Blue states try end-around on Bruen decision

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We knew that it would happen. The Supreme Court issued the Bruen decision and immediately, some people would try to find ways around it.

This is what anti-Second Amendment types do. They can’t come right out and just ignore the ruling, so they try to find a way around it.


And, of course, there’s just one type of state trying to do this. Blue states.

As the pace of judicial victories by Second Amendment rights advocates picks up, blue state legislators are scrambling to circumvent the Supreme Court’s precedents by rewriting gun control laws in ways that maintain some restrictions.

One state looking to restrict gun rights in the wake of the Bruen decision is Oregon. In November, Oregonians voted to approve Measure 114, which would require citizens to obtain licenses, take training courses, and complete background checks if they want to purchase guns. It would also ban firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

Measure 114 was due to go into effect on Thursday, but a state judge in Harney County halted the law only hours after a federal court had ruled it legal. In his decision granting temporary relief, Judge Robert Raschio said that the measure would be a “deprivation of fundamental constitutional rights” and constituted “irreparable harm.”

On Wednesday, according to the Associated Press, Oregon’s attorney general asked the state’s supreme court to overturn the judge’s decision in an urgent appeal. The Oregon Department of Justice argued in its filing that Mr. Raschio got it wrong.

“Magazine capacity restrictions and permitting requirements have a proven track record: they save lives,” Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in a statement. “We are confident the Oregon Constitution — like the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution — allows these reasonable regulations.”


This is, of course, just one example.

New York is involved in legal fights to defend their post-Bruen gun control law. New Jersey has its own series of draconian restrictions in the process of passage as well.

The truth is that this is to be expected.

I’m not saying this is right or that it should happen, only that it’s inevitable.

Anti-gun, Democrat-controlled states are like teenagers in many ways. One way is that if you give them a limit, they’ll do everything they can to circumvent both the letter and the spirit of that rule.


Part of it is that they honestly do believe gun control works. Our side loves to argue that it’s all about control, and there’s truth to that in many ways, but we can’t escape the fact that most supporters actually think gun control works.

As such, there’s always going to be some kind of push for gun control.

When they run into limits like those laid out in Bruen, they’re going to push as far as they think they can. The only way to stop that is continued slapdowns.


They have to get hammered often enough that they recognize that restricting people’s rights isn’t a viable option for solving issues and they should probably try something else.

Unfortunately, that takes time. Until then, we have nonsense like this.

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