Oregon Sheriffs Will Not Enforce Measure 114 Magazine Limit

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At least three Oregon sheriffs have announced they will not enforce the magazine restriction contained in Measure 114.

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- With the apparent passage, by a thin margin, of anti-gun-rights Measure 114 in Oregon, the Sheriff of Linn County, which covers an area of western Oregon between Salem and Eugene, has declared on Facebook that her department will not enforce a major part of it, according to KOIN News.

It is virtually guaranteed the measure, or at least parts of it, will be challenged in federal court on constitutional grounds. Ammoland has learned the Second Amendment Foundation is preparing a case.

Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan has posted a message on the department’s Facebook page declaring:

“Unfortunately, we are seeing the passage of Ballot Measure 114, which creates a required permitting system in order to purchase firearms AND bans gun magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. This is a terrible law for gunowners, crime victims, and public safety.

“I want to send a clear message to Linn County residents that the Linn County Sheriff’s Office is NOT going to be enforcing magazine capacity limits.

“This measure is poorly written and there is still a lot that needs to be sorted out regarding the permitting process, who has to do the training and what exactly does the training have to cover. In the coming days, I will work with other law enforcement partners, elected officials and community members on the best course of action to take on permitting. I want to ensure anything we do or don’t do will not hinder gunowners’ rights to purchase firearms, intentionally or unintentionally.

“Although, I am hopeful that the passing of this measure will result in an immediate lawsuit against it, as it should, there is still going to be a lot to sort out on how this will impact our residents, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office and other police agencies in Oregon.

“I will continue to inform the public as decisions are made.”

Ammoland reached out to Sheriff Duncan but she did not immediately respond. However, published reports from Oregon news agencies show she has company. Union County Sheriff Cody Bowen posted this message on his department’s Facebook Page:

As Union County Sheriff I agree 100% with Sheriff Duncan! This is an infringement on our constitutional rights and will not be enforced by my office!

This measure will only harm law abiding gun owners and result in wasted time with additional redundant background checks. With no funding from the state to provide additional payroll costs this will ultimately sacrifice patrol and deputy presence in our community. Another attempt at defunding our police at its finest!

To the people who chime in with me picking and choosing which laws I want to enforce or not enforce! Hear this! When it comes to our constitutional rights I’ll fight to the death to defend them. No matter what crazy law comes out of Salem!

And KATU News is reporting that Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe is also not intending to enforce the magazine capacity limit section of the measure.

“That is just the way it’s going to be,” Sheriff Wolfe reportedly said. “We have already made that decision. The supreme law of the land is a constitution of the United States, and I believe that this measure is totally contrary to the Constitution.”

The Oregon State Sheriff’s Association opposed the measure.

Union County is located in northeast Oregon. Malheur County is in Oregon’s far southeast corner. Sheriffs Duncan, Bowen are being lauded by many citizens in their respective counties, though there are some critics who object to the notion that a sheriff can decide which laws to enforce and which ones they can ignore.

As this story was written, more than 80 percent of the votes had been counted, with 50.8 percent approving Measure 114, and 49.2 percent opposing. Out of more than 1.5 million votes counted so far, only about 26,000 votes separated the “For” and “Against” columns. The margin has remained about the same since Wednesday.

Sheriff Duncan’s message has ignited a sometimes blistering debate on Facebook between gun control supporters and Measure 114 opponents. Sheriff Bowen is receiving accolades on his department’s page.

The initiative, reportedly bankrolled by wealthy out-of-state anti-gunners, according to Oregon Live, would require Oregon citizens to take a law-enforcement-approved training course, then obtain a permit from the police in order to just purchase a firearm. It would also ban so-called “large capacity magazines.” If it passes, the measure will almost certainly be immediately challenged in federal court on constitutional grounds.

According to Willamette Week, a news organ covering the Willamette Valley region of western Oregon, a spokesman from Lift Every Voice Oregon is already declaring victory and promising more action.

