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Oregon: Ivory Regulation Bill Expected for Senate Floor Vote

Monday, April 27, 2015

Oregon: Ivory Regulation Bill Expected for Senate Floor Vote

Senate Bill 913, the ivory regulation bill, could be up for a vote on the Senate floor as soon as tomorrow.

As previously reported, SB 913 was introduced with the intent of curbing poaching and helping to end the illegal ivory trade.  Unfortunately, SB 913 would not accomplish its purported objective.  The bill would, however, harm those who have no part in these activities; firearm owners, sportsmen, hunters, recreational shooters and gun collectors who have legally purchased firearms (knives, jewelry, antiques and other items) that have incorporated ivory features for decades.  Nevertheless, under SB 913, the sale, offering for sale, possession with intent to sell or importation for purchase or sale of any ivory, ivory product, rhino horn and rhino horn product would be prohibited.  Lawfully obtained items containing ivory or rhino horn, with very limited and narrow exceptions, would be rendered valueless as it would be an offense for you to sell it or for another person to buy it.  

The bottom line is that any property made from a product that was lawfully acquired should not be made illegal to sell and such an action is effectively a taking of property without compensation. 

Please contact your state Senator and politely urge him or her to OPPOSE Senate Bill 913.  Also, please stay tuned to your email inbox and www.nraila.org for further updates on this bill.

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