The police chief of Republic, Washington has said that his department will refuse to enforce the State’s Initiative 1639, citing violation of the second amendment.
Chief Loren Culp stated the following on the Department’s Facebook page:
“The second amendment says the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. As long as I am Chief of Police, no Republic Police Officer will infringe on citizens right to keep and Bear Arms [sic], PERIOD!”
In a phone interview with KXLY, Culp elaborated that he and his officers “took an oath to uphold and defend the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State of Washington,” and went on to express that the measure “completely flies in the face of both the U.S. and state constitution.”
I-1639 may have passed with around 60 percent of the vote for the state overall; however, 73 percent of Ferry county (where Republic is located) voted against it.
These new regulations passed by the state of Washington are some of the strictest in the entire nation.
There is a safe storage provision which leads to potential criminal charges if someone who is not authorized by the state to possess a gun even displays it, the age limit is raised on certain purchases, and there is an enhanced background check and extended waiting period for people wanting to buy any semi-automatic rifle.
According to the city clerk, the ordinance will be presented to the council on Monday. Either way, Culp has emphasized his refusal to participate in enforcement of unconstitutional gun control measures.