Our view | Voters should reject Measure 30-145

Umatilla County voters passed the county’s Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance in November 2018, which prevents the county from using resources to enforce state or federal laws that infringe on the constitutional right to keep and bear arms, and grants the sheriff the authority to rule on the constitutionality of those laws. This November, Umatilla County voters will vote on a related measure, the Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance. Here is the summary of Measure 30-145 from the voters pamphlet: “No agency of the Umatilla County Government or employee of the county will knowingly and willingly participate in any way in the enforcement of any law or regulation issued regarding a personal firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition, or utilize any asset or county funds to engage in any activity that aids the state or federal government in the enforcement or any investigation for the enforcement of any law or regulation issued regarding a personal firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition. Failure to comply with the ordinance may subject the county official or employee to liability for injured parties in a lawsuit, including payment of attorney fees.” This is likely to be found unconstitutional. Oregon Revised Statute 166.170 gives the Oregon Legislature sole authority to regulate firearms. And only the courts can overturn state or federal laws. This “sanctuary ordinance” is symbolic, and the county’s “preservation ordinance” would not be altered or removed by the passage or failure of the sanctuary ordinance. Rob Taylor, a gun rights activist from Coos County, who is […]

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