Oregon Faith Leaders Putting Gun Control on 2020 Ballot

A coalition of faith leaders in Oregon is orchestrating a grassroots movement to get gun control on the November 2020 ballot.  

Lift Every Voice Oregon (LEVO), as the group is known, wants to ban feeding devices with a capacity greater than 10 rounds, require a 5-day waiting period and training for prospective purchasers of a “semiautomatic assault firearm” and make the minimum age to purchase such firearm 21.  

LEVO defines “semiautomatic assault firearm” as a “selective fire rifle capable of fully automatic, semiautomatic or burst fire at the option of the user.”  

“We have to get legislation before this state for people to vote on to say ‘yes, this is not the kind of weaponry we want in our civil society,’” said Reverend Dr. W.J. Mark Knutson, the chair of LEVO and a pastor at Portland’s Augustana Lutheran Church.

The three ballot measures — IP 60, IP 61, IP 62 — read as follows: 

IP 60. “will implement an enhanced safety training course, add a waiting period and require that the background check be successfully completed before a semiautomatic assault firearm is delivered to the purchaser, so that we ensure these weapons are kept out of dangerous hands; and … follow several other states by raising the minimum age to purchase semiautomatic assault firearms to twenty-one …”

IP 61 “will follow several other states by raising the minimum age to purchase semiautomatic assault firearms to twenty-one; and…enhance the safety of residents, particularly children, of this state by prohibiting the manufacture, sale, or transfer of large-capacity ammunition magazines…”

IP 62 “will enhance the safety of residents, particularly children, of this state by prohibiting the manufacture, sale or purchase of large-capacity ammunition magazines”

More Details on proposed measures:

The restrictions for the “semiautomatic assault firearms” are not limited to rifles according to an alert sent out by the Oregon Firearms Federation (OFF), a pro-gun organization.  Included on the list are many commonly owned and widely popular shotguns and handguns.

Before voters vote on any of the measures, LEVO has to collect an initial 1,000 signatures and turn those over to the state Attorney General and the state Supreme Court.  If the petition is approved, LEVO will need an additional 112,000 signatures for the measures to appear on the November 2020 ballot.  

“It’s gonna be a battle,” Knutsen told OPB.org. “We’re ready for that.”

OFF cautions that the LEVO ballot initiative, which also includes previously filed IP 40 that forces gun owners to secure firearms in a particular manner, will be flanked by Dems in the Legislature who have the same agenda.  

“Obviously these attacks will only be part of the upcoming battles since the Democrats in Salem have promised to get as much of this nonsense as possible passed as legislation in February,” said OFF.

“Please consider donating what you can to protect your rights and the rights of your children and grandchildren,” OFF asked.   To support OFF or to learn more about the organization, click here.  

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Ti December 21, 2019, 3:31 pm

    Jim Jones of the Peoples Temple Church was big player in Commiefornia politics. SF and LA libs drooled all over the votes he could bring.

    Natural rights derived from the creator…. I don’t need a church to tell me what to do or who to love.

  • Shan December 16, 2019, 1:56 pm

    Separation between church and your commy ass State plz.

  • Lance December 15, 2019, 7:37 pm

    They are in no way religious leaders. They are , in truth, a bunch of communist him grabbers. Most from Kommiefornia!

  • Jamie December 13, 2019, 3:57 pm

    They want to get involved in politics, great! Now take away their tax exempt status. And this goes for every religious organization.

    • catawampus December 17, 2019, 5:29 pm

      DING, DING, DING, we have a winner, wana play politics? play by the rules

  • ~ Occams December 13, 2019, 3:19 pm

    Never underestimate religious nutcases, for as author John D. MacDonald wrote in his novel, ‘The Green Ripper’;

    “A true zealot is an awesome engine of destruction”

  • Frauddoctor December 13, 2019, 2:21 pm

    Make no mistake, these “faith leaders” come almost exclusively from the population centers of extreme leftist thinking in Oregon. The only faith they “lead” is faith in the omnipotent nanny state.

  • skipNclair December 13, 2019, 2:17 pm

    When Jesus asked Peter if he owned a sword, and when told he did not advised him to sell his coat and get one anyone with an IQ higher than their waistline and a functioning brain understands what Jesus was telling and implying. Now lets get up to modern times and pretend that Jesus is coming today and he and Peter are having the same converstaion do you think he would say get a sword? I think he might be hinting or saying get a weapon that is capable of drfending you under most circumstances and may I suggest an AR platform. Just my thoughts you traitors of the the cross that wish to mix you church and state.

  • Winston December 13, 2019, 1:07 pm

    Lutherans have been instrumental in bringing in hundreds of thousands of African immigrants to US cities with low black populations through the open borders ‘Faith Based Initiative’ cash cow of the early 2000’s. Lutherans are known adversaries of traditional white American families.

  • Brian December 13, 2019, 12:22 pm

    More religious charlatans, who by the way pay no taxes, who have bought into the Democratic Agenda of total control and power over citizens and their Constitutional rights.

    • BR December 13, 2019, 4:24 pm

      You may be correct that these are “religious charlatans who have bought into the Democratic Agenda of total control and power over citizens and their Constitutional rights,” but you are absolutely wrong the clergy “pay no taxes” they pay income taxes, sales taxes, and other taxes just like every one else. Ministries can be tax exempt, but ministers are not!

  • LHTwist December 11, 2019, 8:00 pm

    LEVO defines “semiautomatic assault firearm” as a “selective fire rifle capable of fully automatic, semiautomatic or burst fire at the option of the user.”
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    Cool, because that excludes every firearm owned by private citizens other than NFA items. They’re just repeating the same terms of the National Firearms Act (1934), the Gun Control Act (1968) and the Public Safety and Firearms Act (1994) so there’s no actual effect for all their trouble.

    • SuperG December 12, 2019, 10:42 am

      It is just worrisome that this state teems with the ignorant and stupid, and that they are in control of the state. The Republicans State Senators should just walk out now and avoid the rush.

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