AG Ferguson responds to questions about gun control initiative

AG Ferguson responds to questions about gun control initiative

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Attorney General Bob Ferguson released a “Frequently Asked Questions” document on Initiative 1639 Monday, March 4, sending letters to all 39 sheriffs across the state. In his letter, Ferguson highlights examples of misunderstandings from news reports. The FAQ document addresses points he says caused confusion. Washington residents approved the initiative by a vote of nearly 60 percent last November. I-1639 aims to increase public safety by reducing gun violence and accidents. The law creates an enhanced background check system, requires individuals to complete a firearm safety training course, raises the age of possession to 21 years old and establishes standards for safe storage of guns. It also redefines a semi-automatic rifle as an “assault rifle” under state law. The attorney general sent a letter Feb. 12 to more than half of the state’s top county law enforcement officials who said they would refuse to fully enforce the gun-control measure. Approximately 23 of the 39 sheriffs have refused to enforce the new law. The FAQ list identified and answered 16 questions pertaining to the measure. The document responded to common questions about compliance, constitutionality and the role of law enforcement officials with the new provisions. According to Ferguson’s answers, residents and sheriffs still need to comply with the requirements of I-1639 regardless of any lawsuits. The law is presumed constitutional unless a court rules otherwise, the FAQ states. Police chiefs or sheriffs could be held liable for refusing to perform the enhanced background check. 300×125 image ad The FAQ states […]

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