Douglas County Commissioners to consider Second Amendment Preservation ordinance

The ordinance would ensure county law enforcement would not have to enforce any restrictive gun laws.

Posted: Apr 26, 2018 5:58 PM
Updated: Apr 26, 2018 6:27 PM

ROSEBURG, OR. -- Douglas County Commissioners will be holding public hearings about a proposed ordinance that aims to protect second amendment rights.

The Douglas County Republican headquarters has spent the last several years drafting the proposed Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance, basing it on similar ordinances in Coos and Curry counties.

At the commissioner’s meeting on Wednesday, they voted to move ahead with public hearings on the proposed ordinance.

County commissioners are working on their own ordinance as well, based on the one in Coos County.

The ordinance simply aims to preserve the right of the people as stated in the second amendment.

It would make it so that county law enforcement would not have to enforce any state or federal gun regulations or bans, like initiative 43 that’s being proposed for the November ballot.

“The reason it is being addressed in Douglas County right now, is because of the efforts in the North end of the state to develop an initiative that would limit the access of the citizens to certain types of firearms,” said Douglas County Republican Party Chairman Fred Dayton Jr.

It also says it includes, but is not limited to, semi-automatic or “assault style” firearms, accessories, high capacity feed systems, and ammunition.

Dayton said he believes it would also give law enforcement the ability to not enforce those gun limitations.

“Should the initiative or legislature pass very restrictive gun laws, what we would expect is the county would not authorize any expenditure of county funds to enforce those laws.”

The hearings for the ordinance are scheduled for June sixth and 20th at 9:00 in the morning at the Douglas County Courthouse.

After the hearings, the commissioners decide whether or not to put the ordinance on the November ballot.

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