Inslee, Ferguson at odds with sheriffs over gun-control initiative

Inslee, Ferguson at odds with sheriffs over gun-control initiative

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson are urging gun dealers in Washington to abide by the terms of a gun-control initiative that was passed by voters last November. Inslee and Ferguson, both Democrats, sent a letter earlier this month to 262 gun dealers who operate in counties where sheriffs have indicated they will not enforce Initiative 1639, which passed with 60 percent of the vote . “Despite what some of these sheriffs would have people believe, no one has the ability to pick and choose which laws to follow,” said Inslee, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president. Inslee added: “Our state’s voters overwhelmingly approved stronger background checks and gun safety measures, and dealers will be required to comply with those laws.” The letter noted that, as a condition of their federal licenses, gun dealers are required to comply with state and federal law. Unless a court rules otherwise, laws and initiatives are presumed to be constitutional. Recaptcha requires verification. protected by reCAPTCHA Privacy – Terms Privacy – Terms SIGN UP Sign Up and Save Get six months of free digital access to the Tri-City Herald SUBSCRIBE WITH GOOGLE #ReadLocal No court has struck down any provision of the initiative. The letter warns dealers of the possibility of license revocation or state or federal criminal charges if they break the law. Local sheriffs oppose initiative Franklin County was one of the first to formally oppose the new regulations after the beginning of the year, […]

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