Second Amendment sanctuary could face legal challenges

Second Amendment sanctuary could face legal challenges

A measure on the November ballot to make Clatsop County a Second Amendment sanctuary will likely be challenged in court if it passes. Gun rights advocates behind the measure want to prohibit county resources from being used to enforce any local, state and federal law or regulation that restricts the right to keep and bear firearms, accessories or ammunition. A similar measure has made it on the ballots in Coos, Columbia and Umatilla counties. However, the measure has been blocked in several other counties, including Curry and Harney, after county clerks determined the content did not meet constitutional requirements. Clatsop County Sheriff Matt Phillips said he opposes Measure 4-205 and that the county is prepared to take legal action. Phillips believes the measure is unconstitutional and should not have made it on the ballot. He called it “a poke in the eye at the sheriff’s office and me and my deputies” that could expose them to civil penalties. “I myself am a supporter of the Second Amendment, and I do have some of the types of things personally that I think this law attempts to protect,” the sheriff said. “But this goes way outside of what’s appropriate.” District Attorney Ron Brown, who wrote the ballot title and summary for the measure, said he immediately noticed issues. He also believes the measure is unconstitutional. “I think there’s a substantial issue of a violation of the supremacy clause,” Brown said. “Local jurisdictions can’t pass laws that prohibit the state or the […]

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