I read an article dated January 31st that was discussing several of the illegal and unconstitutional anti-gun bills that have been presented in the legislature this session. The article got really disturbing when Sheriff John Hanlin became part of the story. While Hanlin was being interviewed, he admitted that many of these new bills were probably unconstitutional, but he’d, “ leave it to the courts to decide, rather than using the county’s new Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance to refuse enforcement of its provisions.” Hanlin also claimed that the SAPO was meant as a “formal Statement”.
As the NW coordinator for the Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance and now the Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance, please allow me to correct Mr. Hanlin, who obviously doesn’t have a clue as to why so many worked so hard on the SAPO.
For more than a dozen years, our Natural Born Rights have been under constant attack by would be tyrants. Every gun law is illegal and the government actually has a mandate to leave our RIGHTS alone…it’s called the Bill of Rights. We won’t even mention that these bills would only affect people who have done nothing wrong and are only about control. What Sheriff Hanlin seems to forget is that he swore an Oath to protect and defend the Constitution and the people of his County. A Sheriff is directly elected by the people to protect their RIGHTS against all enemies of Liberty and we don’t let the “courts” decide what is constitutional. The “courts” are not the ultimate arbiter of the constitution, the constitution is and it was written so that the laymen would comprehend it. Everyone from the dog catcher to the President takes the Oath and it is not a ritual. If you enforce a law that you believe to be unconstitutional, you are usurping your authority and are therefore a tyrant.
To be clear, the Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance was not meant to be a “formal statement”. Yes, it was meant to send a message, but it is also meant to protect the people from overreach. In Federalist 46, Madison gave us a few ways to deal with overreach and one of the peaceful ways was nullification. The SCOTUS has opinioned many times that a law that is not constitutional is void ab initio. I thought Sheriff Hanlin was a Constitutional Sheriff and am very disappointed in his latest. We are now pushing a Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance to take the whole thing out of the Sheriffs hands. We will protect our RIGHTS if our elected employees won’t.
Columbia County Coordinator
Oregon Firearms Federation
Founder, Oregon Irregulars (3%)
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