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OR – GUN RIGHTS – Two Oregon counties passed measures to prevent enforcement of firearm regulations

On the November ballot, several Oregon counties saw measures to prevent enforcement of firearm regulations. Columbia and Umatilla counties passed the Second Amendment sanctuary ordinances, or “SASOs,” while Coos and Clatsop counties rejected them. These ordinances are intended to prevent county officials from enforcing most state, federal and local firearm regulations, like background checks, firearm registration or tracking and laws regarding open or concealed carry, among others. The ordinances could face legal challenges due to potential conflicts with state and federal law. Unofficial results show 62% of Umatilla County voters supported the SASO. A similar ordinance narrowly passed in Columbia County, 50.78% to 49.22%. Clatsop County rejected the measure by 61 to 38.84%, but the race was closer in Coos County, where 54.3% voted against the measure and 45.19% supported it. In both Columbia and Umatilla counties, the ordinances could prevent county officials from “devoting resources or participating in any way in the enforcement of any law or regulation that affected an individual’s right to keep and bear arms, firearm accessories, or ammunition,” according to election office documents. In Columbia County’s voters guide, the Oregon Firearm Federation wrote, “All ballot measure 5-278 does is ensure your right and ability to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.” In Columbia and Umatilla counties, individuals who violate the ordinance could be subject to a $2,000 fine, and “corporations” would be subject to a $4,000 fine. Exemptions would be made for enforcing firearm regulations on convicted felons or prosecuting crimes involving firearms.  [full article]

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