Columbia and Umatilla Counties Vote to Become “Sanctuaries” for Gun Rights

Columbia and Umatilla Counties Vote to Become “Sanctuaries” for Gun Rights

Columbia and Umatilla Counties Vote to Become “Sanctuaries” for Gun Rights “Even as Portland politics continues to condone chaos on our streets, efforts continue to make sure you are helpless to protect yourself and your family.” A Republican election-night watch party in Vancouver, Wash. (Chris Nesseth) Two Oregon counties passed ballot measures Nov. 3 that effectively make them "sanctuaries" for gun rights, meaning local officials could face criminal penalties for enforcing most local, state and federal firearm regulations. "Even as Portland politics continues to condone chaos on our streets, efforts continue to make sure you are helpless to protect yourself and your family," the Oregon Firearms Federation wrote in the Columbia County Voters’ Pamphlet for the 2020 general election . "The same people who are looting and destroying property are demanding that the police be neutered. Don’t stand by while your rights, your liberty, and even your life are placed in jeopardy." The two ballot measures, passed in counties on opposite sides of the state, are similar in what they accomplish: Both make it a class A misdemeanor for county officials to participate in the enforcement of any laws or regulations regarding firearm use. They also prohibit local officials from using county assets or funds to aid the state or federal governments in the enforcement of laws or investigations regarding firearms. Essentially, they mimic the sanctuary laws passed by Portland and other cities that bar local law enforcement from cooperating with the enforcement of federal immigration policies. But instead […]

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