SALEM, Ore - Oregon’s attorney general has filed lawsuits against two counties that had adopted ordinances that seek to nullify new statewide gun safety laws and that are declaring themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries.”
In her lawsuits against Yamhill and Harney counties, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum asked the circuit courts in those jurisdictions to declare the ordinances invalid because they conflict with paramount state law.
The ordinances, passed by county commissioners in the two counties earlier this year, applied to new firearms regulations. A new state law mandates the safe storage of guns and bans them from the Oregon State Capitol and Portland International Airport.
Gun safety advocates, such as Everytown, highlight that the new law “will require that firearms be securely stored and locked when not in use: Research shows secure storage legislation can prevent unintentional shootings and gun suicides. Right now, over 80 percent of gun deaths are gun suicides in Oregon. September marks Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.”
Everytown also says, “Armed extremism in democracy is not new for Oregon. During the December 2020 special session, armed extremists descended on the Oregon State Capitol. Security footage shows Rep. Mike Nearman opening the door to let extremists into the building. In January, the Oregon legislature decided to delay the start of session due to threats of violence in Salem. A recent Everytown for Gun Safety report in partnership with the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), details that Oregon had the highest number of armed protests between January 2020 and the end of June 2021.”
The new gun law took effect on September 25th.