Some say attorney general broke law in endorsing I-1639

Some say attorney general broke law in endorsing I-1639

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Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks in Seattle on Feb. 25. Some local residents claim Ferguson broke the law when he endorsed Initiative 1639. Some Yakima and Kittitas county residents plan to challenge Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s support of Initiative 1639 on criminal grounds. I-1639, which goes into full effect in July, requires gun buyers to complete a firearms safety course and go through a background check that includes a mental health history. It also requires that guns be secured, and could subject gun owners to criminal charges if their firearms are used by someone else to commit a crime. Yakima Valley attorney Michael Scott Brumback, who spoke at a meeting organized by Second Amendment For Everyone Kittitas County (SAFE) on Tuesday near Ellensburg, outlined why he believes Ferguson committed criminal wrongdoing, focusing primarily on Ferguson’s involvement with an endorsement of I-1639 beginning when the initiative was filed in May 2018. “I’m a firm believer that the left wants us to forget about the Constitution. … This is the perfect example of democracy undermining constitutional law,” Brumback told the group. “We had a majority rule under a citizen initiative create law, and I say ‘law’ a little bit sarcastically because I don’t believe it is a law, that it is in absolute conflict with our U.S. and Washington constitutions.” In an email to the Yakima Herald-Republic, Brumback cited criminal statutes dealing with official misconduct and failure of duty by a public officer. According to a post shared […]

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