An Oregon County judge has dismissed a case challenging the validity of two gun rights measures adopted by local voters in recent years, a move that Second Amendment supporters hail as a “victory with implications national “.
Columbia County Council of Commissioners had hoped a court would revise the Second Amendment Sanctuary Order and Second Amendment Preservation Order – which bar the county from enforcing most measures federal and state gun control authorities, according to the Columbia County Spotlight. The newspaper says the Oregon attorney general and lawyers for Everytown for Gun Safety filed their own court cases opposing the two orders, arguing they violated state and federal laws.
“While a governing body can request a review of an order … judicial review still requires justiciable controversy,” Judge Ted Grove wrote in his ruling on Thursday.
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“The petitioners have not demonstrated such controversy,” he added, noting that instead, they “were seeking what amounts to an advisory opinion intended to invalidate their own newly adopted ordinance.”
The Oregon Firearms Federation applauded the dismissal of the case, saying in a statement that “the Columbia County court shot” Everytown For Gun Safety, “New York attorneys Mike Bloomberg and the usual group of state worshipers and upheld the county’s 2nd Amendment shrine ordinance, an ordinance county commissioners hoped to torpedo.
“This is a victory with national implications and a repudiation of the divisive politics for which Bloomberg and the gun grabbers are so famous,” the gun rights group added.
The Second Amendment to the Sanctuaries Ordinance, in its language, reads “While in Columbia County this ordinance preserves the right of everyone to keep and bear arms as originally understood. ; in self-defense and preservation, and in defense of one’s community and country, and to freely manufacture, transfer, sell and purchase firearms, firearm accessories and ammunition, which are primarily designed to the same purposes and protect ancillary rights which are closely related to the right to own and bear weapons protected by the Second Amendment.
Sarah Hansen, a county attorney, told the Columbia County Spotlight that “I strongly disagree with Judge Grove’s ruling that there is no justiciable controversy in this case and his dismissal of the validation request,” but added that she was not sure the county will appeal the decision.