New Oregon Gun Law Off to Weak Start as Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce it


Oregon has always maintained a relatively hands-off policy on the Second Amendment. Though the state is known as a hippie-haven, the bulk of liberal soy latte-sippers reside along the Interstate 5 corridor, with Portland and Eugene making up the bulk of the left’s stronghold on the blue-leaning state.

However, Eastern Oregon can better be described as “Western Idaho” as it is largely conservative and several rural counties have pushed-back against the sweeping, unconstitutional gun law recently rammed-through in Oregon.

In essence, Oregon SB 941 mimics Washington’s newly-adopted controversial background check provision (except that Oregon voters were not allowed the chance to vote on it). The law requires a background check in all gun transfers, even for private sales (which would no longer be “private”).

Oregon SB 941, which was signed into law by acting governor Kate Brown three months ago, took effect on Sunday, August 9th, 2015. The law was rammed-through and signed by the government that enacted a so-called “emergency clause” that prohibits the controversial law from being referred to voters.

Since then, a massive recall effort has been launched against several proponents of the tyrannical law and several counties have declared that they will not enforce the law, including Josephine County and Douglas County, among others.

The law is a joke as even its strongest supporters admit that it is unenforceable. Oregon maintains no central gun registry and because of this fact, any person found in possession of a gun for which there is no record of a background check can simply claim that he or she purchased the weapon before the law came into effect.

Further, investigating such an “offense” would require manpower that, rightfully, should be reserved for serving and protecting the community with real needs for police involvement.

Even one of Oregon’s most-liberal counties, Lane County, in which Eugene resides, has made it clear that enforcing the law will not be a top priority.

The Lane County Board of Commissioners approved, in June, on a 4-1 vote, an ordinance that declared the law “an unfunded mandate” from the state. The ordinance declared that the county “is unable” to spend “any county resources” on implementing or enforcing such a mandate.

Eugene mayor Kitty Piercy declared that new ads will be airing in Eugene and Portland to “educate” people on the new law. The ads are bought and paid for by Everytown for Gun Safety, an anti-Second Amendment group founded and funded by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has spent millions on furthering anti-Second Amendment efforts in states amidst the stall encountered on a federal level for anti-Second Amendment legislation.

The group claims to be spending “six-figures” on the ads.

While any such laws are unconstitutional and should be viewed as null and void, Oregon’s SB 941 is especially contrary to the principles of our republic. Afraid to allow the people of Oregon to decide, Oregon’s legislators have rammed-through an unenforceable, unconstitutional piece of legislation that does nothing to deter crime, but only adds to government bureaucracy, strains resources and makes it tougher for the law-abiding to purchase firearms.

Thankfully, it seems not too many law enforcers in Oregon are taking the law too seriously.

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Greg Campbell
Greg Campbell
An unapologetic patriot and conservative, Greg emerged within the blossoming Tea Party Movement as a political analyst dedicated to educating and advocating for the preservation of our constitutional principles and a free-market solution to problems birthed by economic liberalism. From authoring scathing commentaries to conducting interviews with some of the biggest names in politics today including party leaders, activists and conservative media personalities, Greg has worked to counter the left’s media narratives with truthful discussions of the biggest issues affecting Americans today. Greg’s primary area of focus is Second Amendment issues and the advancement of honest discussion concerning the constitutional right that protects all others. He lives in the Northwest with his wife, Heather, and enjoys writing, marksmanship and the outdoors.

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