Oregon attorney general sues two counties over gun ordinance

Oregon attorney general sues two counties over gun ordinance

In this Feb. 19 Associated Press photo, firearms are displayed at a gun shop in Salem. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has asked circuit courts in Yamhill and Harney counties to invalidate ordinances enacted by those local officials declaring themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries.” SALEM — Oregon’s attorney general filed lawsuits Friday against two counties that had adopted ordinances that sought to nullify new statewide gun safety laws and declaring themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries.” In her lawsuits against Yamhill and Harney counties, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum asked the circuit courts in those jurisdictions to declare the ordinances “invalid and void” because they conflict “with paramount state law.” “Gun safety laws exist to help keep guns out of dangerous hands and keep people safe. A county commission simply doesn’t get to override state law in this way,” Rosenblum said. The ordinances, passed by county commissioners in the two counties earlier this year, did not apply to local, federal or state firearms regulations that were in effect as of last February. But they did encompass a bill passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor on June 1 that mandates the safe storage of guns and bans them from the Oregon State Capitol and Portland International Airport. The new law, that went into effect on Sept. 24, also allows public school districts, community colleges and universities to set their own policy banning guns. Yamhill County Counsel Christian Boenisch had warned the county commissioners that their ordinance might pre-empt state gun laws, which […]

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