“There’s more work to be done, but right now, we are going to celebrate with so much joy in our hearts, knowing that brighter and better days are ahead,”  said Chairman Mark Knutson in a statement quoted by the newspaper.

Adding to the drama, KOIN News reported about two more Eastern Oregon counties where residents have voted to seek annexation to neighboring Idaho. The Greater Idaho movement has been pushing the idea of shifting the southwest Idaho border to encompass much of what is now the Beaver State landscape, primarily due to the increasingly liberal—and dominant—politics of Western Oregon.

According to KOIN, voters in Morrow (50%) and Wheeler (58.1%) counties, bringing the total number of counties to 11 (out of 15) east of the Cascades to support the shift. It probably will never happen, but it sends a clear signal that Oregon citizens outside of the I-5 corridor stretching south from Portland through Eugene are feeling neglected, if not downright ignored and dismissed, by the democrat majority in the capitol at Salem.

Idaho, on the other hand, is dominated by Republican politics. The Gem State has not had a Democrat governor since 1995, KOIN noted. Oregon has not had a Republican governor since 1987.

Practically speaking, neither the desire of the counties nor the sheriff’s announcement regarding enforcement of the restrictive gun control measure can be anything more than symbolic gestures at this point. However, both controversies represent the growing resentment by conservatives, gun owners and even some in law enforcement over policies and legislation supported by increasingly far-left activists and politicians along the Willamette Valley corridor, and a federal lawsuit challenging Measure 114 will undoubtedly bring that conflict into sharp focus.


About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms, and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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Montana454Casull

Glad to hear that this sheriff will not enforce this unconstitutional BS . It will be dismissed by the SCOTUS as unconstitutional just like it was in California . It’s just infringement is all and the constitution clearly states ” Shall not be Infringed ” .

KK

Don’t worry, state troopers will be “enforcing”. I hate to say from experience that, much as the Constitution says ” shall not be infringed”, millions of Americans in blue states have known nothing BUT “infringement” to the point of outright effective repeal of the Second Amendment. Oregon just “joined the club”. Nothing has changed in CA or NY as of yet. . . . and local police are in lockstep with the democrat party in enforcing to keep it that way, Supreme Court be damned. See how, after the epic decision in NYSRPA v Bruin, this blatantly unconstitutional Oregon bill… Read more »

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PistolGrip44

Don’t worry, other members of “law-enFORCEment” will take your Constitutional rights away, even if they have to kill you.

Finnky

Even if they have to kill you to protect you.

swmft

it is nice to see some of them know when they are wrong

musicman44mag

Yes, and at one time our county and others joined a group that voted to not enforce new anti-gun laws handed down from Oregon and stick with federal law regarding AR and extended magazines only. Some even voted beyond that in that they would only accept what was current law at the time and no changes from fed or state would be enforced. I believe that my county is part of the aforementioned and Coos County is part of the latter. Will they back up the voters in this or not is the question. Governor Kate shit stain brown has… Read more »

Oldman

I am hoping you are right!

MICHAEL J

Whenever I hear of anti-constitutional ballot measures, it’s usually put there to distance politicians and bureaucrats from the agenda fallout. They use voters to circumvent the Constitution and hope no one is paying attention. Then, there’s a voting system that is questionable itself, which is subject to manipulation. Who’s going to question a close count as opposed to a landslide? This might be a stretch on my part, but it’s wreaks of lunatic run left coast government. The lack of voter integrity is essentially mob rule.

KK

“Oregon Sheriffs Will Not Enforce Measure 114 Magazine Limit” Doesn’t matter. Democrats “got it done” AGAIN! The laws are on the books. What WAS available in stores – will NO LONGER be available. Can’t order online any more – illegal to ship to Oregon any illegal item. Transporting an illegal item – big risk. You are effectively disarmed. Can’t go with the confidence of being stopped by an enforcement official that will not enforce. State police will be enforcing STATEWIDE. (The progressive disarmament gestapo) You’ll see Oregon . . . this isn’t new, it’s a tried and true blueprint. It’s… Read more »