Support Needed for the Second Amendment Preservation Resolution
Since the start of the 2015 Legislative session, several antigun legislators have been rumbling about passing more restrictions on the Second Amendment starting from closing the gun show loophole to a universal background check for every personal gun transfer, including those between family members.
The worry is that tracking every transfer of arms would drastically affect the way family heirlooms pass from one generation to the next. The more apprehensive believe it is a backdoor avenue to an all-out gun registration, which historically leads to gun confiscation.
As a preemptive strike against the deluge of more gun laws, several counties, including Coos County, are considering adopting resolutions, or ordinances opposing any more obstacles to the ability of self-protection. The counties of Yamhill, Sherman, Polk, Klamath, Clackamas, and Douglas, have passed a Second Amendment Preservation Resolution, while Wallowa and Wheeler went even further and enacted an enforceable ordinance in defense of gun owners.
At the last Coos County Board of Commissioners meeting over a dozen citizens spoke in support of passing a resolution. Even our own county sheriff, Craig Zanni, spoke in favor of a strongly worded resolution and received a standing ovation for his heartfelt speech. The Chair of the Board, Commissioner Bob Main, requested that the county’s legal counsel draft a resolution for approval. The board has scheduled the vote on the agenda at the next regular meeting on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 in the Owen Building. Citizens are encouraged to participate in the process. Sign in starts at 9:00 am and the meeting begins at 9:30.
Currently, Commissioners Cribbins and Sweet are hesitant to vote for this proposal, even though there appears to be broad public support for the measure. In past actions, the board voted unanimously on a resolution opposing the creation of a National Marine Sanctuary off our coastline. More daringly, Cribbins and Main passed a resolution opposing the unconstitutional provisions of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, so it is hard to understand any resistance to protecting the rights enumerated in the Second Amendment. Pursuing a resolution or ordinance from elected representatives reflecting the opinions of the citizens is how a constitutional republic is supposed to function.
Citizens who are concerned with the direction of the state and the county can contact the commissioners any time before the vote on Tuesday. There is a petition and a poll question on the Second Amendment Preservation Resolution with more relevant information at www.CoosCountyWatchdog.com. Without the input of the people, Cribbins and Sweet might not make the right decision, so the more voters who show up to the meeting, the greater the possibility.
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