This police chief in rural Washington has decided to stand up for gun owners, ordering his police officers not to enforce state laws seizing guns from law abiding citizens. The Free Beacon reports:
The police chief for the Washington town of Republic promised residents that his force would respect their right to bear arms, no matter the state’s restrictive gun laws.
In a Facebook post last week, Chief Loren Culp argued the U.S. Constitution ensured the private right of individuals to their firearms. “As long as I am Chief of Police,” Culp wrote, “no Republic Police Officer will infringe on a citizens right to keep and Bear Arms, PERIOD!”
The post had been shared over two thousand times by Friday morning. Republic is a town of just over a thousand residents.
Culp’s post followed a statewide vote on Washington State Initiative No. 1639 (I-1639). The Seattle Times described the initiative as making “Washington’s firearms laws among the strictest in the country.” The initiative passed with 60 recent of voters in support.
Liberals are furious, but the reality is that if local police refuses to enforce a law, then Washington state would have to send state troopers to enforce it.