Yamhill County hopes to become sanctuary from gun laws
Yamhill County could become a "2nd Amendment sanctuary" under a proposal commissioners will consider Thursday morning, Feb. 25.
New Commissioner Lindsay Berschauer proposed the ordinance on Friday, Feb. 19. A four-page ordinance will be discussed during the commissioners' regular meeting, which begins online at 10 a.m. at zoom.us/j/92847709143, Webinar ID: 928 4770 9143. The ordinance is the final item on the agenda.
If approved, the ordinance would prohibit county resources from being used to enforce state or national gun control laws. It's part of a national movement by local jurisdictions to prevent infringement on gun ownership rights. In Oregon, voters in Columbia and Umatilla counties adopted similar ordinances in the November 2020 election. Voters rejected the ordinances in Clatsop and Coos counties.
In a Feb. 19 letter with the proposed ordinance, Berschauer wrote that she raised the issue because "unconstitutional gun control bills are moving quickly in Salem, so we need to act on this." Her proposal was modeled on ordinances in Columbia and Umatilla counties.
A statewide movement led by the Oregon Firearms Federation hopes to get similar sanctuary ordinances on ballots in all 36 counties.
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