'I Cannot Enforce This Law': Police Chief Pushes Back on Washington's New Gun Restrictions
One police chief in Washington State wants to make his city a "sanctuary" for gun owners.
Republic Police Department Chief Loren Culp is looking to shield his city from a new state law that imposes more strict limitations on firearms.
Initiative 1639 was recently approved in Washington and prevents individuals under the age of 21 from buying semiautomatic weapons.
The law also creates the potential for someone to be criminally prosecuted if he or she stores a gun where a "prohibited" person gains access to it.
Loren said on Sunday that he "cannot and will not" enforce the law, and that I-1639 almost eliminates the ability for individuals under the age of 21 to exercise their constitutional rights.
"It goes against the oath of my office," he said on Fox & Friends.
Loren wrote on his department's Facebook page, according to The Spokesman-Review, that he is recommending the "Second Amendment Sanctuary City Ordinance," which would "prevent federal and state infringement on the right to keep and bear arms."
He said Sunday that most of the counties across his state denied the I-1639 law, but that high-population areas like Seattle passed it.
"I have tremendous support of my community for doing this," he said.
According to Seattle PI, the National Rifle Association has filed a lawsuit challenging the new law.
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