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People in Oregon might be surprised what they are being asked to vote for or against at the next state election.

Republicans have proposed to scrap the 172-year-old ban on duels for public officials in an attempt to highlight how many arcane laws are still upheld by the state constitution.

The favored flute-like pistols were inaccurate and often misfired.

A duel is an arranged engagement in combat between two individuals, with matched weapons, in accordance with agreed-upon rules.

Duels in this form were chiefly practiced in early modern Europe with precedents in the medieval code of chivalry, and continued into the modern period (19th to early 20th centuries) especially among military officers.

Lawmakers proposed and failed in the 1970s to update the entire document, including the banning of duels.

The only person to give a public testimony against the resolution was local lawyer and spokesman for the Oregon Progressive Party, Dan Meek.

Under the current constitution, Article II, Section 9 states that anyone who offers, accepts, or knowingly participates in a “challenge to fight a duel ...

or who shall agree to go out of the State to fight a duel, shall be ineligible to any office of trust, or profit.” The rule came into effect in 1845, more than four decades after US Vice President Aaron Burr shot dead the first Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton after a bitter rivalry.

As a divorce attorney, I must maintain boundaries between my professional work and personal life, but, contrary to popular stereotypes, I am human.

There have been times when I am sitting across from a suitor whose behavior is reflective of the failed relationships I have observed in my professional life.

The outdated law might be removed but other antiquated laws would remain, such as mandating who can sell stationery to local government, as well as references to slavery and titles for members of family nobility.

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