Lower County Residents Look For Challenge on State Gun Control Law

Lower County Residents Look For Challenge on State Gun Control Law

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Thurston County Board of Commissioners declined to put a vote earlier this month on an ordinance that would make Thurston County a “Second Amendment Preservation County.” The ordinance, put forth by a group of local gun advocates, was shelved by the board, which heard public comment by those opponents of Initiative-1639, a measure that makes changes to gun ownership and purchase requirements which was passed during the last midterm election. Joseph Brumbles, one of the half-dozen or so citizens that provided public comment, said the piece of legislation infringes the people’s second amendment rights. “We don’t want our rights to be taken away. If we don’t have a second amendment, we don’t have any rights,” Brumbles said. The Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance, which Brumbles, a Roy resident and former candidate for U.S. House Washington District 10, introduced to the Board of Commissioners, would forbid any “Extraterritorial Acts,” such as taxes, levies, firearms registries and background checks within Thurston County. Brumbles and the group of local advocates have been looking to gain the support of local governing bodies and community. They gave public comment at a recent Yelm City Council meeting. No action was taken. Thurston County Commissioner Gary Edwards said the commission has not yet and doesn’t plan on meeting to discuss the subject in the near future. He said the commission isn’t able to make a decision on the initiative at this time. “It’s not our bailiwick,” Edwards said. “I commend them for getting involved in the public […]

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