ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Douglas County Commissioners decided Wednesday morning to send a proposed Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance to a public vote in November after a second public hearing.
If approved by voters, the proposed ordinance would make it so county law enforcement agencies would not have to enforce any state gun restriction laws.
This would counter proposed restrictive gun laws like Initiative 43, which aims to limit the ownership of “assault weapons” and the attachments and ammunition that fit those weapons.
Some opponents said they don't want the ordinance to move forward because they feel we need gun reform.
Others, like Eileen Anderson, said they just don't feel the ordinance is written well enough.
“I would like to see this rewritten, the references to the second amendment and other amendments to the constitution removed, and clearly put before the voters these other issues that they would like to have voted on,” Anderson said.
A majority of the 30 attendees voiced their support of the ordinance.
One even requested the commissioners forgo a public vote.
Many of the supporters said they just don’t want their rights taken from them.
“Individuals who decide they don’t want to have firearms, that’s fine,” said one county resident. “Give them up, I don’t care. People who want to give up their rights, they can do so. Just don’t give up mine. I won’t allow it.”
Commissioner Tim Treeman said forgoing the public vote would allow future commissioners to change the ordinance, and, in his opinion, isn't the best option.
“If a group of citizens passes something on a ballot, then a board of commissioners can’t change it,” Freeman said. “So, there’s a substantial difference between the two board of commissioners passing this ordinance and having the people of this county pass this ordinance. Just in the legality and the future of the ordinance.”
Douglas County Commissioners encourage residents to read the ordinance and turn out in November to voice their opinions on the matter.