Oregon County Certifies November 2nd Amendment Ballot Initiative

Klamath County officially puts up Measure 18-110 to protect citizens' Second Amendment rights

Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Klamath County, Oregon officials late last week certified a petition to place a Second Amendment protection measure on the November ballot after counting and validating signatures submitted to the Klamath County Clerk’s Office.

Proposal 18-110 was certified as having met the 1,371 signatures needed, and then some. The proposal is now titled, "Measure 18-110" and will be put before voters in November. It is widely expected to pass.

The Measure would make it illegal for the county to infringe on the peoples' right to bear arms, as defined in the Second Amendment and the state constitution. It would direct the county sheriff to determine if any such laws were in violation, and presumably to have the power to strike them down.

Sprague River resident Timothy Harris proposed the ordinance in April, inspired by similar ordinances in other counties in the state and was in direct response to Initiative Petition 43, which was a ballot initiative proposal seeking to ban 'assault weapons' and 'high-capacity' magazines throughout Oregon. 

Initiative Petition 43 (or IP 43) was certified in April and a ballot title was issued May 23rd. It was at this point that gun rights groups in the state began a legal battle that delayed IP 43 until the time limit ran out. By the end of June, supporters of IP 43 recognized that they had been beaten and withdrew any further legal actions for 2018. They have stated that they will try again next year or in 2020, but Oregon gun rights groups are eagerly anticipating the fight so that they can defeat IP 43 all over again.