Oregon Attorney General sues Yamhill, Harney counties to enforce new gun laws

Oregon Attorney General sues Yamhill, Harney counties to enforce new gun laws

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum sued two Oregon counties Friday to stop their efforts to get around Oregon’s new gun laws. During the last legislative session, Oregon lawmakers required gun owners to securely store their weapons when not in use. The bill also banned the possession of guns in the state Capitol and at Portland International Airport and paved the way for public schools and universities to enact their own bans. In response, Yamhill and Harney counties adopted new ordinances circumventing the state law. Each county has declared itself a “Second Amendment Sanctuary,” in which the new state firearms laws are void. Their ordinances prohibit county officials from upholding the new state gun laws by imposing fines, criminal charges and even the possibility of civil suits for any enforcement action. Sgt. Brandon White of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office puts a cable lock on a training Glock on Jan. 14, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The sheriff’s office gives out gun locks for free to anyone who wants one. The Oregon Department of Justice lawsuit filed Friday asks the courts to void the local ordinances because state law declares counties don’t have the authority to regulate firearms. Rosenblum is not happy officials, who enforce the state’s laws, might be prosecuted and subjected to private lawsuits, “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 in a written statement. […]

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