The good citizens of Coos County, Oregon are sick of a tyrannical government undermining and eroding their Second Amendment rights.
On November 3rd, voters in Coos County spoke up loudly and easily passed a “Second Amendment Preservation Measure”. Over 60% of voters were in favor of this Constitution-protecting initiative. It gives the sheriff the authority to curtail enforcement of certain federally-mandated firearm restrictions and allows him to decide if a federal or state gun law is constitutional or not.
Voters in other parts of Oregon apparently have the same view. Very similar ordinances have been established in both Wallowa and Wheeler counties. Others counties have voted for measures showing their support of gun rights.
The sponsor of the Coos County measure, retired optician Rob Taylor, told The Daily Signal, “We are a big gun ownership area. Coos County has the highest percentage of concealed carry licenses in the entire state. They’re tired of having their rights eroded, and not just under the Second Amendment, all of their rights, so they were thrilled that somebody was trying to do something about it.”
Taylor concedes that the measure may be more symbolic than truly functional, but also says he would welcome litigation to put the ordinance to a real test. In an article posted on The Oregonian, he stated, “Until we get a challenge on it, we don’t know how effective or ineffective it is”. He believes expanded background checks unfairly raise costs of buying a gun privately and amounts to the registration of firearms.
On the same point, he told The Daily Signal, “One of the reasons we enacted this measure is that we wanted to challenge [the state’s] background check law through the judicial process. The problem is we’re just average citizens, we don’t have a lot of money so we can’t just take these challenges to court. Lawyers cost a lot of money and court fees cost a lot of money. We’ve put it in the realm of being an actual ordinance so that one government entity will have to challenge another government entity without forcing individuals to have to pay for it by themselves.”
It’s hard work protecting our Constitutional rights. It shouldn’t be, but it is. Thankfully there are people like Mr. Taylor who are willing to take on the task.