Police Chief Loren Culp of Republic, Washington is saying he will refuse to enforce the onerous measure passed on election night by the state at large. On an interview with Fox News, Culp explains how the law is offensive and contrary to his oath of office and in violation of the Washington State and National Constitutions.
His jurisdiction has a differing view than the liberal haven of Seattle and both Chief Culp’s small police force and the town council are looking at adopting a measure to make the small town, Republic, a haven for the gun owning folk of Washington State.
The proposal certainly doesn’t mince its purpose. First, it says that “all federal and State acts, laws, orders, rules or regulations regarding firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition are a violation of the 2nd Amendment.”
Neither does Police Chief Loren Culp who stated: “I’m just standing up for people’s rights,” he says. “I had people asking if the Police Department was going to start arresting teenagers, 18, 19, 20-year-olds, carrying and using a semi-automatic 22 rifle. I told them, ‘I’m not going to infringe on someone’s constitutional rights.”
“As long as I am Chief of Police, no Republic Police Officer will infringe on a citizen's right to keep and Bear Arms, PERIOD!”
Some from the state have lashed out at the small individual rights minded community calling them insane, evil, etc. At the same time, Washington State has 18 sanctuary cities or counties that ignore federal law authorizing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Do you see the hypocrisy with these elected officials? It is ok to protect illegal people who broke the law by entering the country illegally. But it is not ok for legal and law abiding 18 to 20 year old people to own and use guns.
For myself, I congratulate Chief Loren Culp for his common sense stance on this issue.