Some sheriffs won’t enforce new gun laws
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