Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek signed a controversial Democrat-backed gun control bill into law Thursday that has been described as "clownish" by Second Amendment advocates in the state.

The bill, HB 2005, regulates unfinished frames and receivers and unserialized firearms in the state, authorizing violators to receive up to a maximum of 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. Defining personally made guns and unserialized firearms-- many made before 1968 never had serial numbers-- as an "undetectable firearm" under state law, the bill's tenets will become effective in 2024. 

Supporters of the measure, such as Oregon state Sen. James Manning, a Eugene WFP Democrat, described such guns as "the gun of choice for gun traffickers, violent criminals, and people legally prohibited from buying firearms." 

However, the text of HB 2005 as signed by Kotek seems ill-conceived and includes the troublesome definition for "frame and receiver" that was recently thrown out by a federal judge. 

The Oregon Firearms Federation described the bill as "clownish" and, in a press release, said plainly, "We have received a number of inquiries about what this bill actually does. But the bill is so poorly drafted that we can’t really answer that question with any certainty."

However, it could have been worse. 

As originally introduced, HB 2005 originally included provisions to bump the age to buy most guns from 18 to 21 and to allow local governments to outlaw the legal carry of firearms on their property. After passing the Oregon House in a 35-24 largely party-line vote in May, it stalled in the state Senate after Republicans in the chamber staged a historic six-week walkout rather than allow a quorum to approve the bill. Once concessions were made to trim all but the "ghost gun" regulations from its text, HB 2005 passed 17-3 with the three present Republicans casting their votes against the proposal.

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