The Sheriff Refusing To Enforce Washington State's New Gun Law (HBO)

The Sheriff Refusing To Enforce Washington State's New Gun Law (HBO)

From his temporary office in the basement of the Klickitat County Courthouse, Sheriff Bob Songer is carrying out a provocative mission: he’s refusing to enforce a new Washington State gun control law.

The law, Initiative 1639, raises the age to purchase a semi-automatic rifle to 21, expands background checks, and adds new rules for the safe storage of firearms. Some of its provisions went into effect on January 1st; the rest are supposed to start in July.

But Songer says the law is unconstitutional — and he insists he won’t carry it out, nor, as an elected sheriff, should he be obligated to.

“Even if it was a legal law, you have discretionary power,” Songer tells VICE News Tonight. “There is no other law enforcement official in the entire United States except a sheriff is elected to office by the people.”

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50 Comments

  1. Erik Olgberg on September 22, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    "His stances made him a star.. on the right" way to slip that one in vice lol. It’s not just the ultra spooky and scary "right". It’s about constitutional rights and freedom. So I guess the left and anyone else who isn’t on the "right" isn’t for that then. There’s a reason why people think you guys are a joke.

  2. Jee Hill on September 22, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    I guess now we will see if it is unconstitutional, but its looking like the intermediate scrutiny used to pass these laws has been ruled unconstitutional via the supreme court

  3. Chad McGinney on September 22, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    A patriot!!!! God bless him!!! 🇺🇸

  4. GhostOi! Oi on September 22, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    "There’d be a civil war there’d be a revolution." Ah that one hit me in my heart strings brought a tear to my eye.

  5. ShadowkidGaming1234 on September 22, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    It’s almost like it’s a constitutional right 🤷‍♂️

  6. Billy Meadows on September 22, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    Every law that violates constitutional law is illegal and without standing.
    The law will only violate law when it is drowning in corruption willing to lie, cheat, steal, kill, seduce, discredit, violate, run over, murder or blackmail

  7. Andy Davis on September 22, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    This sheriff acts like the United States Constitution is an optional document. Where are his robes? Is he a judge? Just a two bit toy sheriff with friends to keep happy. Sad business.

  8. Chris Walts on September 22, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    And happened to go through a process to see if you can even have one is unconstitutional

  9. Thndr_ on September 22, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Small town heroes like this Sherrif are what allows this country to stay free in the face of immense crushing laws.

  10. ltdc on September 22, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    I’ve always chuckled that legislatures think they actually decide the law and judges think they actually decide the law, but if enforcement doesn’t enforce a law, then neither legislative nor judicial really gets a say. Right, wrong, or indifferent.

  11. AJeight3 on September 22, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    America is the FN FAL of the world. The right country of the free world!

  12. V1nce but death to edp445 on September 22, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Based sharif is based

  13. Lockdown TV on September 22, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Story told by a Vice news soy boy.

  14. Mark Doolen on September 22, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Maybery vs Madison 1803 go look it up the sheriff is 100 percent correct

  15. 4doorsmorewhores on September 22, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    In nz the ban didnt even work. Gangs have been going wild with their lutys

  16. Christopher Walts on September 22, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    He is up withholding the law as it was written you can’t make new law that is unconstitutional

  17. bigjonthebearotk on September 22, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    I love it when you cant purchase a ar 15 at 21 but the us government is happy to send you to war with a m16 at 18 and fight with US made m16 a4 against the Taliban who have m16 because of the US govt..!!!!.. may night be happening yet but we will be back..!!!

  18. Dustdevilz on September 22, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    The left will never stop with these restrictive gun laws. Like everything else with the tyrannical left it’s one law, one restriction at a time until guns are banned and we end up in civil war. The left has to learn to live within the bounds of our constitution as written.

  19. Dave Bobby on September 22, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    Thats a good sheriff

  20. StL Pro2A on September 22, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    They say "insurrection" as though it is a bad thing. Fortunately, Our Founding Fathers did not share that perspective.

    "What country before, ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance?” – Tommy, Tommy Jefferson, an insurrection supporter. AH HA…there is the WHY behind gun control. Politicians don’t care about dead bodies in schools, streets, grocery aisles….those are features, "common sense" justification for the Useful Idiot Masses. “That is why our masters in Washington are so anxious to disarm us. They are not afraid of criminals. They are afraid of a populace which cannot be subdued by tyrants. ” – late Col Jeff Cooper. They care about their own corrupt asses for what they have and intend to do to our america Freedoms, Liberties, Rights.

    Locked, loaded, all neighbors’ fields of fire confirmed…..

  21. Pavlo on September 22, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Gun laws work guys! look how safe seattle is! as you drive down aurora ave it’s so quiet and peaceful!

  22. Chris Walts on September 22, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Exactly taking somebody’s guns too because they got a DWI is on constitutional as well

  23. Derek Verbrugge on September 22, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    The boundary county sheriff did a great job of protecting Randy Weaver’s rights.

