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Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife To Suspend Some Restrictions!

Monday, August 25, 2003

A recent legal review found that the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission does not have the authority to prohibit the possession of any type of firearm during hunting or pursuit seasons.  As a result,  the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), Oregon State Police, and the Oregon Department of Justice will thoroughly review the existing regulations to identify all instances where possession of firearms or ammunition has been limited by actions of the Commission. Based on the review, ODFW Director Lindsay Ball has been ordered to develop and adopt a temporary rule suspending all firearm and ammunition possession restrictions in the 2003 big game and furbearer regulations. ODFW will incorporate the changes into the 2004 Oregon Big Game Regulations.  Oregon Revised Statutes allow the Fish and Wildlife Commission to regulate the manner in which wildlife can be taken by hunting and trapping. However ORS 166.170, adopted by the 1995 session of the Legislature, restricts the authority to regulate the sale, acquisition, transfer, ownership, possession, storage, transportation, and use of firearms to the Legislative Assembly.  We will continue to monitor the situation and advise our membership as details develop.

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