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County asked to support ordinance
ENTERPRISE — In response to several shootings in the last year around the country, a group of Wallowa County citizens want a county ordinance to bolster Second Amendment rights.
“President Obama wants to control firearms and the United Nations is working on a small arms treaty,” said Chad Nash, one of the ordinance organizers. “People are getting a little bit nervous about the direction our country is taking.”
Nash said the Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance proposed to the Wallowa County Commissioners at Monday’s meeting is based on language derived from other states around the country.
“Because of the shootings there is a big push that we have to do something about guns. Most people’s points of view is we have to have a conversation about why these things are happening,” Nash said. “Why don’t we have armed teachers, resource officers and trained staff that teach simple concealed-carry training?”
Nash said the idea is that a movement at the local grassroots level throughout the state can make change.
“If you have a majority of ordinances in place, it will make it a slam dunk for state legislators to pass the Second Amendment Preservation Act,” he said.
Nash said there is a loose organization across the state, including one in La Grande headed by Leo Castillo, who helped get a resolution passed in Union County to support the Second
The ordinance started as a one-page document but is now six pages describing, “Why do we think we have standing or reason to believe the way that we do,” Nash said.