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Prospective initiative would prohibit enforcement of laws restricting gun possession

Initiative would expand firearm definition to include ammo, accessories.

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on May 8, 2018 4:18PM

A prospective initiative petition in Grant County seeks to expand the constitutional definition of firearms and prohibit the enforcement of laws that regulate their manufacture, sale and possession.

Grant County Clerk Brenda Percy received the ballot title for the prospective initiative and determined it complied with constitutional requirements. Electors dissatisfied with the determination may file a petition for review by 5 p.m. May 14 in Grant County Circuit Court.

A summary of the prospective initiative states it would mandate that Oregon and United States constitutional definitions of firearms be interpreted to include ammunition and firearms accessories in Grant County.

“Approval of this measure would make unconstitutional in Grant County any law or regulation that restricts a person from possessing firearms, ammunition, and firearms accessories,” the summary states. “Approval of this measure would require the Grant County Sheriff to review federal, state, and local laws affecting firearms, firearms accessories, and/or ammunition and determine whether they violate the United States and Oregon Constitutions as defined by this measure.”

The measure would prohibit Grant County government from enforcing any law restricting the right of people to possess firearms, accessories or ammo and would impose $2,000 individual or $4,000 corporate fines for violations, according to the summary.


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