Liberal Gun Club to Lobby Against ‘Draconian’ Oregon Gun Control Bill

The Liberal Gun Club said it plans to lobby against the proposed ban on magazines capable of holding more than 5 rounds of ammunition and limiting the purchase of ammunition to 20 rounds a month.

"So, the big one we're focusing on right now is the Oregon bill," spokeswoman Lara Smith told the Washington Free Beacon. "That's just draconian. It's crazy."

Speaking at the firearms convention SHOT in Las Vegas, Smith said the Oregon bill could potentially be dangerous because it limits how often gun owners can practice safely operating their guns.

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"It's literally limiting you to 20 rounds of ammunition, no matter how many firearms do you own, what they're for," Smith said. "So, where we're going to go with that is we'll go in and say, ‘Hey look, you're making people less safe. When you do something like this, this is how people get hurt. People aren't gonna know how to safely operate their firearms.' We'll go in and instead of saying, ‘Oh my god, you're horrible and evil and trying to ban guns,' we'll go in and say, ‘Have you thought about the safety impact of what you're doing?'"

Smith said her group, which consists mostly of liberal gun owners who oppose new gun bans or magazine limits but favor what she describes as "root-cause mitigation," takes a different approach to approaching politicians.

"When I go to D.C., a lot of the talk I'll have is ‘I don't want to talk about assault weapon bans, we're never going to agree. Let's talk about where do we agree?'" she said. "You know, let's talk about mental health. Let's talk about, why do people have problems with certain types of laws? Like, let's say, universal background checks. What are people worried about in a registry in the world of Donald Trump? You know, is this a legitimate concern? And where are people concerned?"

She said she believes her group can do a better job of influencing Democrats or other politicians who are wary of working with groups like the National Rifle Association.

"I can go in and we can go into those offices sometimes more easily than somebody who's more conservative can and we'll get invites in and it's always respectful," Smith said. "Our job is to go in and talk about what laws don't work, where can we find some common ground, what do people agree on, what do people not agree on, but why don't we agree with you? Not because, hey, we're dug in on this political ideology, not because it's ‘cold, dead hands,' but because this law is discriminatory or this law is unsafe or this law is keeping disabled people or people who are poorer from being able to defend themselves."