A police chief in Washington state says he will not enforce the state’s strict new anti-gun laws because he feels they are un-Constitutional.
As of this recent election, the state now has the harshest anti-gun laws in the nation, Fox News reported, but Police Chief Loren Culp, of Republic, Washington, says he will not enforce them.
Per Fox News:
Republic Police Chief Loren Culp took to Facebook to tell the citizens of his city, who voted overwhelmingly against the initiative, that he has no plans to implement the rules.
“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,” Culp wrote.
“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 added that he thinks the new law “completely flies in the face of both the U.S. and State constitution.”
Indeed, the city itself is also taking action by proposing its own reply to the state’s new laws calling them an “infringement of the right to keep and bear arms.”
The Republic city clerk said the ordinance would be presented to council members next week. Culp, though. says he doesn’t need approval to carry out his own new policy.
According to TV station KXLY, the new laws are strict and complex:
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.
Culp said the law infringes on his oath of office: “We took an oath to uphold and defend the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State of Washington, and [I-1639] completely flies in the face of both the U.S. and state constitution.”
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