At least 12 sheriffs in the state have said they will not enforce a controversial gun-control measure passed by voters last November. This week the sheriffs of Clark and Mason County made that announcement, with the list now including Adams, Benton, Franklin, Grant, Grays Harbor, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lewis, Stevens, Wahkiakum and Yakima counties.
Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett and Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris stopped by KOHO to talk about their perspective on the issue and what they see as the role of law enforcement in this case when it’s in the hands of the courts to interpret the new law.
I-1639 was passed last year by Washington voters with 59 percent of the vote. The measure requires safe storage for firearms and strengthens the background check required to purchase a firearm. It also broadly redefines many guns as “semi-automatic” rifles, while increasing the age limit to purchase a semi-automatic from 18 to 21.
KOHO’s Dan Langager also talked with Sheriff Burnett last week on the KOHO Morning Show about 1639 and you can check out that interview by clicking here.