Adams County Sheriff says he won’t enforce I-1639

Adams County Sheriff says he won’t enforce I-1639

Adams County Sheriff Dale Wagner is the latest to announce his agency will not enforce Washington’s newly passed gun legislation.

Sheriff Wagner announced Wednesday that he believes Initiative 1639 violates the Second Amendment of the Constitution. He said the Adams County Sheriff’s Department will not enforce the initiative “as it is currently written.”

The initiative raises the purchasing age for semi-automatic “assault” rifles from 18 to 21, adds background checks and increased waiting periods for purchasing firearms and includes safe storage requirements.

Part of the law says gun owners may be liable if an “insecurely stored” firearm is stolen and used in a violent crime.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Department joins several other agencies that have announced they won’t be enforcing I-1639. Those include the Franklin County, Benton County and Klickitat County sheriff’s offices and the Republic Police Department.

“Those who live and reside in Adams County have made this very clear in how we voted this last election with an overwhelming percentage against I-1639,” Sheriff Wagner wrote. “I support and agree with other Sheriff’s from across this state that have taken similar action.”

The age restrictions of the legislation went into effect on January 1. The remaining provisions will go into effect on July 1.

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