More Ore. sheriffs refuse to enforce new magazine capacity limit law

At least three sheriffs say they will not enforce Measure 114, a law that bans the sale of magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition

By Ashley Silver

ALBANY, Ore. — More Oregon sheriff’s departments say they will not enforce newly passed Ballot Measure 114, which bans the sale of magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

Last week, Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan proclaimed she would not enforce the law in her jurisdiction. According to Willamette Week News, at least two other departments will be following suit.

“I agree 100% with Sheriff Duncan,” wrote Union County Sheriff Cody Bowen on Facebook. “This is an infringement on our constitutional rights and will not be enforced by my office!”

The Sherman County Sheriff’s Office took a similar stance: “Per [Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey’s] direction, our office would not enforce Measure 114,” Undersheriff James Burgett confirmed to Willamette Week.

The measure faced opposition from the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association before voters made their choice on the matter, arguing in a statement published in the state Voters’ Pamphlet that the measure “violates current federal case law and the U.S. Constitution.”

The new law bans the sale of gun magazines holding more than 10 rounds and will require gun buyers to obtain safety training and a permit. It is expected to go into effect 30 days after the vote is certified, but The Oregonian recently reported that several gun rights groups are preparing legal challenges.

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