PENDLETON, Oregon – The Umatilla County Board of Commissioners voted down putting a Second Amendment sanctuary question on the ballot. Chairman George Murdock says the commissioners support the right to bear arms, but there were problems with the way the proposal was written.
“On the advice of the sheriff and legal counsel, including a decision made in Columbia County, there were some constitutional questions and the commissioners chose not to adopt the document,” Murdock said.
He said there was a show of support for the proposal, but the board stood with the opinion issued by County Counsel Doug Olsen.
“A number of people were present to urge the commissioners to support that document,” he said.
Murdock said the county has offered to work with the creators of the proposal to iron out the constitutional difficulties. Umatilla County has already adopted a Second Amendment sanctuary resolution, along with 12 other counties in Oregon. They are Baker, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Linn, Union, Wallowa and Wheeler counties. Twenty four of 39 counties in Washington state have sheriffs that have vowed not to enforce gun control measure I-1639 while it is being challenged in court, including Adams, Benton, Franklin, and Yakima counties.