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-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.

The National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation have also filed a hoi lawlawsuit challenging the initiative.

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