BREAKING NEWS GRANT COUNTY SHERIFF TOM JONES SAYS “HE WILL NOT ENFORCE I-1639”
-Grant County WA
Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones has instructed his deputies to not enforce controversial gun control measure I-1639. Jones stayed in a release earlier today,
“I agree with my other county sheriff colleagues. I am instructing my deputies not to enforce Initiative 1639 in Grant County while the constitutional validity remains in argument at the federal courts level. I swore an oath to defend our citizens and their constitutionally protected rights. I do not believe the popular vote overrules that,” Sheriff Tom Jones said. "If the courts later rule the validity of this new law, at that time I will partner closely with our prosecutor's office to ensure the best plan moving forward. Grant County has a very large voter base of citizens that are pro Second Amendment. They, we, have a right to have this challenge and appeals process play out before moving forward," he continued.
Approved in November, Initiativ—1639 raises the age to purchase a semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21, it also calls for enhanced background checks and requires buyers to complete a firearm safety course. The initiative also holds gun owners accountable if someone uses their firearm to harm themselves or others if there firearm aren’t proper locked.