Columbia County keeps fighting ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’

Columbia County keeps fighting 'Second Amendment sanctuary'

Columbia County is filing a brief with the Oregoncourt of appeals after a circuit court judge dismissed case. FILE – Don Evans shows a customer a rifle at the Northwest Armory gun shop in Southeast Portland in 2013. Columbia County is appealing Circuit Court Judge Ted Grove’s dismissal of the county government’s request for judicial review of a voter-approved ballot measure. After county voters approved the second of two “Second Amendment Sanctuary” ballot measures aimed at preventing local enforcement of most firearms laws in 2020, the county filed a request for judicial validation, asking the Columbia County Circuit Court to review the ordinance to ensure it doesn’t violate the federal or state constitution or other laws. PMG PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO – Columbia County Commissioner Margaret Magruder, center, and county counsel Sarah Hanson, right, attend a meeting in January 2020. In July, Grove dismissed the county’s case. Grove wrote that the county’s case didn’t meet the standards of a “justiciable controversy,” which is one of the requirements to conduct a judicial examination. Grove dismissed the case for a lack of justiciability, before making it to any evaluation of the ballot measures and resulting ordinance. The county filed a notice of intent to appeal on Aug. 20. In a press release, the county said it “filed the petition for validation to get clarity from the court about what firearm regulations can be enforced to avoid other costly litigation. Judge Grove refused to answer those questions.” The county will file a […]

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