Most sheriffs in Washington pledge to protect 2nd Amendment

By Pete O’Cain / The Wenatchee World OLYMPIA — Almost all of the state’s county sheriffs have signed a statement reaffirming their oaths to the U.S. and state constitutions, in particular the right to bear arms. The statement was signed by 37 of the state’s 39 county sheriffs during a June 15 Washington State Sheriff’s Association meeting and released to the public Monday. Only King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht did not sign. Kitsap County doesn’t have an elected sheriff following the recent retirement of Sheriff Gary Simpson. The sheriffs pledged “to do everything within our power to steadfastly protect the Second Amendment and all other individual rights guaranteed by the Constitution,” the statement said. Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris noted that in the past year and a half residents have voiced to him concerns of government overreach, asking if his office will force COVID-19 vaccines or take away guns. “So that was, in my position, my way of saying I’m not changing business, I know what I chose to do this job for,” Morris said Tuesday. “I took an oath. I will continue to do that regardless of the feelings you may be getting as a concerned citizen of governmental overstep whatnot — I am not changing the direction in Douglas County, in my office, as it pertains to that.” Similarly, Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett the statement was in part a response to constituents who’ve expressed concern that Second Amendment rights could be infringed upon. Lawmakers have introduced […]

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