Voters rejecting Second Amendment sanctuary

Voters rejecting Second Amendment sanctuary

Voters were rejecting a ballot measure to make Clatsop County a Second Amendment sanctuary after early returns on Tuesday night. Measure 4-205, designed by gun rights activists, would 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. The percentage of voters opposing the measure was significant in initial election results. Leading up to the election, Sheriff Matt Phillips and the mayors of Astoria, Gearhart, Seaside and Cannon Beach came out in opposition to the measure. Phillips also warned that the county could take legal action if the measure passed. District Attorney Ron Brown said he believes the measure is unconstitutional. Jim Hoffman, a leader in the Clatsop County Republican Party, collected the signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot. Rob Taylor, a gun rights activist from Coos County and chairman of the Committee for the Preservation of the Second Amendment, helped craft the measure. Taylor also worked with the Oregon Firearms Federation and the Tenth Amendment Center to customize the measure for ballots in counties throughout the state. The measure was modeled after immigration sanctuary laws that limit police cooperation with federal immigration agents. A similar measure was blocked from the ballot in other counties, including Curry and Harney counties, after county clerks determined it did not meet constitutional requirements. Voters in Coos, Columbia and Umatilla counties were also deciding on the measure Tuesday.

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