Oregon AG is suing Yamhill and Harney counties over orders challenging new gun safety laws


Oregon Northwest

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) – Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum filed lawsuits against Yamhill and Harney counties on Friday, asking circuit court judges for those counties to order that the new laws of state gun safety remain in full force – and fully enforceable.

Rosenblum said the lawsuits were in response to the passing of ordinances in those counties seeking to overturn new statewide gun safety laws. The ordinances also provide that responsible officials who enforce laws duly promulgated by the state may be prosecuted or subject to private prosecution.

“Gun safety laws exist to help keep guns out of dangerous hands and keep people safe. A county commission just can’t override state law in this way, ”Rosenblum said. “The laws of Oregon remain in full force – and fully enforceable – notwithstanding these invalid orders.

“No public servant should be afraid of doing their job well by the threat of illegitimate criminal charges or bogus prosecutions,” she continued. “Although today’s lawsuits relate only to these two Oregon counties, other counties have issued similar illegal ordinances. These actions will hopefully send the message that we are prepared to preserve the rule of law in our state. “

Copies of the Attorney General’s prosecutions can be found here (Harney County) and here (Yamhill County).

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