Friday, June 6, 2008

Sheriff Stands up for Gun Owners!

The anti-Second Amendment crowd’s latest intimidation tactic has been to acquire and publish the list of concealed carry permit holders and publish them in local papers which are also not-coincidentally equally anti-Second Amendment. These papers have met with various levels of support from the local law enforcement community. However, the extremely anti-gun Medford Mail Tribune, has met with unprecedented opposition from the Jackson County, Oregon Sheriff’s deparment.

According to a press release from the Oregon Firearms Federation:

“The Medford Mail Tribune, which has repeatedly editorialized against gun owners' rights, had sought to gain access to all personal information on every license holder in Jackson County. They began seeking this information after learning that teacher Shirley Katz had a CHL and was fighting a school district policy that claimed she gave up her right to self defense when she became a public school employee.

“When the Medford Mail Tribune demanded the private information on license holders (supposedly to find out how many other Jackson County teachers had chl's) Sheriff Winters refused to turn that information over. The Tribune sued, and the same Judge who declared that Katz had no self defense rights ruled that the anti-gun newspaper could have access to gun owners’ personal information.”

Not only is the Katz decision under appeal, but Sheriff Mike Winter’s has appealed the decision of the Court seeking to continue to protect the identities and personal information of gun owners in Jackson County. I strongly support and applaud Sheriff Winter’s efforts to stand up for not only our Federal Constitutional rights, but the rights of Oregonians under our State Constitution:

Section 27. Right to bear arms; military subordinate to civil power. The people shall have the right to bear arms for the defence [sic] of themselves, and the State, but the Military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power[.]”

It’s a sad day in Oregon when our own state Courts ignore the Constitution in order to press an agenda that results in a disarmed and cowed populace. Hopefully these ridiculous and erroneous decisions made by the lower Court will be corrected. Otherwise, Oregon could soon find itself in the same boat as California, Massachusetts, and Illinois where the inalienable right of self-defense is legislated away.

Until next time!!!

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