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Voters approve Second Amendment protections

UMATILLA COUNTY, Oregon – Voters in Umatilla County have overwhelmingly approved an item called the Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance in the General Election. The new ordinance will take effect as soon as the votes are certified.

It states that the right to bear arms – as promised in the Second, Ninth, and 10th Amendments will be protected by the Umatilla County Sheriff. The sheriff can, therefore, refuse to expend any county resources on enforcing any laws that restrict the right to bear arms.

The measure also gives the sheriff the right to levy fines of up to $2,000 for an individual and $4,000 for a corporation that may violate the ordinance.

The measure was proposed by Jesse Bonifer of Athena. Other counties in Oregon have considered the measure. Voters in Union, Baker, Columbia, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, and Lake counties also approved the measure. It failed to win in Lincoln and Linn counties.

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