Second Amendment Victory in Myrtle Point
On Monday evening, the Myrtle Point city council did what the Coos County Board of Commissioners failed to do and that was to enact a Second Amendment Preservation Resolution. It was a unanimous vote of the mayor and five council members who were present. Councilor, Phyllis Wilson, was not in attendance.
City councilor, Daniel Martin, requested to put the resolution on the agenda for the regular city council meeting. After a motion to put the item up for discussion, the councilors allowed for public comment.
Former police officer and community activist, Tom McKirgan, spoke to the members on the importance of a preemptive measure. He explained how the current antigun environment in Salem should give cause to all gun owners to be concerned about their eroding right to bear arms. He admitted that the state legislature has not introduced any legislation concerning personal background checks, but several State Reps are considering this law.
Many believe it is a backdoor to a universal gun registry, which will lead to confiscation. Cities and counties are the first line of defense and all other duties are ancillary to protecting our constitutional rights.
The councilors took turns relaying their apprehensions pro and con. One councilor, Doug Veysey, asked Police Chief, Rock Rakosi for some clarification on the subject.
Chief Rakosi said, “Speaking as a police chief I’m concerned that the wording in the resolution was not specific to the Oregon constitution.” He went on to explain how the US Constitution had the phrase, “shall not be infringed” in the wording of the second amendment, which is absent in the Oregon Constitution, even though it does state that the people shall have the right to bear arms for the defense of themselves, and the State. He was also worried at how easy it was to change the Oregon constitution. It only takes a majority vote of the Oregon voters to amend the state constitution, when it takes two-thirds vote of the US Congress to change the national constitution. Speaking as a citizen, Mr. Rakosi said, “He fully supported the passage of this resolution.”
After discussing a few phrase changes, a councilor made a motion to take a vote, which another councilor seconded, and the resolution passed. The people of Myrtle Point should be very proud to have a city council and police chief concerned with the rights of the individual.
The county’s failure to approve the resolution in February has triggered a public meeting in the Bandon Public Library at 11:00 am on March 14, 2015 in the large conference room to discuss gathering signatures for a Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance. The Chair, Bob Main, voted in favor, but it did not receive a majority vote of the board. Commissioners Cribbins and Sweet refused to lend their support. In response, The Committee to Preserve the Second Amendment filed the initiative with the County Clerk, Teri Turi, on Thursday, February 26. The county has five working days to approve the ordinance, so the group can gather petition signatures to put it on the ballot, or the county can deny it on the grounds it does not meet standards set in the Oregon constitution.
Rob Taylor is the founder of www.CoosCountyWatchdog.com, which is a network of individual local government watchdogs.
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