Coos County in Oregon decided that they don’t want the state government telling them that they have to get background-checked for every gun purchase or transfer, whether private or not. The county voted to pass the ordinance just weeks after a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College not far from Coos County.
Liberals are of course saying this ordinance is against the law. An expert in Constitutional law Charlie Hinkle compared this to Kim Davis’ defiance of the Supreme Court opinion. Think Progress reported:
“That’s why Kim Davis went to jail,” he reportedly said, referring to the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed after refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, despite the fact that the Supreme Court said that same-sex marriage is a fundamental civil right across the country. Hinkle said Coos County’s sheriff may face similar court hearings and possibly jail time if he refuses to comply with the laws in his state.
He very well may face criminal charges and jail time. I think the question should be whether or not a state can enforce an unconstitutional law. The 2nd Amendment is clear that the right of the people to bear arms shall not be infringed. That is a prohibition on the government placing any restrictions on gun rights. Any state that does is violating the Constitution. So, any county that decides not to enforce such a law is only being consistent with the Constitution.
Since Hinkle brought up Kim Davis, consider if the Supreme Court had decided that marriage is only between a man and a woman. Two women or two men could never get married to each other. Let’s say that was the “law of the land.”
You know that there would be many defiant county clerks who would issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples anyway. The media would champion them like heroes. Liberals claim that the issue of gay marriage is a Constitutional one. Denying homosexual couples marriage licenses is the same as racial discrimination. It’s a violation of civil rights. Wouldn’t these same liberals defend these hypothetical county clerks on the basis that they’re the ones upholding the Constitution?