One local sheriff gathered praise after he indicated he would create a sanctuary city for gun owners who might violate a new sweeping gun control law passed by Washington state.
Police Chief Loren Culp reportedly received a standing ovation at his city council meeting in Republic last week and even attracted rocker Ted Nugent’s attention for his stand against gun control, the Seattle Times reported.
Watch his speech before the city council below:
His proposal, titled “2nd Amendment Sanctuary City Ordinance,” would counter a gun control initiative approved by voters in November.
Initiative 1639 is one of the strictest firearm regulations in the country and raises the purchase age from 18 to 21 for semi-automatic rifles.
“I’m just standing up for people’s rights,” Culp said, according to the Times.
“I had people asking if the Police Department was going to start arresting teenagers, 18-, 19-, 20-year-olds, carrying and using a semi-automatic .22 rifle. I told them, ‘I’m not going to infringe on someone’s constitutional rights.’”
Standing ovation from the crowd. But, the city council in Republic tabled Police Chief Loren Culp's proposal to make this tiny town a “Second Amendment Sanctuary City." He won't enforce voter-approved state strict gun law. The saga continues. My story: https://t.co/jQTpSYggUF pic.twitter.com/P8DVxCxhJo
— Erik Lacitis (@ErikLacitis) November 20, 2018
According to Fox News, Culp said he believed he had no choice “but to stand up for the people that I served.” He also said, “I felt it was such a blatant disregard for constitutional rights.”
Watch the report below:
While it’s unclear whether the city council will pass the measure, it could receive a vote before the state law takes effect in the new year.
Gun control advocates reportedly pushed back on Culp’s advocacy. “If we have leaders that are responsible for ensuring the laws are enforced, picking and choosing which laws they get to enforce, we have a huge problem,” Renee Hopkins, CEO of Alliance for Gun Responsibility, said.
Hopkins echoed conservative arguments surrounding sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants whom jurisdictions refused to detain despite requests from federal immigration enforcement.