Republic, WA Cops Will NOT Comply With New Voter Approved Gun Law
The police chief in Republic, Washington said on social media that he won't allow his department to enforce the regulations passed by voters under Initiative 1639, saying the new gun laws violate the 2nd amendment. The reasoning behind the decision is laid out in great detail.
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. The measure was also soundly defeated in Benton and Franklin Counties as well, but passed largely due to King and Snohomish Counties.
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.
It also has confusing language that could potentially re-classify old, family handed down weapons (even a .22 rifle) as an assault weapon.