In the immediate aftermath of yesterday's Clackamas Town Center incident, where a criminal with a stolen gun opened fire on holiday shoppers in a reported “No Guns” zone, State Senator Ginny Burdick has introduced a bill to keep law-abiding Oregon gun owners from possessing standard capacity ammunition magazines for semi-automatic firearms, Oregon Firearms Federation reported today in a membership alert.
“As we predicted, the anti-gun bills are starting to show up in Salem,” OFF Executive Director Kevin Starrett informed Beaver State gun owners. “The first one by (of course) Ginny Burdick bans the 'transfer' of magazines that can hold over 10 rounds.
“This bill (and no doubt others) was drafted some time ago and we were expecting to see it when the session began,” the alert continued. “But Burdick has, not surprisingly, decided to use the tragic murders at Clackamas Town Center to market her bill.”
A communication forwarded by Starrett to Gun Rights Examiner confirms this.
“This terrifying situation exemplifies the danger of large capacity magazines in our community,” Burdick emailed fellow legislators today seeking co-sponsorship for her bill. “In the wake of yesterday’s tragedy, I wanted to share with you a bill I’ve had drafted for pre-session filing for the 2013 Session.
“LC 1031 (attached) creates a crime of knowingly selling or transferring a large capacity magazine,” she continued. “A large capacity magazine is defined as ‘ammunition feeding device with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition.’”
Naturally, she added an exemption Gun Rights Examiner readers familiar with the “Only Ones” files would expect.
“The concept creates an exception for law enforcement and military personnel,” Burdick announced.