The police chief in Republic, Washington says that he will refuse to enforce new state gun control laws. According to KXLY-TV, the Chief says his department will not be enforcing the new Initiative 1639, arguing that the new gun control legislation violates the Second Amendment.
Initiative 1639 was on the ballot this November, it raised the age to buy semiautomatic assault rifles to 21, requires training and stricter background checks, implements a 10 day waiting period and a purchase fee. It also makes storing a weapon where a prohibited person can gain access to it and commit a crime with it, a Class C felony.
The Initiative 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.
Police Chief Loren Culp used the police department’s Facebook page to announce his position. “I’ve talked with quite a few concerned citizens today so let me clear something up,” he wrote. “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,” adding, “As long as I am Chief of Police, no Republic Police Officer will infringe on a citizen’s right to keep and Bear Arms, PERIOD!”