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Group Proposes Initiative To Limit Assault Weapons In Oregon

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Backers of an initiative to restrict the sale of assault weapons in Oregon are gathering signatures. Petitioners Monday submitted a batch gathered during last weekend’s March for Our Lives.

If at least 1,000 signatures are found valid, the ballot title drafting process can begin. Rabbi Michael Cahana is one of the chief petitioners. He says it’s important that religious leaders are leading this effort. “We felt that it was really time to, instead of just offering prayers, take action and to speak with a religious voice, to speak with a moral authority that our religions, our diverse religions call out to us, to protect life.”
The proposal will need more than 88,000 signatures by July 6th to make it to the November ballot. But the initiative is opposed by conservatives and will likely face a challenge in the Oregon Supreme Court.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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