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By Madeline Coats
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

AG sends warning letter to state sheriffs


February 20, 2019

Washington's attorney general has stepped in with a warning to the more than half the state's county law enforcement officials who say they refuse to fully enforce the gun control measures voters approved in November.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson last Tuesday sent an open letter to the law enforcement officers who oppose Initiative 1639 (I-1639). Police chiefs and sheriffs will be held liable if they refuse to perform background checks required by the new law, Ferguson wrote.

"I will defend Initiative 1639 against any challenge," wrote Ferguson. "My office defeated the legal challenge to the previous gun safety initiative passed by the people, and I am confident we will defeat any consti...

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