Firearm lovers are pouring into gun shops in Oregon as they wait to learn whether a federal judge will delay the implementation of a tight permit-to-purchase law before Thursday’s deadline.
Owner of the Northwest Armory Karl Durkheimer told Fox News that firearm sales to Oregonians make up between 50%-60% of their business.
The Northwest Armory has seen a gross sales increase since Nov. 8, which is the largest they’ve had in three decades of business as customers rush to buy guns and magazines before the ban takes effect, Durkheimer said.
Background check unit has seen “unprecedented volumes of firearms transactions” in the past month. State police received about 849 background check requests a day prior to the election, but that average skyrocketed to 4,092 requests per day immediately after voters approved Measure 114.
Last month, Measure 114 passed with 50.65% of the vote. It forbids the use of ammunition magazines that may hold more than 10 rounds.
It also calls for the establishment of a permit-to-purchase system that includes fingerprinting and practical firearms training from an instructor who has received official approval from law enforcement.
The permits, which are valid for five years and have a maximum cost of $65 under the measure, require a fresh background check for each gun purchase.
On Friday, arguments in the first lawsuit brought by the Oregon Firearms Federation, the sheriff of Sherman County, Brad Lohrey and a gun store owner against the measure, were heard for more than two hours by Judge Karin J. Immergut.
The lawsuit claims that the permit-to-purchase requirement and the magazine capacity limit both go against the Second Amendment.
The proposal’s backers anticipate that it will decrease suicides, accidental deaths and violent crime.
In court papers, Senior Assistant Attorney General Brian Simmonds Marshall argued that delaying the bill’s implementation would “certainly result in unnecessary deaths” and impede Oregon’s efforts to “lower the possibility of a massacre within its borders.”
According to Oregonian journalist Maxine Bernstein, Judge Immergut expects to make a decision early this week on whether the law should be delayed.
Federal Judge Karin J. Immergut said she expects to issue written ruling early next week – Mon or Tues- on whether or not to grant temporary restraining order that would bar OR gun control Measure 114 from taking effect. She heard 2 hrs of arguments. (1/)
— Maxine Bernstein (@maxoregonian) December 2, 2022
What will happen on December 8 when the law goes into effect is unclear. Gun store owners and local police have expressed concern that the permit system will not be ready in time.
The Oregon State Police attempted to allay those concerns Friday afternoon in a press release that stated there would be a “manual paper process until new technical systems can be designed and implemented.”
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Prior to OSP’s release, Durkheimer stated, “If there is not an injunction before the morning of the eighth, it will imply there will be no gun sales on the eighth to Oregonians.”
Durkheimer expected it could take a full year for sales to resume because OSP initially predicted the permit-to-purchase system wouldn’t begin until around January 2024, according to a fiscal estimate prepared earlier this year by a state committee.
According to Durkheimer, the law is unconstitutional and will only have an impact on law-abiding gun owners, not dangerous criminals.