Measure 114 ruled constitutional in federal court

SALEM, Ore. – After a week-long hearing in June, Measure 114 has been ruled constitutional by a federal judge.

Measure 114 requires background checks to be completed before firearms are transferred.

It also includes a ban on high-capacity magazines and creates a new permitting system for all gun purchases.

It was narrowly passed by voters in November, but much of rural Oregon opposed the measure.

Despite the federal judge calling it legal, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said the measure is still on hold due to a state court order in Harney County.

Rosenblum released a statement Friday announcing the news:

“Great news from the federal court today!

After a weeklong trial in early June, US District Court Judge Karin Immergut ruled that Oregon’s new gun safety laws are constitutional under the United States Constitution in their entirety. For now, Measure 114 remains on hold due to a state court order from Harney County. But our team looks forward to ultimately prevailing in the state courts as well.

Measure 114’s provisions —passed by Oregon voters— are common sense safety measures that will save lives.”

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Ethan McReynolds is a reporter and weekend anchor for NBC5 News. He grew up in Bothell, Washington and graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Broadcasting and minors in Journalism and Sport Management. At Gonzaga, he started his own sports podcast. Ethan loves rooting for his hometown Seattle sports teams, especially the Mariners. He loves playing baseball, basketball, and soccer. He is also an avid Taylor Swift fan.
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