Wasco County To Wait Before Considering Gun Ordinance

Wasco County’s legal counsel, district attorney, and sheriff advised County Commissioners to let legal proceedings surrounding a voter-approved Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance in Columbia County play out before considering any similar action.  County Commissioner Steve Kramer brought the subject for discussion as the Oregon Legislature considers Senate Bill 554 which authorizes entities that own, occupy or control public buildings to adopt ordinances, rules, or policies limiting or precluding possession of firearms in those buildings by concealed handgun licensees.  The Columbia County ordinance, along with those in Wheeler and Yamhill counties, seek to prohibit the use of county resource to enforce state and federal gun laws.  Wasco County legal counsel Kristen Campbell said that leads to a pre-emption issue, as a County can’t pre-empt state or federal law.  District Attorney Matthew Ellis added the supremacy clause prohibits local laws in conflict with federal statutes, and Sheriff Lane Magill said he was concerned about leaving officers vulnerable to civil lawsuits.

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