The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has announced that it will enforce a controversial gun-control measure handily passed by voters last November.
The announcement came Saturday morning in a brief statement posted to Facebook that noted that while Initiative 1639 was being challenged in court, the sheriff’s office intended to heed the new law for now.
“The Clark County Sheriff’s Office will adhere to the law as passed by a vote of the people unless a court rules that it is unconstitutional,” reads the statement. According to the statement, the sheriff’s office will evaluate the statutory requirements of I-1639 and “adopt policy consistent with state law and any subsequent judicial rulings.”
I-1639 was passed by Washington voters with 59 percent of the vote. The measure requires safe storage for firearms and increases the age limit to purchase a gun to 21. It also broadly redefines many guns as “semi-automatic assault” rifles while strengthening the background check required to purchase a firearm.
The measure was approved by voters in 14 of Washington’s 39 counties, including in Clark County, where it passed with 54 percent of the vote. Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins, a Republican, was also re-elected last November after facing no opponent.