Cody Southworth of Roseburg and his son Jhett Southworth, 7, check out a display of rifles for sale at The Roseburg Rod and Gun Club Gun and Knife Show in February.

By an overwhelming 73.8 percent to 26.2 percent, voters Tuesday approved a Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance.

The SAPO ordinance, listed as Measure 10-165 on the ballot, guarantees that no county funds will be used to enforce gun laws that are believed to violate the Second Amendment, including registration rules and limitations on semi-automatic weapons and ammunition.

The ordinance gives the Douglas County sheriff the right to determine what laws pass muster under the Second Amendment, and creates civil fines for violating the ordinance.

Proponents of the ordinance said it would help protect rural voters from efforts by Salem legislators to curtail their rights. Opponents said it could embroil the county in lawsuits and ultimately be found unconstitutional since the Supreme Court, not the sheriff, has the authority to determine what laws are constitutional under the Second Amendment.

The measure was one of 10 similar measures on the ballot Tuesday across the state. Four Oregon counties already have similar ordinances.

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Finally they report on this measure passing. Maybe Ms. Mesik and Mr. Saunders should move to Lane County.


"............... since the Supreme Court, not the sheriff, has the authority to determine what laws are constitutional under the Second Amendment."

The sheriff has the last word in a county NOT the Federal Government.

Richard Saunders

What a joke this is. And the people in this county actually think this is legitimate. Douglas County is a scary place. This isn't the wild west, where the sheriff makes up the rules. I guess we're going to have to get the circuit judge to come to town on the next stagecoach to tell you fine people that you cannot overrule U.S. law.


This upholds federal law. It means federal law cannot be changed locally. Like local sanctuary laws for example, are in conflict of federal laws.

Suzan Mesik

Well, this is still silly and a vast waste of County money. When will the first tax-payer paid-for lawsuit be?


I love it, a sanctuary for us gun owners. And it is constitutional as it is written that the state and US constitution will not be usurped by local laws. Good work!

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