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Sheriffs violating oath

The sheriffs and county commissioners of various Washington state counties who have determined that the new gun law, I-1639, is unconstitutional and refuse to enforce the law are certainly violating their oath of office. They apparently believe that they can practice law without a license and believe they know better than the judiciary. It is our courts that determine the constitutionality of our laws, not elected officials who believe they are above the law.

These rogue sheriffs and county commissioners also do not respect the 60 percent of Washington voters that voted for this law. They are letting their personal views override their responsibilities and are arrogant officials who see themselves above the law.

Will they refuse to enforce other laws that they don’t like or that they deem unconstitutional? These types of actions would lead to anarchy. These shallow men disgust me and I consider them un-American. I would encourage our attorney general to prosecute each and every one of them for violating their oath of office or, at the very least, remove them from office.

Neal Q. Rielly, retired Superior Court judge


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