Walla Walla County Sheriff to enforce 1639 while opposing it

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    WALLA WALLA COUNTY, Wash. -- In a statement released on Friday, Sheriff Mark Crider, along with Chief Scott Bieber and Chief Troy Tomaras, announced they will enforce I-1639; however, they strongly oppose the law.

    In a joint letter, the sheriff and police chiefs stated, "I personally will continue to to oppose 1639 through every legal avenue available to me as a citizen and as an elected official."

    The letter goes on to say, "First and foremost, we are sworn to uphold the Rule of Law and the Constitution. We do not pick and choose which laws we enforce, we enforce all law equally whether we agree with them or not."

    "As with many other laws, the application of Initiative 1639 will undoubtedly vary from county to county across the state, based on local priorities and resources available. We will continue to monitor the process as the courts weigh in on the many challenges and look forward to working with the people of Walla Walla County and the State of Washington to improve public safety in all our communities."

    Action News spoke with Sheriff Crider on the phone today.

    Crider told Action News, "We don't know how to enforce it with no direction from the state." He went on to say that deputies will NOT go out and start confiscating people's guns.

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