Oregon judge throws out challenge to county’s Second Amendment sanctuary ordinance

It appears that the Second Amendment just scored another victory in court.

The Washington Examiner reports that an Oregon judge dismissed on Thursday a legal challenge to a local ordinance that blocked police from enforcing federal gun laws.

According to Breitbart, more than 60% of voters in Columbia County, Oregon supported the so-called Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance when it came up for a vote last November.

According to the text of the law, the “ordinance would prevent Columbia County and its employees from devoting resources or participating in any way in the enforcement of any law or regulation that affected an individual’s right to keep and bear arms, firearm accessories, or ammunition.”

“Many legal questions”

The Columbia County Board of Commissioners asked the judiciary to review the measure back in May in hopes of getting “answers to the many legal questions raised by it,” the Examiner reported.

Despite its popularity among voters, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety swiftly filed briefs challenging the ordinance.

Judge Ted Grove finally delivered his ruling in the case last week — and it likely didn’t leave Rosenblum et al. very pleased.

Over before it began

In his decision, Grove said there was no “justiciable controversy” for him to rule on.

“While a governing body may seek review of an ordinance, even one that incorporates initiative measures, judicial examination still requires a justiciable controversy,” Grove wrote. “Petitioners have not demonstrated such a controversy.”

The law prevents a judge from giving an advisory opinion on an issue, which seems to be what Grove was being asked to do here. But the judge refused to cave.

“Petitioners do not seek to defend their ordinance from a challenge or resolve some conflict between parties,” he wrote. “They do not attempt to overcome resistance from the Sheriff or State Police, nor, as apparent from their pleadings, would they defend their ordinance at all even if challenged.”

At the moment, it is unclear whether this ends the matter. Sarah Hansen, an attorney for Columbia County, has stated that she thinks Grove was wrong in this judgment. Nonetheless, Hansen said she was unsure about whether there will be an appeal.

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