Washington Police Chief Forbid Officers to Enforce New Gun Laws
A Washington Police Chief has told his officers not to enforce the new set of gun laws passed under I 1639 in the midterm elections. Republic, Washington is a small town of about 1,067 people in the Northeast corner of the state near the Canadian border. Their police Chief, Loren Culp, isn’t just about to enforce rigid gun laws in an area that has plenteous gun owners who don’t want the government interfering in their lives.
“I’ve talked with quite a few concerned citizens today so let me clear something up.
I’ve taken 3 public oaths, one in the US Army and Two as a police officer. All of them included upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States of America.
The second amendment says the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
As long as I am Chief of Police, no Republic Police Officer will infringe on a citizens right to keep and Bear Arms, PERIOD!” – Chief Culp’s Facebook Post.
He has also suggested a city ordinance establishing Republic as a Second Amendment sanctuary city.
KXLY (Spokane) reported,
Initiative 1639 passed with a statewide approval of nearly 60 percent of the vote. In Ferry County, where Republic is located, 73 percent of voters said no to the measure, which was 2,542 votes against.
Initiative 1639 makes Washington’s gun laws some of the most strict in the nation. It raises the age limit for some gun purchases; it has a safe storage provision that can lead to criminal charges if gun owners allow someone not authorized to access a gun displays it or uses it to commit a crime; and puts an enhanced background check and waiting period in place for people who want to buy a semi-automatic rifle.
The law actually defines ALL semiautomatic weapons as assault weapons, including .22 caliber target and hunting rifles. Which means that according to the new law, no one under the age of 21 can purchase a gun for hunting or target shooting. So much for family times together. The waiting period is 10 days to purchase one for those 21 and over.
Keep in mind that the largest population centers in Washington are in the Western part of the state. Not counting that they are primarily liberals, they tend to drive the elections, leaving the smaller areas without the ability to fight it. (This is why we have the Electoral College, by the way).
So, thank you, Chief Culp.
Featured photo: Chief Loren Culp and K9 Karma screenshot via KXLY