Gun Confusion

Gun Confusion

Buy Now Ray Illingsworth, owner of Trader Ray’s in Baker City, handles guns and ammunition at his store on Broadway Street. S. John Collins / Baker City Herald What Baker County Commissioner Mark Bennett describes as the result of a “clerical error” has led local Republican Party officials to question whether commissioners were on the verge of approving an ordinance that the GOP officials contend would “dilute” the “Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance” that county voters overwhelmingly approved in November 2018. Both Bennett and Bill Harvey, chairman of the three-member board of commissioners, said on Monday that that’s not the case. “There wasn’t any intention for us to rewrite it,” Bennett said of the 2018 ordinance, which county voters approved 5,432 to 2,736. “That’s what the people passed. I can’t apologize enough for the mistake. We did it in good faith.” Harvey said commissioners won’t be considering a new ordinance related to preserving Second Amendment rights. A proposed new ordinance posted to the county’s website, www.bakercounty.org , last week was deleted from the website on Monday. That’s a good thing, according to Suzan Ellis Jones, chair of the Baker County Republican Party and one of the three chief petitioners for the 2018 voter-approved ordinance. But Jones said Monday that she’s concerned that Bennett and Harvey didn’t contact either her or the two other petitioners — Jake Brown, the Republican Party county vice chair, or Tom Van Diepen, a Republican precinct committee member — before posting on the county’s website a […]

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