Mayors oppose Second Amendment sanctuary

Mayors oppose Second Amendment sanctuary

Four mayors have urged voters to oppose a ballot measure that would make Clatsop County a Second Amendment sanctuary. Measure 4-205, designed by gun rights activists, would prohibit county resources from being used to enforce any local, state and federal law that restricts the right to keep and bear firearms, accessories or ammunition. Sheriff Matt Phillips has opposed the measure and said the county is prepared to take legal action if it passes in November. District Attorney Ron Brown has said he believes the measure is unconstitutional. In a letter, Astoria Mayor Bruce Jones, Cannon Beach Mayor Sam Steidel, Gearhart Mayor Matt Brown and Seaside Mayor Jay Barber called the measure anti-law enforcement. "It ties the hands of county law enforcement," the mayors wrote. "With few exceptions, it makes it illegal for detectives investigating crimes to track illegal firearms used in the commission of a crime, prevents the county sheriff from seizing as evidence a firearm used to unlawfully menace, and subjects deputies to civil liability penalties for enforcing firearms related laws supported by the majority of Americans. "Measure 4-205 would put our communities at risk by preventing deputies from executing legal, temporary confiscation of firearms from distraught individuals expressing suicidal or homicidal intent. It would prevent the county’s enforcement of virtually any limitation on firearms or firearms accessories such as silencers." Jones said he reached out to the sheriff and mayors in September after reading the measure to hear their thoughts. "The measure, to me, is a solution […]

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