Eastern Washington Police Chief Proposes Sanctuary City Status to Uphold U.S. Constitution

Elder Patriot – Republic, Washington police chief Loren Culp told KXLY during a phone interview; “We took an oath to uphold and defend the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State of Washington, and [I-1639] completely flies in the face of both the U.S. and state constitution.”

Initiative 1639:

  • Creates a new definition of a “semi-automatic assault rifle” (“SAR”). Section 16 of the Initiative defines a “SAR” as “any rifle which utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing cartridge to extract the fired cartridge case and chamber the next round, and which requires a separate pull of the trigger to fire each cartridge,” but excludes any firearm that is “manually operated by bolt, pump, lever, or slide action.” This definition means ordinary hunting guns, competitive shooting rifles and target shooting guns would all become “assault rifles.”
  • Bans pistol sales to anyone under 21 years of age.
  • Creates a statewide tax (a fee of $25, for now) and imposes a training requirement for any purchaser or transferee of a “semi-automatic assault rifle” (SAR).
  • Introduces “safe storage” requirements that impedes gun use for self-defense, and punishes gun owners for the acts of criminals.  It also imposes criminal liability even if the firearm was stolen as a result of an unlawful entry, unless the theft is reported to law enforcement within five days.
  • Mandatory training.  The Initiative requires that, as part of a legally compliant transaction, a purchaser or transferee of a “assault rifle” must show the dealer a “certification” or proof of training within the previous five years.
  • Creates a gun registry and a path to gun confiscation by law enforcement agencies and Washington’s Department of Licensing.

Initiative 1639 passed garnering statewide approval with nearly 60 percent of the vote. However, in Ferry County, where Republic is located, 73 percent of voters voted against the initiative.

Chief Culp says he will not enforce the new law and used Facebook to let his constituents know his intentions:

In fact, KING 5 News in Seattle reported that:

“Republic Police Chief Loren Culp is proposing that his jurisdiction become a “2nd Amendment Sanctuary City” on the police department’s Facebook page.

Liberals may view the idea of a Second Amendment Sanctuary City as extreme or in violation of a higher governing authority, but is it?  

Cities and states are declaring themselves sanctuaries for alien lawbreakers in violation of federal law.  The difference here is, if Chief Culp’s recommendation passes, the City of Republic would be declaring its intention to enforce federal laws.

The Framers ranked the right to bear arms without infringement behind only our guarantees of free speech.  In fact, without the Second Amendment there exists no guaranteed “protection” from the First Amendment.

So let’s play a little game.  What if laws similar to those voters approved in I-1639 were passed in a conservative state regarding voting rights?

Considering that bad legislation impacts far more lives negatively than guns do, what if the voting age was raised back to 21 to guarantee a more responsible and informed electorate?  

What if, to achieve that more informed electorate, a demand was made on colleges and universities to adjust their curricula to include conservative teachings of history and political science?

How about requiring voters to sit through classes where they are taught about the consequences of past votes and current issues are discussed?

And, what would be the reaction if a fee were to be implemented on voters to help defray the cost of administering the vote and the inevitable recounts increasingly demanded by Democrats?

Hats off to Chief Culp for raising some important questions.