State sues county over SASO rule

State sues county over SASO rule

Department of Justice files lawsuit against Yamhill and Harney counties, asking judge to render Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinances null and void. PMG FILE PHOTO – Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced last week that lawsuits had been filed against Yamhill and Harney counties after they passed SASO ordinances in the past six months. Two counties will be held to account after the Oregon Department of Justice filed a lawsuit recently that claims so-called Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinances (SASO) are null and void and that the state is the last word on gun laws. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced last week that lawsuits had been filed against Yamhill and Harney counties after they passed SASO ordinances in the past six months. “Gun safety laws exist to help keep guns out of dangerous hands and keep people safe,” Rosenblum said in a prepared statement. “A county commission simply doesn’t get to override state law in this way. The laws of Oregon remain fully in force — and fully enforceable — notwithstanding these invalid ordinances.” The lawsuit asks circuit court judges in Yamhill and Harney counties for judicial review, essentially asking judges to strike down or invalidate the ordinances and affirm that the state alone has the power to enact and enforce gun laws. The lawsuit also asks the courts to nullify the tenet in the ordinances that makes officials who enforce state gun laws liable to prosecution or private lawsuits. The Yamhill County Board of Commissioners voted 2-1 to pass its Ordinance […]

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