Some sher­iffs won’t en­force new gun laws

The Buffalo News - - NATIONAL NEWS -

SEAT­TLE – In Novem­ber, Washington State vot­ers passed new gun reg­u­la­tions with nearly 60 per­cent of the vote.

But it turns out that the vot­ers might not have had the last word.

In at least 13 mostly ru­ral coun­ties across the state. county sher­iffs have pub­licly pledged not to en­force the new law, known as Ini­tia­tive 1639, cit­ing their per­sonal op­po­si­tion to it.

“My job as a sher­iff is to throw bad guys in jail, but it’s also to pro­tect the con­sti­tu­tional rights of cit­i­zens of our county,” said Klick­i­tat County Sher­iff Bob Songer. “I fol­low the rule of law when I be­lieve it’s con­sti­tu­tional.”

Sher­iffs in Grays Har­bor, Pa­cific, Ma­son, Kit­ti­tas, Yakima, Klick­i­tat, Grant, Ben­ton, Franklin, Adams, Lin­coln, Ferry and Stevens coun­ties – where ma­jori­ties of vot­ers op­posed 1639 – have all said they will not en­force the new law.

– Seat­tle Times

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