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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS, LINCOLN COUNTY
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WHERE DOES THE LEAGUE STAND ON PUBLIC ISSUES?

Non Partisan means that the League of Women Voters never supports or opposes any political party or candidate.
The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause only when there is a League position that supports the issue or speaks to the issue.



Ballot Measure
VOTE NO on Lincoln County Measure 21-189.

A “Second Amendment Preservation” ordinance is on November’s ballot in Lincoln County.  Because the League has positions supporting gun safety, and because we believe this ballot measure title and wording could confuse voters, your local League’s board voted to provide a statement in opposition to this measure for the voters’ pamphlet.  This statement reads as follows:

Vote NO on Measure 21-189.  A NO vote helps protect us by continued enforcement of our federal and state gun laws.  A NO vote will prevent the county sheriff from violating the Oregon Constitution.

Measure 21-189 would violate Oregon and US Constitutions by giving the sheriff the ability to interpret firearms laws. The state legislature enacts laws after careful review and input.  Those laws are further reviewed by the courts to be certain no law violates our rights as guaranteed by the second amendment. The role of the sheriff is to enforce laws. This measure would violate the US Constitution (Article VI, paragraph 2) by giving the Sheriff the authority to interpret the 2nd, 9th, and 10th amendments.

Measure 21-189 is a clear breach of the State preemption statute (ORS 166.170).  The statute asserts that the authority to regulate firearms laws, including ammunition, is vested solely in the State Legislative Assembly.  Yet, this measure is clearly attempting to undo this statute.

Will the sheriff allow felons to buy guns?  Will he decide our Oregon background check system is unnecessary?  Will he decide our Extreme Risk Protection Orders are unconstitutional?  Will it all change when a new sheriff is serving Lincoln county? We do not know if municipal police departments will follow suit and fail to enforce firearms laws.  Uncertainty puts us at risk.

We should enforce state laws in Lincoln County.  Maintain our checks and balances. Vote NO on Measure 21-189.






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POSITIONS of    LWV OREGON and LWV US.

Based on our positions, we take action in the public interest, advocating for or against particular policies, legislation, or ballot measures. Without a position on a particular issue, however, we cannot act or advocate. League members review positions annually and vote to re-adopt, modify, or drop the position.

Legislative Update

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