It is the mission of Malheur County to administrate an economically sound local government, while maintaining the highest standards of leadership and service.
Malheur County is located in beautiful Eastern Oregon. It is a place filled with fascinating history, diverse landscape and friendly people. Malheur County is one of Oregon’s best-kept secrets! Located in Oregon’s southeast corner, the county is the state’s second largest. It is 94 percent rangeland, two-thirds of which is controlled by the Federal Bureau of Land Management. Today, irrigated fields in the county’s northeastern corner,
IN THE COUNTY COURT OF THE STATE OF OREGON
FOR THE COUNTY OF MALHEUR
IN THE MATTER OF SUPPORTING )
SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS ) Resolution No. R15-23
WHEREAS, the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America states: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed;” and
WHEREAS, Article 1, Section 27 of the Oregon Constitution states: “The people shall have the right to bear arms for the defense [sic] of themselves, and the State, but the Military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power;” and
WHEREAS, the County Court of Malheur County feel that public recognition of the Constitutions of the United States of America and Oregon are the documents that protect and preserve our democracy and liberty; and
WHEREAS, the County Court of Malheur County also recognizes that the first and last protectors of the Constitutions of the United States of America and Oregon are the people of the United States and Oregon, and that the ability of the people to fulfill that role rests in large part on the people’s right to bear arms as stated in the Constitutions of the United States of America and Oregon; and
WHEREAS, the significant majority of all lawfully owned firearms in the United States will not be used in a crime in any given year; and
WHEREAS, state and federal lawmakers continue to propose measures aimed at restricting all firearms and ammunition including, bans, taxation, extensive waiting periods, registration, licensing and even confiscation; and
WHEREAS, the Oregon Legislature has passed Senate Bill 941 requiring background checks for many firearms transactions and created criminal penalties for violations of the law; and
WHEREAS, Senate Bill 941 contains an unfunded mandate for Malheur Count government in the form of investigations, enforcement, prosecution and incarceration; and
NOW, THEREFORE, the Malheur County Court hereby Orders and Resolves as follows:
- Malheur County strongly affirms our commitment to the rights and liberties enshrined within the Constitutions of the United States of America and Oregon, including but not limited to the right to keep and bear arms; and
- Malheur County opposes any state or federal law that abridges or is contrary to the provisions of the Constitutions of the United States of America and the State of Oregon preserving the people’s right to keep and bear arms; and
- Malheur County strongly supports the right of the people to keep and bear arms as stated in the Constitutions of the United States of America, and Oregon as interpreted by the United States Supreme Court and Oregon Supreme Court, and vigorously opposes any state or federal law that unfairly and unconstitutionally restricts these rights; and
- Malheur County is unable to expend any county resources for the implementation and enforcement of Senate Bill 941. Senate Bill 941 is an unfunded mandate.
Adopted by the Malheur County Court this 22nd day of July, 2015.
THE COUNTY NOW HAS A DRIVE-UP PAYMENT DROP BOX, ENTRANCE IS OFF OF “C” STREET WEST. PLEASE DO NOT PUT CASH IN DROP BOX.
The Malheur County drive-up drop box is available for:
DO NOT PLACE PAYMENTS TO ANY OTHER DEPARTMENT IN THIS BOX
DO NOT PLACE VOTING BALLOTS IN THIS BOX (the Official Ballot Box is in the front of the courthouse)
If you are placing payment or paperwork in the drop box, please indicate with an account number or the department it is pertaining to.
The drop box is located behind the Courthouse on the corner of C Street and Bryant Street, entrance is off of C street.
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Oregon Health Authority COVID-19: healthoregon.org/coronavirus
Malheur County Health Department: malheurhealth.org/press
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov
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