The massive infringement has caused a ruckus, after Culp declared he wouldn’t enforce it and has drafted a proposal for the town that would declare it invalid. In fact, he’s using the liberal ‘sanctuary’ argument to make his case.
In the town of 1,100, he has overwhelming support.
And, he recently gained the attention of Ted Nugent, 70’s rocker turned constitutionalist, who posted on social media, “Chief Loren Culp is an American freedom warrior. God bless the freedom warriors.”
Initiative 1639 goes into effect on January 1, and is one of the most invasive, outrageous gun control measures ever passed.
It raises the legal age to buy a semi-automatic rifle to 21, from 18, requires enhanced background checks, and includes a “safe storage” provision that, in some circumstances, makes firearm owners criminally liable if someone not allowed to access a gun uses it in a crime.
That provision won’t apply if an owner reports a theft or some other incident within five days.
Yesterday night, the City Council took up for discussion an ordinance proposed by the chief.
He’s titled it the “2nd Amendment Sanctuary City Ordinance,” borrowing the “sanctuary” provision from liberals who defy the federal government.
It states that “all federal and State acts, laws, orders, rules or regulations regarding firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition are a violation of the 2nd Amendment.”
And says, any such laws are “hereby declared to be invalid in the City of Republic.”
Culp says he’s gotten positive feedback from the residents. Republic is in Ferry County, Washington, which voted 73 percent against the initiative.
Comments on the police social media page have also been positive, with one from Michelle in Bernice, California, stating, “Wish we had your breed of man in kommifornia.”
The State Attorney General’s Office said, “We will review the city’s ordinance if it passes.” And, “We have nothing further to add at this time.”
Culp said he didn’t mean to get so much attention.
“I’m just standing up for people’s rights,” he stated. “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.’”
He added, “A semi-automatic .22 rifle is used for teaching young kids marksmanship. It’s a common thing in rural areas. It doesn’t have much of a kick. It’s a small-caliber gun. And now it’s called an assault rifle?”
And as for having five days to report a stolen gun, he explained, “So now you have to check your safe every five days to make sure it’s not been broken into, and make the inventory of guns is still correct? It’s ridiculous.”
Elbert Koontz, the mayor of Republic, said he can’t think of anyone in town who disagrees.
“Most of the town’s liberals still believe in the Second Amendment,” the mayor said. “They’re mostly worried about building stuff for people that want to ride bikes.”
Koontz added the only negative comments he’s received are from the Seattle area, “Texting me. You guys are evil. Fire the police chief immediately. That kind of thing.”
He was asked if the city was prepared for possible litigation involving their proposed ordinance, and the cost involved.
“We’re a small town, you know. There are two people in City Hall, three, counting me. I don’t know what will happen. It’s up to the City Council,” he says.
Ulrich Semrau, Republic’s “official resident City Philosopher,” stated, “People who live here are very individualistic, probably fairly libertarian,” he says. “People don’t want anybody telling them what they can do. My position is that we need to ask a different question. If we take the assumption that guns are a right, how do we, as a society, keep them out of the hands of someone who’s not mentally stable?”