Gun rights activists in Umatilla County submitted almost 1,700 signatures so far to place the Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance on the November ballot.

The initiative would restrict Umatilla County from using any resources to enforce state or federal laws infringing “on the right of the People to keep and bear arms.” The initiative designates the county sheriff as the authority to decide which of those laws would cross the infringement line.

Umatilla County elections director Kim Lindell said petitioners Jesse Bonifer of Athena and Kevin Pettey of Hermiston delivered 1,695 signatures this week. The elections divisions needs a few days to verify those, Lindell said, and the petition needs 1,131 to land the proposal on the ballot.

The deadline for submitting signatures is Aug. 8 at 5 p.m. Lindell said Bonifer and Pettey plan to continuing gathering signatures until then. The election is Nov. 6.

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