Sheriff responds to passage of gun control measure
Jason Pollock, Jefferson County Sheriff, released a statement Nov. 13 about the passage of Measure 114.
The measure mandates permits and applications for gun owners and prohibits magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
Pollock has stated he does not agree with the measure. "Measure 114 does not address the issues we face; it puts a blanket over everyone."
As sheriff, he has decided his office will not enforce Measure 114. "The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office will not enforce Measure 114," states the letter. "I do not have the personnel to attempt to permit every gun purchase in Jefferson County. Additionally, I believe the provisions of Measure 114 run contrary to previously decided judicial decisions."
Preliminary election results across the state show the measure passing 50.8% to 49.1%. In Jefferson County, 70% of voters voted no. Election results are not final until Nov. 30.
Before election night, the Oregon Sheriff's Association was one of many groups to oppose the measure. In the letter released by Pollock he stated "For far too many years, a fraction of Oregon counties have exerted far too much control over rural Oregon. I believe Measure 114 is a violation of the United States Constitution and is contrary to current federal court precedent."
Pollock then goes on to state that the measure will not improve public health or safety and calls it "pure anti-gun politics."
Pollock then mentions other measures that he sees the state has failed on, such as Measure 110, which decriminalized some drug charges.
Proponents of Measure 114 cite its potential impact on reducing gun violence. Pollock says gun violence is a result of a lack of enforcement of current laws. "Oregon has decriminalized drugs and scaled back Measure 11, which provided for mandatory minimum sentencing for certain violent felonies," said Pollock. "The above issues have been exacerbated by the overreaching police reform measure imposed upon Oregon counties by the kneejerk reaction to events in 2020 in Minnesota. Police hiring and staffing has never been more problematic as it has the last two and a half years in Oregon."
In Jefferson County, police staffing has suffered, especially at the Madras Police Department, which has had to contract assistance from the Sherriff's office to cover community need.
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