Washington State Governor & Presidential Candidate Threatens Gun Dealers

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Washington State Governor & Presidential Candidate Threatens Gun Dealers

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- Washington State Governor and Presidential hopeful Jay Inslee is sending threatening letters to gun dealers across the state.

The Evergreen State recently passed some of the strongest gun control measures in the United States. This new law is known as Initiative 1639. It is so extreme that a lot of Washington State sheriffs and police chiefs are refusing to enforce it because of their oath to uphold the Constitution and their belief that this law is an affront to the Second Amendment.

The Governor and Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson have sent these sheriffs at least three threatening letters insisting they enforce the new state law. The sheriffs have not backed down on their insistence that they cannot enforce the new statutes without violating their oath.

Police Chief Loren Culp in the small Washington town of Republic took a page out of Democrat elected official’s playbook and designated the city as “Second Amendment Sanctuary City Ordinance” and said on a Facebook post, “As long as I am Chief of Police, no Republic police officer will infringe on a citizen’s right to keep and bear arms, PERIOD!”

With threatening ultimatums to the head of local law enforcement agencies not working Gov. Inslee is taking the fight directly to gun dealers. On Thursday, the Governor along with AG Ferguson sent letters to 262 dealers in these “sanctuary” cities and counties threatening legal action if they did not immediately comply with the law.

The law puts new regulations on selling what the politicians deem “Semiautomatic assault rifles.

The made-up term refers to “any rifle which utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing cartridge to extract the fired cartridge case and chamber the next round, and which requires a separate pull of the trigger to fire each cartridge. ‘Semiautomatic assault rifle' does not include antique firearms, any firearm that has been made permanently inoperable, or any firearm that is manually operated by bolt, pump, lever, or slide action.”

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This law uses the most aggressive definition of “assault rifle” of any state in the nation. Most states define “assault rifles” or “assault weapons” as a semiautomatic rifle with one or more cosmetic feature. The actual definition of an “assault rifle” is a select fire gun that is not in the hands of most civilians.

Under the law dealers cannot sell semi-automatic rifles to anyone under the age of 21. The buyers have to have taken classes in basic firearm safety, secure gun storage, the safety of children and firearms, suicide prevention, safe handling, and state and federal firearm law. The class/classes have to have been taken within the last five years.

The buyer also must get a written letter from their local head of law enforcement stating that they are legally allowed to own a gun and the chief of police or sheriff must run a background check on the buyer using the national instant criminal background check system (NICS). The buyer must then again be run through NICS by the dealer.

The law also mandates a ten-business-day waiting period after the buyer purchases the gun. Since the state does count not holidays and weekends as business days, the waiting period could be as much as 17 days during the Christmas holiday season.

The letter also took shots at the heads of law enforcement agencies that are unwilling to bend to the will of the Governor.

“Certain officials in your county have publicly said they will not enforce Initiative 1639 because they believe it is unconstitutional,” the letter reads. “We want to prevent you and your business from finding yourself in legal jeopardy because of a misunderstanding of the law caused by statements made by elected officials in your area.”

Gov. Inslee said the sheriffs are acting as “mini-Supreme Courts” and told the dealers that they would be using Washington State Patrol to enforce the law as well as bring in the ATF. Violating the law is a felony that is punishable with up to five years in prison.

There is a lawsuit working its way through the court system. In the suit, the NRA and the Second Amendment Foundation both argue that the law violates not only the US Constitution, but it also violates the Washington State Constitution on Second Amendment grounds and puts an undue burden on gun buyers.

Governor Inslee is running for President and is currently running TV ADs. His platform consists of far-left policies such as anti-gun laws.


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John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast which can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/patriotnews. John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%'ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on leftist deplatforming methods and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, on Facebook at realjohncrump, or at www.crumpy.com.

  • 40 thoughts on “Washington State Governor & Presidential Candidate Threatens Gun Dealers

    1. Insleediot forgets a few inortant things:

      let’s start with SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.. both Fed and State constitutions declare this about our right to arms. Insleediot cannot trump those documents.

      Next, he demands local police run a NICS check… but they cannot. That system can ONLY be accessed by FFL’s. Feds cannot be forced to prorom a service for anyone else. A state law mandating this is moot, as state cannot change Fed law or practice.

