The group Everytown for Gun Safety is pushing for the measure to be overturned. Managing director Eric Tirschwell said it would be the nation’s first court test of a Second Amendment sanctuary law.Everytown argues that the ordinance violates the U.S. Constitution, which says federal law supersedes state law, as well as the state Constitution and an Oregon law that gives the state power to regulate firearms.The decision won’t have a direct effect outside Oregon but could send a message.“This case is important and should send the message that where state or local jurisdictions attempt to unconstitutionally or unlawfully nullify gun safety laws, we are prepared to and will go to court,” Tirschwell said.
The lawsuit was filed by the group Everytown for Gun Safety and representatives from more than two dozen local governments following the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where 17 people were killed.
“This ruling is particularly significant because it is the first time any court has found that the gun lobby’s preferred extreme form of firearms presumption is unconstitutional,” said Eric Tirschwell, managing director of Everytown Law, the litigation arm of Everytown for Gun Safety. “The decision is welcome news for cities trying to respond with action, even if their ability to act continues to be limited by gun lobby-backed presumption laws.”