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Oregon’s state legislature has been quite liberal of late, passing a number of laws to allow doctor assisted suicide and automatically registering people to vote when they obtain or renew a state driver’s license. This includes registering legal and illegal non-citizen immigrants who do not have the right to vote. The state has also passed some gun control laws that are not supported in all areas of the state.

One of those areas is Josephine County, a county in the southwest corner of the state, with Grants Pass being the county seat. The county officials are trying to pass the Josephine County Firearm Ordinance, which goes against several anti-gun state laws. County officials say the residents there value their Second Amendment rights so they are hoping to be able to pass the ordinance to help protect those pro-gun rights.

( – An ordinance that aims to protect Josephine County Residents’ Second Amendment rights might soon pass. It’s called the Josephine County Firearm Ordinance. Josephine County Commissioners held their first hearing on the Josephine County Firearm Ordinance.

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“The board was petitioned a couple of months ago to address the issue of Second Amendment rights as it relates to petitions that were filed at the state for refining the right to bear arms in the state of Oregon and like many other counties have done we took up the subject of addressing an ordinance here locally to reflect the local position of the citizens we represent,” said Josephine County Commissioner Simon Hare.

The two petitions filed at the state he addresses are Initiatives 43 and 44. 43 is the Oregon ban on certain firearms and magazines with more than a 10-round capacity. 44 is the Oregon firearm storage, control, transfer and reporting initiative. Neither will be on the November 2018 ballot…

The action of the Josephine County officials is like walking on a sharp sword. On one hand, some states have passed gun laws that prevent counties and cities from passing stricter gun control laws and in the case in Oregon, a county feels the state’s gun laws are too strict and they want the right to pass a pro-Second Amendment ordinance as an exception to the state laws.  




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