The number of Sheriff's across Washington state (especially East Side and rural counties) that are opposing I-1639 is growing. Now, Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher has joined them.

At the core of this argument is whether I-1639 violates the 2nd Amendment.  It's a lengthy and confusing initiative, which passed only because of support in King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties.

The measure bans sale of 'assault' weapons or firearms to those who are 18-21 years of age, and later this summer, will put into place confusing rules about 'proper storage' of  firearms, lengthen backround check times, and require citizens to even more scrutiny when they purchase a weapon.

Franklin County Sheriff Jim Raymond last November questioned the legality of the Initiative, and their Commissioners have supported a resolution backing their Sheriff who will not enforce it.

Now Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher has released this statement:

Sheriff statement on 1639 (benton county sheriff)