Oregon judge dismisses challenge to county’s Second Amendment sanctuary rules

A judge in Columbia County, Oregon last week thwarted efforts by a gun control advocacy group to challenge the locality’s Second Amendment sanctuary rules already approved by area voters, as the Washington Examiner reports.

The decision came in response to a request by the county’s board of commissioners, who sought judicial review of two measures passed by citizens, the Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance and the Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance, as Fox News noted.

The Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance, in particular, reads, “while within Columbia County, this Ordinance preserves the right of any person to keep and bear arms as originally understood; in self-defense and preservation, and in defense of one’s community and country,” among other related rights.

The two provisions in question essentially prohibit any enforcement of the majority of federal or state gun control laws, something which the state attorney general and the Everytown for Gun Safety advocacy group argued is illegal.

Judge Ted Grove, however, dismissed the request for the ordinances to be revisited in court, saying, “While a governing body may seek review of an ordinance…judicial examination still requires a justiciable controversy,” something he deemed missing from this case.

“Petitioners have not demonstrated such a controversy,” Grove said, adding that the AG and gun control advocates actually wanted “what amounts to an advisory opinion designed to invalidate their own newly passed ordinance,” as Fox News further reported.

The outcome was heralded by the Oregon Firearms Federation, which said in a statement, “the Columbia County Court shot down ‘Everytown for Gun Safety,’ Mike Bloomberg’s New York Lawyers, and the usual gaggle of state worshippers and upheld the county’s 2nd Amendment Sanctuary ordinance, and ordinance the county commissioners hoped to torpedo.”

Suggesting that the ruling could have a broader impact, the group added, “This is a victory with national implications and a repudiation to the politics of division that Bloomberg and the gun grabbers are so famous for.”

Not surprisingly, the county was disappointed in the ruling, with attorney Sarah Hansen declaring her fundamental disagreement as to whether a justiciable issue did indeed exist in the case. Given that she also indicated uncertainty as to the likelihood of an appeal, perhaps the will of the people in Columbia County will rightly be allowed to stand.