  24. Ramon Mejia on September 22, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    That sheriff is a hero

  25. The DOT on September 22, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    As we hurt, they take our monies and give it to lazy evil inner city scum, who hate us for the color of our skin and the love of our nation. WE NEED WAR NOW!!!!! WE MUST NEVER COEXIST.

  26. VICE News on September 22, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    “Even if it was a legal law, you have discretionary power,” Songer tells VICE News Tonight. “There is no other law enforcement official in the entire United States except a sheriff is elected to office by the people.”
    WATCH NEXT: What Happens To Religious Professionals When They Stop Believing In God – http://bit.ly/2tsL0Qr

  27. Christopher Walts on September 22, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    All law enforcement needs to do what’s right and withhold the Constitution withhold the oath that they took unlike some of these people

  28. James Costello on September 22, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    Washington State 1639 sucks.

  29. Mark Doolen on September 22, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    This sheriff really gets it

  30. Alvin Rodigues on September 22, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    The sheriff is absolutely right, gun confiscation WILL CREATE A CIVIL WAR. Absolutely no doubt about it.

  31. Justin Edwards on September 22, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    That sheriff is a beautiful man and I would gladly stand and fight with him anytime…. gun grabbers beware , we put up with ALOT of bullshit but the 2nd amendment will not be one of them , shall not be infringed is pretty fxcking clear and anyone who would want to disarm an honest law abiding citizen is an enemy to all of us

  32. Joe_509 on September 22, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Me and my entire family would die b4 we give up our guns. The gang bangers will have guns regardless! This only effects law abiding citizens and not the actual waste if life is society!

  33. David Nation on September 22, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Good for this guy… a man for America… not the communists

  34. GAM3 SOFTING on September 22, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Dude that sheriff is a badass lol just kickin back

  35. Joe Costello on September 22, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Wow vice has gone completely left anti gun , that’s disappointing vice used to be awesome , not anymore

  36. •• on September 22, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    This Sheriff is a true patriot

  37. Earl Wheelock on September 22, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    that law was actually passed in only about 3 counties most of the counties it failed badly but 60 percent of the population lives in those 3 counties

  38. charles hetrick on September 22, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Yeah imagine that, an officer of the law actually respecting the constitution.

  39. Christopher Walts on September 22, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    They will not be able to buy citizens guns cuz citizens guns are not the problem so they can do it by back all they want nobody’s going to follow it

  40. bwvids on September 22, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    4:44 Democrats: So “You” would not directly be affected by this law? Same for slavery, segregation, abortion, etc. The don’t understand rights and principles, just their emotional and delusional appeals to feel “safe” by taking away others rights.

  41. Stanwood Dave on September 22, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    Remark at 2:41 can be asked of every liberal commie, just like the tool who is a fool, working for HBO, in this video. The exact same question, but instead of the wet dream of the left, (do away with the 2nd Amendment) their fireplace mantel positions reference Immigration & abortion, can be asked of the commie led states like Washington, Mexifornia, (spelling intended, oh smartest people in the room) Oregon , New York, etc.

    Sure is mighty white of HBO to pick & choose which parts of the U.S. Constitution are still relevant. NOT!!!

  42. Chris Walts on September 22, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    They don’t want people to have guns so they can take away all their freedoms do you get it they don’t want them to have any

  43. Emiliano Sanchez-Pedraza on September 22, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    So do these people not understand.. the law isn’t to take their guns but to enforce a better way of purchasing one. so kids from 16-18 don’t get the urge to cause a mass shooting or commit more crimes like seen in the past.. NO ONE is taking guns.. lol swear.

  44. sebastien holmes on September 22, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    I salute that sheriff.

  45. Chris Walts on September 22, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    That’s what will happen they won’t just stop with one

  46. Dk Tk on September 22, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    Right, but the death penalty isn’t unconstitutional.

  47. Gunny,akaM.A.C on September 22, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    They conveniently want to just throw aside the constitution and we the people will not stand for that. I hope all law enforcement uphold the constitution.

  48. Jaime Ray on September 22, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    Give an alcoholic a drink and he won’t stop and will likely drink himself to death without higher power help from God and the fellowship of AA.

    Give a "constitutional sheriff," what often amounts to a thug with gun and a badge and a decidedly wrong psychological ‘extremist’ profile, his first taste of real power and he is likely to come back again and again, drunk on the ability to tyrannize as many people as he is able. The list of people he finds objectionable grows proportionally with his exposure to extremist media and through radicalized associations.

  49. Christopher Walts on September 22, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    Because you can’t make laws that are going to harm citizens and make it harder for them to protect themselves they’re supposed to be helping citizens protect themselves and be more self-sufficient and not rely on the government but it seems like they want people to be more reliant on the government more and more these days

  50. Christopher Walts on September 22, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    I’m glad this sheriff is standing up for what’s right I hope they all do

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