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Washington Police Oppose Proposed Legislation Restricting Gun Ownership

October 25, 2018  | 

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One of the issues facing voters in Washington in November is Initiative 1639, a measure that is said to be one of the most restrictive in that state's history.

According to, the initiative would implement restrictions on the purchase and ownership of firearms including raising the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21, and background checks and waiting periods for purchasing semiautomatic rifles―as defined by the initiative.

According to the Seattle Times, the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association, the Washington State Patrol Troopers Association, and the Washington state Fraternal Order of Police all oppose the measure.

"We do not believe that the passage of this initiative is going to make people safer in our community," said Teresa Taylor, executive director for WACOPS, which represents more than 4,300 law enforcement officers around the state. Members of the group also believe the initiative could violate the Second Amendment.

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Jon Retired LEO @ 10/25/2018 2:28 PM

Hell yes it would violate the second amendment but the liberals don't care about that. They just want to start the first of several measures to gut the second.

Paul ( Retired Peace offi @ 10/25/2018 3:18 PM

It's part of the liberals and ( misguided Democrats) with little increments to work towards registration and eventual confiscation of firearms. Only look at Kalifornia and NY, King(govenor) Cuomo of NY wants ( after re-election) to implement HIS 'phase 2' of his "SAFE Act" - the registration of ALL long guns in the state. Look at our (NY) and Kalifornia to see the writing on the wall. God bless the officers of Washington, who are standing up and being counted, against these liberals and their agenda against the 2nd Amendment.

ssc1911 @ 10/25/2018 4:13 PM

I'm glad to read that law enforcemetn in Washington state is against this measure.
Paul (Retired Peace Officer), I agree with you and Jon Retired Leo. NJ is also bad with 2A rights for its citizens and has been for a long time, Dems control Trenton and the current Governor is a progressive and very anti gun, as is the NJ Attornery General, as are Democrats who sit in Trenton, and draft and enact laws. I'm a retired LEO, too.

Dale @ 10/26/2018 9:46 AM

Good for the police officers standing up for law abiding citizens. I believe most rank and file police officers feel this way (I do). Only PC police chiefs feel that there should be massive restrictions on firearms. The chiefs that haven't gone the political route, and sheriffs who are elected by the public, know that more restrictions aren't going to curb crime.

Scheid 220 Retired LEO. @ 10/27/2018 2:25 PM

I have told my son that when I pass, all my weapons wil go to him. I further advised that under no circumstances should he ever give up his weapons. My son is a law abiding citizen and I would never want him to be but more than that I don't want him to die at the hands of a corrupt government.

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