Oregon & The Gun Sanctuary Movement

Oregon & The Gun Sanctuary Movement

Gun Rights

Last fall, The Advocate reported on a new type of local sanctuary law being passed in counties around Oregon, known broadly as “Second Amendment sanctuary” laws. They give local law enforcement officials like sheriffs the authority to interpret whether state and federal gun laws conflict with the Second Amendment of the Constitution, and allows them to restrict local resources from being used to enforce conflicting laws. Eight Oregon counties passed a version of this law in last November’s elections: Baker, Columbia, Douglas, Klamath, Lake, Linn, Umatilla and Union. Two counties, Lincoln and Jackson, rejected it. Supporters believe they are a necessary legal defense against state and federal governments passing laws which infringe on their legal right to carry firearms. Some legal experts and supporters of gun control laws argue localities like cities and counties cannot decide for themselves to override federal and state law. In Oregon, gun rights activists and members of controversial militia groups backed these laws, and are beginning to turn success at the ballot box into a national movement of localities passing these laws in order to “nullify” state and federal gun control laws. Some of these “nullification” laws are being challenged in the courts, and the outcome of these political and legal battles has the potential to affect the entire legal framework for sanctuary cities, including those established to protect illegal immigrants from federal immigration enforcement. From Congress to City Council Much of the debate around gun control has historically centered around Washington, D.C., using […]

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