As Democrats in Washington, D.C. continue to push their anti-gun legislation, states and counties have been fighting back. Local and state officials throughout the nation have passed Second Amendment sanctuary legislation, effectively declaring that state and federal gun control laws would not be enforced in their jurisdiction.
Two counties in Oregon – Harney and Yamhill – recently passed 2A sanctuary status legislation to protect residents from Salem’s gun-grabbing tendencies. According to the counties, gun control laws coming down the pipeline violate their citizens’ right to keep and bear arms.
That hasn’t pleased Democrats in the Beaver State who are upset with those that are daring to oppose them. On Friday, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum slapped Harney and Yamhill Counties with a lawsuit over their pro-gun legislation.
According to the Associated Press, Rosenblum takes issue with the Second Amendment sanctuary designations because they contradict state law, something she says makes the ordinances “invalid and void.”
“As sovereign and consistent with its police power, the State has an interest in the uniform application and enforcement of its laws across the state,” the attorney general wrote in one of the lawsuits.
“Gun safety laws exist to help keep guns out of dangerous hands and keep people safe. A county commission simply doesn’t get to override state law in this way,” Rosenblum said in a statement.
“The laws of Oregon remain fully in force – and fully enforceable – notwithstanding these invalid ordinances. No officials should be frightened out of properly doing their job by the threat of illegitimate criminal charges or bogus lawsuits. Although today’s lawsuits are addressed to only these two Oregon counties, other counties have enacted similar illegal ordinances. These actions will hopefully send the message that we are prepared to preserve the rule of law across our state.”
The ordinances Rosenblum refers to were passed earlier this year in response to two bills – one requiring “safe storage” of firearms the other banning firearms from the state Capitol and Portland International Airport. Those bills passed the state legislature and were signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown (D) on June 1.