REPUBLIC, Wash. – A local police chief in Washington state says he won’t enforce newly passed gun regulations that he claims “infringe” on the Second Amendment.
Washington now has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation after new regulations were passed by nearly 60 percent of the state this month, KXLY reported.
Under initiative 1639, the age to purchase certain guns has gone up, enhanced background checks are now required to buy a semi-automatic rifle and criminal charges can be brought against any gun owner who violates the safe storage provision.
With all of this going on, one local law enforcement official says he won’t be the one enforcing these laws.
In the small town of Republic, 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 new statute.
“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!”
Culp told KXLY that he feels the ordinance “completely flies in the face of both the U.S. and State constitution.”
“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.”
– Chief Loren Culp
In another Facebook post, the department proposed its own legislation that would stop the state and the federal government from “infringement of the right to keep and bear arms.”
The Republic city clerk told KXLY that the ordinance would be presented to council members next week but Culp says he doesn’t need approval to carry out his new policy.
Culp’s position is drawing nationwide coverage.
Republic is a city in Ferry County, Washington. The population was 1,073 at the 2010 census, a 12.5% increase over the 2000 Census. It is the county seat of Ferry County.
Gold prospectors founded Republic in the late 19th century.
Interestingly enough, the state voted for tougher standards regarding gun ownership, while state lawmakers have provided a major loophole in other crimes as recently discovered by a judge in criminal court.
A Washington man was sentenced Thursday to less than three years in prison after he raped a dying teen. The female high school student was dying from a drug overdose—reportedly from narcotics supplied by the rapist. Moreover, the suspect further humiliated the victim and her family as he texted explicit photos of the young woman to his friends.
Brian Varela, 20, of Lynnwood, Washington, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, third-degree rape and unlawful disposal of remains as part of a plea deal in the February death of 18-year-old Alyssa Noceda, LET reported.
Superior Court Judge Linda Krese is incensed. She said Thursday she could not sentence Varela to more than two years and 10 months because it was the most prison time permitted for someone with no prior criminal record.
Krese said she was “surprised, even outraged,” by the inadequacy of the sentence and suggested that state lawmakers may not have realized the impact of their decision when they set prison sentences for the charges.
“I’m not sure the Legislature really contemplated something like this,” Krese said.