Gun rights question before voters in 10 Oregon counties

Gun rights question before voters in 10 Oregon counties

Gun Rights

(M. Spencer Green | Associated Press) By JONATHAN LEVINSON Oregon Public Broadcasting Voters in 10 Oregon counties will decide Nov. 6 whether to enact measures designed to protect and expand Second Amendment rights. The proposed ordinances state that county residents have the right to own semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines and have the right to own firearms without any registration requirement. The ordinances also call on county sheriffs to decide whether state and federal gun laws are constitutional and prohibit the use of county resources to enforce any laws they deem unconstitutional. According to the Roseburg News-Review , the measures are on the ballot in Baker, Columbia, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lake, Lincoln, Linn, Umatilla and Union counties. Four other counties have previously passed similar ordinances, the News-Review reported: Coos, Curry, Wallowa and Wheeler. The measures were written and shepherded through the ballot initiative process by the Committee to Protect the Second Amendment, an organization run by Coos County resident Rob Taylor. Members of militia groups such as the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters took lead roles as well. In Douglas County, Sheriff John Hanlin supports the ordinance before voters there, but says it’s mostly just a message. "The main purpose of the ordinance is sort of raising the flag in support of the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America," Hanlin said. And although Hanlin was clear that interpreting the constitution is not part of his job or something that he’s qualified to do, […]

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