"The League of Women Voters of Oregon strongly supports Measure 114. We have seen what happens when shooters have easy access to weapons equipped with large-capacity magazines. Research shows that limits on large-capacity magazines save lives and requiring a permit-to-purchase effectively reduces firearm homicide and suicide rates."
– Rebecca Gladstone, President, League of Women Voters Oregon
The League of Women Voters of Oregon believes that the proliferation of handguns and semi-
automatic assault weapons poses a major health and safety threat. Gun violence, the leading
cause of premature death in the US, should be confronted with a sense of urgency and a range
of evidence-based solutions.
Here is why the League strongly supports Measure 114:
Research shows that a permit-to-purchase requirement is one of the most effective ways to reduce firearm homicide and suicide rates. The multi-step permitting process, renewable every
five years, would:
Include safety training, including hands-on safe firearm handling to reduce unintended
injuries and abuse.
Close loopholes in our background check system, providing more thorough screening for
those who pose a danger to themselves or others.
Prevent impulsive gun purchases by criminals or those experiencing mental health
Help to curb gun trafficking.
Research also shows that bans on large-capacity magazines save lives. We have seen what
happens when shooters have easy access to semi-automatic weapons equipped with large-
capacity magazines—they enable continuous firing without pausing to reload, denying victims
time to escape or time for others to intervene, and greatly increasing casualties. It is
unacceptable that the U.S. now accounts for 73% of global mass shootings.
The League agrees with the many gun safety researchers who conclude that requiring a permit-
to-purchase and banning large capacity magazines are two of the best ways to reduce gun
Be part of the solution to reduce gun violence. Vote yes on Measure 114.