On July 22, 2015, the County Court of Malheur County, Oregon passed a resolution in support of the 2nd Amendment. Their Resolution passed unanimously.
Verification Citation/Source: Malheur, OR – County Court
Resolution date passed: 22 Jul 2015
Vote Count: 3 Aye – 0 Nay
IN THE COUNTY COURT OF THE STATE OF OREGON FOR THE COUNTY OF MALHEUR
IN THE MATTER OF SUPPORTING SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS
Resolution No. R15-23
WHEREAS, the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America states: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed;” and
WHEREAS, Article 1, Section 27 of the Oregon Constitution states: “The people shall have the right to bear arms for the defense [sic] of themselves, and the State, but the Military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power;” and
WHEREAS, the County Court of Malheur County feel that public recognition of the Constitutions of the United States of America and Oregon are the documents that protect and preserve our democracy and liberty; and
WHEREAS, the County Court of Malheur County also recognizes that the first and last protectors of the Constitutions of the United States of America and Oregon are the people of the United States and Oregon, and that the ability of the people to fulfill that role rests in large part on the people’s right to bear arms as stated in the Constitutions of the United States of American and Oregon; and
WHEREAS, the significant majority of all lawfully owned firearms in the United States will not be used in a crime in any given year; and
WHEREAS, state and federal lawmakers continue to propose measures aimed at restricting all firearms and ammunition including bans, taxation, extensive waiting periods, registration, licensing and even confiscation; and
WHEREAS, the Oregon Legislature has passed Senate Bill 941 requiring background checks for many firearms transactions and created criminal penalties for violations of the law; and
WHEREAS, Senate Bill 941 contains an unfunded mandate for Malheur County government in the form of investigations, enforcement, prosecution and incarceration; and
NOW, THEREFORE, the Malheur County Court hereby Orders and Resolves as follows:
1. Malheur County strongly affirms our commitment to the rights and liberties enshrined within the Constitutions of the United States of America and Oregon, including but not limited to the right to keep and bear arms; and
2. Malheur County opposes any state or federal law that abridges or is contrary to the provisions of the Constitutions of the United States of America and the State of Oregon preserving the people’s right to keep and bear arms; and
3. Malheur County strongly supports the right of the people to keep and bear arms as stated in the Constitutions of the United States of America, and Oregon as interpreted by the United States Supreme Court and Oregon Supreme Court, and vigorously opposes any state or federal law that unfairly and unconstitutionally restricts these rights; and
4. Malheur County is unable to expend any county resources for the implementation and enforcement of Senate Bill 941. Senate Bill 941 is an unfunded mandated.
ADOPTED by the Malheur County Court this 22nd day of July, 2015.
Judge Dan P. Joy
Commissioner Don Hodge
Commissioner Larry Wilson
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