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The Skanner Endorses Measure 114

The Skanner has advanced the cause of the Black Press in the North Western United States since it was founded in Portland, Oregon, by owners Bernie Foster and Bobbie Doré Foste back in 1975r. The owners were inspired by the teachings of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and The Skanner still publishes a special issue each January dedicated to Dr. King and holds a Martin Luther King, Jr. celebratory breakfast where it gives our college scholarships for academic achievement.

With Oregon communities of color disproportionately killed by firearms, reducing gun violence is one of the most important racial justice issues of our time. Measure 114 is proud to have earned The Skanner’s endorsement:

MEASURE 114: “On paper, there is nothing revolutionary about this bill, which codifies common-sense regulation of gun ownership: Anyone wishing to purchase a firearm would need to obtain a permit issued by law enforcement, and would need to complete a gun safety course, pay a fee and be fingerprinted. The measure would also restrict the purchase and sales of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, reducing the risk of mass shootings. Violating the law would be a misdemeanor, upgraded to a felony if the violator has any prior criminal convictions. Measure 114, launched by the interfaith group Lift Every Voice Oregon, would be foundational in preventing future gun violence, and in lowering the soaring gun violence plaguing our state.”

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