Republic Police Department Chief Loren Culp is looking to shield his city from a new state law that imposes more strict limitations on firearms.
Initiative 1639 was recently approved in Washington and prevents individuals under the age of 21 from buying semiautomatic weapons.
The law also creates the potential for someone to be criminally prosecuted if he or she stores a gun where a “prohibited” person gains access to it.
Loren said on Sunday that he “cannot and will not” enforce the law, and that I-1639 almost eliminates the ability for individuals under the age of 21 to exercise their constitutional rights.
“It goes against the oath of my office,” he said on Fox & Friends.