Many new state referendums passed during the 2018 mid-term election. This one however stands out from the rest, and its slipped by with very little news coverage.
And it shows exactly what is wrong with a so called democracy.
But get this, one police chief is taking a stand, from the small town of Republic, Wa.
So what is this new law?
Let’s take a look….
Washington State citizen’s voted to outlaw semi-auto purchase and possession for people of the ages 18-21. This bill passed with a 60% majority, but as usual, things aren’t as they first seem.
The Initiative 1639, not only restricted semi-auto purchases for people under 21, it also made the process of purchasing semi-automatic firearms more difficult for all ages as well.
Now all purchasers of firearms will have to:
Some of those points in the bill with exception of age, already apply to handgun purchases in many states across America. In Washington however they have expanded the language of the law to include ALL semi-automatic firearm, and added a number of other stipulations; secure gun storage, safe handling and quite a few other points.
The full language of the bill can be found here.
The bill’s top funder was Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, he donated $1.25 Million to push the law through.
The disparity between the two expenditures likley contributed greatly to the bills passing. In fact, Paul’s single donation was more than all funding by the opposition.
Supporting Expenditures — $5,263,345.29
Opposition Expenditures — $808,019.22
Fortunately, some officers still take a stand for the Constitution. In particular, one officer, Republic Police Chief Loren Culp, refuses to enforce the unconstitutional law.
In Particular, he is upholding the law of the Washington State Constitution. Unlike the, often described as “complicated”, 2nd amendment of the US Constitution, Washington State’s Constitution is much more clear on individual gun rights:
The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.
Republic Police Chief Culp, took to Facebook to speak his mind. Stating:
As long as I am Chief of Police, no Republic Police Officer will infringe on a citizens right to keep and Bear Arms, PERIOD!”
-Republic Police Chief Culp
He continued on:
Well, what more can I say. We have a tragic infringement on the rights of the people, fortunately not all is lost, and we see that there are certainly still officers that are here to protect and serve the people.
The NRA is also suing Washington state on the issue.
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