As of Wednesday, February 18, 2015
DALLAS — Polk County has joined more than a dozen Oregon counties in approving a resolution supporting the Second Amendment and opposing restrictions on gun rights.
In a unanimous vote Feb. 11, the Polk County Board of Commissioners passed the resolution, which was brought to the board by Dallas resident and American Outdoors owner Micky Garus.
“I don’t think there is anything more important than protecting our Constitution and Constitutional rights,” Garus said following the Feb. 11 vote.
Garus said the resolution is in response to bills expected to come up for votes in the Oregon Legislature this session that would restrict gun rights.
“This will send a strong message to Salem and could possibly prevent any further legislation,” Garus said during his presentation to the commissioners the day before they voted.
He said 12 counties have approved the resolution and three more would be addressing it in the near future.
“Polk County supports the right of the people to lawfully bear arms as stated in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and the Oregon Constitution and opposes any state or federal law that unconstitutionally restricts a citizen’s right to bear arms,” the last line of the resolution read.
Board Chairman Mike Ainsworth said he voted for the resolution because, even though he’s never owned or fired a gun, he supports the Second Amendment.
“I know people abuse the right, but that’s 1 percent (of gun owners) — 99 percent are good, law-abiding people,” he said.
Garus said he’s expecting more Oregon counties to approve the resolution.
“It’s getting a lot of momentum,” Garus said. “It’s something that is going to sweep the nation. It was a definite victory for the Constitution and the county.”