County sheriffs vow to not enforce Oregon gun law

One sheriff said the law won't "really even much of a consideration" for his agency.

Published: November 17, 2022 8:47am

Updated: November 17, 2022 10:21am

County sheriffs in Oregon say they won't enforcea new state law that limits giun magazine capacity to 10 rounds, requires police to maintain a searchable electronic database of firearm permits and requires the collection of fingerprints before a permit can be issued. 

Oregon voters approved the gun restrictions during last week's election by 50.7% to 49.3%, according to The Associated Press.

However, five county sheriffs said they will not enforce all or parts of the measure, with unified opposition to the magazine capacity limits, Fox News reported Tuesday. They argue that the provision would drain law enforcement resources and infringe on the Second Amendment.

"The problem that we have is not… magazine capacity. It's not background checks. It’s a problem with mental health awareness," Union County Sheriff Cody Bowen said.

Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe, whose county voted against the measure nearly 6 to 1, said the law is "not going to be a priority, or really even much of a consideration" for his agency.

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