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Second Amendment Advocates Launch Initiative Petition In Umatilla County


A March 10, 2018 file photo from the Crosshair Customs booth at the Pendleton Gun Show at the Pendleton Convention Center.

A March 10, 2018 file photo from the Crosshair Customs booth at the Pendleton Gun Show at the Pendleton Convention Center.

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The Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance movement has come to Umatilla County.

Gun rights advocates are collecting signatures to get an initiative on the November ballot that would restrict Umatilla County from using any resources to enforce state or federal laws that will “infringe on the right of the People to keep and bear arms.” The initiative designates the county sheriff as the authority to decide which state or federal laws meet the definition of unconstitutionally infringing on those rights.

Umatilla County’s chief petitioners are Jesse Bonifer of Athena and Kevin Pettey of Hermiston, but Bonifer said similar efforts to pass an ordinance with matching language are taking place in counties around the state. Four — Wallowa, Coos, Curry and Wheeler counties — already have passed a Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance through their county board of commissioners or, in Coos County’s case, via ballot initiative.

“This is a firewall for anyone coming into Umatilla County to take our guns,” Bonifer said.

Read the full article at the Hermiston Herald.

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