Sheriffs in New Mexico, Washington, stand up to oppose gun control (VIDEOS)
By Chris Eger
Top law enforcement and county leaders across two states are making themselves heard when it comes to gun control efforts they argue are unconstitutional.
In Washington, sheriffs in as many as 20 of the state’s 39 counties are loudly opposed to a sweeping new law that was approved by voters in a statewide referendum last year. The move, I-1639, was popular in the state’s Democrat-heavy urban centers across the Seattle-Tacoma area, which was enough for it to pass into law with 59 percent of the vote. The supporters of the initiative were gun control groups and a handful of billionaire tech donors who filled the campaign’s $5 million war chest.
The law raised the minimum age to buy a gun to 21 and makes it harder to purchase an AR-15 or similar firearm by mandating an enhanced background check, proof of training, a $25 fee, and a 10-day wait before picking up the gun from a dealer. There is no exception to those who already have a concealed carry permit or have legally purchased a rifle before. It also has a gun lock requirement.
Republic Police Chief Loren Culp first proposed a “Second Amendment Sanctuary City Ordinance” making I-1639 null and void in