Contact: Keely Hopkins, Manager, Pacific States & Firearm Policy
- Oregon’s Initiative Petition 17, which would ban standard capacity magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds and require a permit to purchase a firearm, has been certified by the Oregon’s Secretary of State and will now appear on the November 8 ballot as Measure 114.
- Standard capacity magazines are commonly found in the hands of hunters and recreational shooters throughout the nation and are used for a wide variety of legitimate purchases including hunting, shooting sports, and personal defense.
- Sales of these magazines each year actively contribute to the American System of Conservation Funding (ASCF) through taxes that support state fish and wildlife agencies and their critical conservation efforts.
- The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) has been monitoring Initiative Petition 17 since it was filed and will be actively opposing the initiative between now and the November election.
Why It Matters: Oregon’s law-abiding hunters and shooters have long played a vital role in funding conservation and wildlife management efforts throughout the state. Under the American System of Conservation Funding (ASCF), a unique “user pays — public benefits” structure, Oregon’s sportsmen and women generate tens of millions of dollars each year for the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife. These funds are generated through license sales and a 10-11% federal excise tax on sporting-related goods, including firearm purchases. If passed, Initiative Petitions 17, now Measure 114, would impact conservation funding in the state by decreasing the tax revenue available for wildlife management and conservation.
The Oregon Secretary of State has officially certified Initiative Petition 17, now Measure 114, for the November 8 election. Proponents of the initiative submitted the 112,020 necessary signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State by the July 8 deadline in order to qualify the initiative for the 2022 ballot. If passed, Measure 114 would require a permit to purchase a firearm and ban standard capacity magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds, amongst other restrictions.
A standard capacity magazine generally means any detachable ammunition feeding device that is sold and designed to operate in firearms as sold from the manufacturer. Many popular semiautomatic rifles and handguns are sold with magazines that have capacities of 15-30 rounds and are commonly found in the hands of hunters and recreational shooters. Restrictions imposed on standard capacity magazines by Measure 114 would create unnecessary burdens on responsible firearm owners and would come at a high cost to firearm manufacturers and consumers, with little to no evidence indicating a reduction in crime. Additionally, restrictions to access firearms with standard capacity magazines or through the imposition of a lengthy permitting process would also reduce conservation funding in the state through decreased firearm sales.
Each year, Oregon’s hunters and recreational shooters contribute tens of millions of dollars to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, providing vital revenue to help carry out their mission of managing the state’s diverse fish and wildlife, and the habitats upon which they depend. Under the Pittman-Robertson Act, Oregon’s hunters and recreational shooters pay a 10-11% excise tax on all firearm purchases, which in turn helps fund a large portion of the state’s wildlife management, conservation, and research efforts. Measure 114, if passed, would restrict the sale of firearms with standard capacity magazines, thereby decreasing the tax revenue available for conservation funding from which all Oregon residents enjoy.
CSF is on the ground in Oregon and will be actively working with our partners in opposition to this initiative.
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