pair spent a combined total of $1 million to support BM 114.
Meanwhile, Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund spent $155,000 on behalf of BM 114. The organization was founded by billionaire anti-gun activist and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Bloomberg is far from being the only corporate titan to support gun restrictions, with Breitbart reporting that Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke alongside former President Barack Obama at a pro-gun control event in New York City this week.
Bob Iger Speaks Out About Gun Control Responsibility On Sandy Hook Anniversary https://t.co/y0KmBF8Vbk
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) December 7, 2022
“As a grandfather, as a father, as CEO of The Walt Disney Company, I believe there is no greater or more important task than ensuring the safety and well-being of our children,” Iger was quoted as saying.
“Those of us who are in positions to affect change, whether it’s by influencing laws of shaping culture or supporting organizations on the frontlines, I think we have an extra responsibility,” he insisted.