Benton Co. commissioners unanimously oppose gun initiative, support sheriff

Benton Co. commissioners unanimously oppose gun initiative, support sheriff

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In this Oct. 2, 2018, semi-automatic rifles fill a wall at a gun shop in Lynnwood, Wash. Starting Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, no one under the age of 21 in Washington state will be allowed to purchase a "semi-automatic assault rifle," under a voter-approved initiative that passed in November. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) BENTON COUNTY, Wash. – During a packed meeting, Benton County commissioners unanimously passed a resolution to oppose the state’s new gun safety initiative I-1639. The vote came Tuesday morning after Commissioner Shon Small presented the anti-initiative resolution. The resolution does recognize that I-1639 was approved by voters of Washington state, but commissioners say they opposed the initiative because it would limit the acquisition, ownership and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens. Commissioners say they recognize the "right of the citizens of Benton County to self-defense with the legal and constitutional right to lawfully purchase, own and possess firearms as permitted under the federal and state constitutions." Commissioners say the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Section 24 of the Washington state constitution prohibit the infringement or impairment of the citizens’ rights to bear arms. Franklin County commissioners also voted unanimously on a similar resolution in January. The statewide gun safety initiative approved by voters in November raised the minimum age for buying semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21, required buyers to first pass a firearms safety course and added expanded background checks and gun storage requirements, among other things. It was among the most comprehensive of […]

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