[VIDEO] The Mason County Commission passed a resolution Tuesday opposing implementation of Initiative 1639 which was approved by voters last fall. I-1639 raises the legal age to buy semiautomatic rifles — widely described as assault rifles — from 18 to 21. And enacts a new storage law that requires gun owners to secure their firearms, or risk criminal penalties.
The resolution comes two weeks after Sheriff Casey Salisbury announced his position on enforcing the gun initiative and instructed his deputies to “take no enforcement action” as it pertains to I-1639. The Commissioners passed the resolution unanimously despite two residents voicing their opposition.
The two opposing the resolution also spoke against the Sheriff’s position.
The resolution opposing implementation of state Initiative 1639 reads:
A RESOLUTION opposing implementation of state initiative 1639 or related legislation restricting the individual rights of United States citizens as protected by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article I, Section 24 of the Washington State Constitution.
WHEREAS,the right of the people to keep and bear arms is guaranteed as an individual right under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and under Article I,Section 24 of the Constitution of the State of Washington; and
WHEREAS,the right of the people to keep and bear arms for defense of life, liberty, and property is regarded as an inalienable right by residents of Mason County,Washington, and:
WHEREAS, the residents of Mason County derive economic benefit from all safe forms of firearms recreation, hunting, and shooting conducted within the County using all types of firearms allowable under federal and state constitutions; and
WHEREAS, any provision or application of 1-1639, and any trailer bill, or any bill similar thereto,which restricts the individual rights of United States Citizens as protected by the United States Constitution and the Washington State Constitution will create economic hardship on lawfully owned and operated small business firearm dealerships; will create undue burdens and price increases on persons to lawfully purchase firearms;will have a direct negative impact on local economies through sales tax loss; will create a layer of burdensome, troublesome and unlawful governmental regulation; will create an undue burden on law enforcement agencies; and
WHEREAS,the Mason County Board of Commissioners, being elected to represent the residents of Mason County, a majority of which opposed 1-1639 in the previous general election, and being duly sworn by their Oath of Office to uphold the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Washington, including, but not limited to the protection of the lawful right to keep and bear arms, for defense of life, liberty and property, and for safe forms of firearms recreation, hunting, shooting and education conducted within Mason County,Washington;
NOW,THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Mason County Commissioners that the Board of Commissioners does hereby oppose the implementation of 1-1639 or the enactment of any legislation that would infringe upon the lawful rights of its residents to keep and bear arms, and would consider such laws to be unconstitutional and beyond lawful application of its legislative and governance authority or duties;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mason County Board of Commissioners hereby requests that copies of this resolution be transmitted to Mason County’s legislative delegation and Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson to encourage their support of the constitutionally protected right to bear arms.