Columbia County Second Amendment Sanctuary ordinance to get legal review by local court

Columbia County Second Amendment Sanctuary ordinance to get legal review by local court

stock.xchng Columbia County’s updated Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance will get a legal review to see if it will hold up under legal pressure. Voters passed Measure 5-278, a Second Amendment Sanctuary initiative, in 2020. It prevents Columbia County from “devoting resources or participating in any way in the enforcement of any law or regulation that affected an individual’s right to keep and bear arms, firearm accessories, or ammunition,” according to election office documents. In Columbia County’s ordinance, the laws and regulations that no longer will be enforced under the ordinance include registering or tracking firearms or ammunition, registering or tracking of gun owners, background checks, forbidding ownership, restricting capacity or hand grips, confiscating guns, prohibiting open or concealed carry, and any restrictions on “non-fully automatic firearms,” the ordinance states. There are exceptions. Law enforcement still can follow laws that relate to convicted felons, enforce firearm crimes laws and can still “take any actions necessary to comply with court orders.” The ordinance does not permit possession of firearms in state or federal buildings. It also does not stop people in the county from “voluntarily participating” in permitting, registering or licensing that might be required outside of the county. County commissioners recently passed the Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance, which includes language from the earlier Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance that was passed in 2018 after voters approved Measure 5-270. The preservation ordinance was repealed, as the ordinance made it redundant. The incorporated parts of the Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance include sections prohibiting […]

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