Local law enforcement officers in areas of Washington are calling a new law making changes to semi-automatic rifle and other firearm regulations in the state unconstitutional.
Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer says he will not enforce the new initiative that places stiff requirements on the sale and ownership of semi-automatic rifles. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and City of Republic Police Chief Loren Culp announced shortly after the November election that they wouldn’t enforce the new law.
KOHO’s Dan Langager sat down with Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett for his perspective on the issue.
Initiative 1639 — approved by voters in November — raises the age to purchase a semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21, calls for enhanced background checks, and requires buyers to complete a firearm safety course. The initiative also holds gun owners accountable if someone uses their firearm to harm themselves or others.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Second Amendment Foundation, based in Bellevue, have filed a joint lawsuit challenging the initiative.