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By Dena Martin
The Times 

Columbia County Sheriff Joins I-1639 Opposition

Sheriff’s Department will not enforce I-1639 until constitutionality is determined


February 14, 2019

DAYTON – Columbia County Sheriff Joe Helm has officially joined the ranks of law enforcement officials across the state who will not enforce Initiative I-1639.

I-1639 was placed on the ballot as an Initiative to the People and approved by voters on Nov. 6, 2018. The Initiative increased restrictions on the purchase of firearms, raising the minimum age to purchase a semi-automatic firearm to 21, adding a more extensive layer to background checks, increasing waiting periods, and enacting storage requirements.

On Feb. 11 Columbia County Sheriff Joe Helm issued an official statement regardin...

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