Second Amendment sanctuary petitions circulate in Umatilla County

Second Amendment sanctuary petitions circulate in Umatilla County

Gun Rights

PENDLETON — As the Oregon Legislature begins this week in Salem with potential to enact stronger gun control laws, voters may again get the choice to reinforce Second Amendment protections throughout Umatilla County in May. Jesse Bonifer, a regional liaison with the militia group Oregon III%, and other Second Amendment activists started gathering signatures at Pendleton’s Roy Raley Park on Saturday in an attempt to land the Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance on the county’s May ballot. Seth Cranston assembles a shotgun for a customer at Smitty’s Ace Outpost in Hermiston on Wednesday afternoon. “I just want to be able to protect our gun rights in Umatilla County,” Bonifer said. The sanctuary ordinance bears the same language as those popping up in cities and counties across the country in an attempt to confront potential gun control legislation in 2020. In Morrow County, the Lexington City Council unanimously passed the ordinance last month. According to a copy of the ordinance provided by Bonifer, if enacted, any agency, political subdivision or employee of Umatilla County would be unable to officially participate “in the enforcement of any act, law, order, rule, or regulation issued regarding a personal firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition.” The ordinance would also prevent the county from using “assets, county funds, or funds allocated from the state to the county” to aid in any enforcement of gun regulations. Those that violate the ordinance would face a civil violation with a maximum fine up to $2,000 for an individual or $4,000 […]

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