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By Lou Marzeles

Songer helps kick off Culp campaign


Not long ago, as Initiative 1639 was rolling out—some seeing it as poised on the horizon like a hawk after a scurrying mouse—a police chief in Republic, Washington, decided there would be no scurrying from the new law.

“As long as I am Chief of Police,” Loren Culp announced on Nov. 7, 2018, “no Republic police officer will infringe on a citizen’s right to keep and bear arms. Period.”

Republic, a half-hour from the Canadian border, the county seat of Ferry County, and with a population of about a thousand people, was suddenly national and international news.

His proclamation of defiance to I-1639 was almost simultaneous to a similar declaration by Klickitat County Sheriff Bob...

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