      BATF, being Federal, CAN NOT enforce local law. Feds cannot enforce any laws other than Fed law.

      the ELECTED sheriff is the highest authority in terms of law enforcement in any county Inseediot cannot trump the local sheriff.

      Insleediot swore an oath to uphold and enforce the Constitutions of both the United States and of the State of Washington. His utter rebellion against his oath rises to felony perjury.
      and a lawbreaker like this is sufficiently deluded to think he has a shot at becoming resident? This guy is certifiable……

    2. 2A sanctuary places is a very good idea and I hope it spreads all over the country to push back against the gun grabbers. I think it would give a bigger picture to these morons where the country feels threatened by them and maybe they will back off some. Trump won the presidency because of the policies he ran on which means the majority of sane people backed him. They have spent his whole presidency trying to do away with the people’s choice. It is time they are faced with the reality that being little hitlers isn’t going to get the job done and I think this would help.

      1. DW, No logistics. No secure comms. No leadership. No plan. Can’t get enough of us to go to the polls. How are you intending to get enough of us to come to formation?

        1. Sadly… those are the facts. Wondering what the ‘red line’ really is, what actually must happen to bring folks to “formation”?

    3. The NEXT CIVIL WAR is coming but the MORONS have NO clue. Gun owners have the Balls to stand against tyranny! These IDIOTS that want to confiscate your weapons, send the innocent local police and get them killed! They do not care if they die. Leave us alone. The Nazi’s pulled the teeth of the Jewish people, by taking all their guns, then exterminating them. That crap WILL NOT HAPPEN in the U.S.A.!! We must keep the government in check!!

    4. The sheriffs are the ultimate elected authority at the county levels and even the governor cannot usurp their authority. These actions in Washington state are also occurring in New Mexico and Colorado and appears to be the beginning of a ground swell movement in support of the Constitution against the B.S. so-called “elected” state and national liberal officials who are destroying citizens’ rights and trampling on the Constitution for their own benefit and profit. I pray to God that this trend continues and spreads across the nation without violence, but if violence occurs, then let it begin with them and end with us applying it justly to all who deserve it. The liberals and dishonest government officials will no doubt brand it a vigilantism, but what it will be is long overdue JUSTICE.

    5. The interesting thing to me is this is the same AG to turns his back at so-called “sanctuary cities” and heroin programs and then lectures these sheriffs about “obeying the law”.

    6. Good for the LEOs. Someone has to take a stand and these guys have the credibility to do so, they are not a group of ‘gun nuts’ as the anti gun crow likes to describe lawful gun owners.

    7. I am proud of our new Governor in Georgia. He ran his campaign promising that he would back the second amendment. He even had a commercial with a gun in his hands. We need more politicians like Gov. Brian Kemp. I hope he is going to be signing a new bill legalizing Constitutional carry before long. It is in the process of going before the House of Representatives for approval. We really dodged a fool named Stacey Abrams. She was his demoRat opponent and was promising banning all guns. She was the complete opposite of Brian Kemp. I am hoping he is our Governor for two terms. He is a family man that is not going to sell out to the big money globalists.

    8. It seems that the only thing that Demo-Rats want is to totally want to destroy the whole Constitution and the Bill Of Rights, that were set up by our For-Father’s, the only thing is that the people that put them in office should be put in large camp’s for in retraining and total testing for mental stability. To effectively do this would be Recall them, and use the Red Flag Laws that they are passing in most of the states now, as they are a threat to themselves and others which is what these laws are designed for, suicide prevention and threats to other people,which they have shown at most public gatherings, showing true colors and that they want to control us at any cost! I say this if they can’t support the Constitution and The Bill Of Rights,and refuse to swear on the Bible then they are not willing or won’t uphold to those two, they should not be in any politics and removed as they have only one thing on their agenda to destroy our United States, also I fought for this country and I don’t want slime balls trying to destroy it as they have in other parts of the world Send Them Packing back to where they came from, revoke their citizenship and put them on a boat back to where they came from!

    9. I sure hope the “silent majority” will rise up. Trump 2020 (he’s not perfect but the DEMS HATE America and Freedom)

    10. Inslee can go f*** himself in his hillaryhole. I guess if he was walking down the street with his boyfriend or wife and an armed assailant orders his mate to perform a service on him, I guess inslee would just offer to do it himself instead of being harmed.

