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WA – LE – Law enforcement struggles with provisions of I-1639

About 60 people filed into Sedro-Woolley City Hall recently, all with questions about a gun law that went into effect July 1. The changes brought about by I-1639 have caused concerns among law enforcement — from whether the provisions are constitutional, to whether law enforcement should be responsible for providing the gun safety classes or should have to pay for the enhanced background checks. In the wake of the law’s passage, at least 13 of the state’s 39 sheriffs and at least two police chiefs have said they won’t enforce the law, according to The Seattle Times. In Skagit County, top law enforcement officials are unwilling to go so far. “Until a court determines that Initiative 1639 or any portion of it is unconstitutional, the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office will abide by the initiative,” Skagit County Sheriff Don McDermott said. That doesn’t, however, mean law enforcement officials in Skagit County don’t have concerns about the changes brought about by the initiative, Tucker said. “Every chief and sheriff in the state of Washington, we all have questions,” he said. “There’s so many things about this law that leaves us scratching our heads.” For Tucker, some of those concerns are related to the requirement for gun safety classes.  [full article]

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