Portland, Oregon – A lawsuit will be heard tomorrow challenging Multnomah County’s right to impose county ordinances in cities, without city council approval.
The plaintiffs are represented by attorney Bruce McCain, retired Multnomah County Sheriff’s captain and KXL Legal Expert. He represents five people living in Gresham, Troutdale and Fairview who claim the county can impose its will on unincorporated areas in the county, but not in cities.
The ordinance in question is a gun law approved by the county board of commissioners last year. It makes it illegal to carry a loaded gun in public and says gun owners must take steps to keep their weapons away from minors. McCain says “Multnomah County is going out on a limb here trying to carve out some new territory.” He expects the losing party to appeal and says the court fight could last two to three years.
Tomorrow’s hearing begins at 9:30 a.m.