      Way to go inslee. Now wipe your chin, you POS liberal scumbag.

      1. Problematically, Inslee would never “walk down the street” in the first place… at least, not without armed guards. He knows exactly what would happen if he ever got caught in public without those guards.

    11. “In the suit, the NRA and the Second Amendment Foundation both argue that the law violates not only the US Constitution, but it also violates the Washington State Constitution on Second Amendment grounds and puts an undue burden on gun buyers.”
      According to the gun owning NRA haters, the NRA does nothing but line the pockets of the governing board.

    12. WA, the state of my birth is like Oregon and California, far too gone. The tie died, pony-tailed puffy frauds who populate these states now were the same people who dodged the draft and chanted about liberty but who never stood up for freedom against communism. Their spawn are even worse. How odd it is to me that those who were chanting and protesting about freedom now gleefully abandon it on the false reports of threats to their safety. They listen to false prophets like Inslee and the other enemies of liberty like couomo, newsome et al and take great joy in lining up and moving in lock step toward authoritarianism. I know why. When they were safely hidden away on campus while the rest of us were off at war they didn’t even bother to read their leftist propaganda. When we got back and used our GI Bills we actually did to the readings. We are paying the price now. We have left far too much warrior DNA on foreign battlefields. The weak of mind and spirit remain to degrade our republic because they are not fit to defend it. Semper Fidelis

      1. n.r., we still have plenty of warrior DNA left, sufficient to honor our Oath, in particular because we are being challenged to a fight here in our homeland by those “enemies, foreign AND domestic” that very Oath binds us to defend this nation against. As moral and ethical warriors, it is our responsibility to hold ourselves in check until these enemies strike first, kind of like the Rules Of Engagement (ROE’s) we’ve been required to fight under.
        .
        We know the drill, some of us have already been bloodied in the act of standing up for our country. This time, we will be required to defend ourselves and those we love against our own citizens, at least some of them. That prospect will cause many, who now say they will stand with us, to falter, and in the moment of truth, will fold, will run, will accept defeat. It is a fearsome place to be, I admit, a civil war, something we swore as Americans we would never see this country suffer again.
        .
        But we have to remember, we did not pick this fight. We tried to avoid it by our votes in 2016, again in 2018, seeking a change, a return to principles and morality. In spite of that, a form of political and social ‘rabies’, or perhaps more appropriately, a plague, has struck part of the nation’s populations, and it appears to be contagious. As Thomas Jefferson believed in his “Tree of Liberty” essay, that tree, representing our Constitutional Republic, has become stressed by drought, by the blight of Socialism, and can only be restored with the blood of tyrants, and patriots.
        .
        We are nearly there.

    13. What the feds going to run back grounds on gun gun buyers for the sheriff’s federal use only for gun dealers one other state already has been told this

    14. If the residents of Washington do not recall this governo and his cronies deserve what they get. Does this idiot Governor really think he can win the Presidency?

      1. I would get rid of him in a heart beat but the liberal idiots in Seattle put him and this initiative in place. No one else in the state wants either one. He won’t make president but at least he wont be running for governor as long as he is trying to be president.

    15. Dear Gov. Inslee/AG Ferguson: the BATFE will not enforce your alleged state ‘law’ you pompous jackasses. Good luck getting the Washington State Patrol to give anything more than lip service, too.

      1. Do not be too sure about the Washington State Patrol, Mike. They are State Orcs, they have no allegiance to any particular county or city. They go where they are sent and collect their salaries and benefits accordingly. When push comes to shove, most cops will obey those who fill their rice bowls. I am surprised Commissar Inslee has not threatened to activate the WA NG. If things get too sporty, head East. Here in Rawles Land, we still support the Second Amendment and are armed to the teeth. We live in interesting times.

    16. Presidential hopefuls who smoke too much pot, and have the political munchies, will say and do anything to satisfy their Evil Hunger Games!

      Let’s see how many Washingtonians will petition the Legislature to recall Inslee, and Ferguson.
      They’re both brain dead and cannot carry out their respective constitutional duties!

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