Governor Refuses To Sign Certificates For Police Shooting Competition

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has refused to sign the winners' certificates for a federally-mandated shooting contest.

Olympia, WA – Washington Governor Jay Inslee refused to sign the certificates for the winners of a police shooting championship due political reasons.

Inslee has withdrawn his support for a civilian and law enforcement marksmanship program that was established by the federal government well over a century ago, KIRO reported.

“We understand competitors will be disappointed by this decision,” Inslee’s office wrote in a letter to program organizers just before their annual awards banquet.

“However, the Governor believes constructive conversations and meaningful action around gun safety are necessary to better protect our families and communities,” the letter read.

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is a “congressionally mandated program whose basic mission is to provide rifle marksmanship training to U.S. civilians,” National Security and International Affairs Division Director of Army Issues Richard Davis wrote in a government review of the program in 1990.

“It was established in 1903 during a period in U.S. history when civilian training in marksmanship was viewed as essential to total military preparedness,” Davis explained.

In 1996, federal law mandated that the CMP’s key functions were to instruct citizens, promote firearm safety and practice, and to “conduct competitions in the use of firearms and to award trophies, prizes, badges and other insignia to competitors,” according to the CMP website.

“The law specifically states: In carrying out the Civilian Marksmanship Program, the corporation shall give priority to activities that benefit firearms safety, training, and competition for youth and that reach as many youth participants as possible,” the CMP noted.

Consistent with the practices of nearly every other state in the country, Washington CMP holds an annual competition and banquet recognizing the top law enforcement and citizen marksmen in the state, KIRO reported.

This year, a 16-year-old girl was one of the competition’s champions.

Certificates, signed by the governor, were considered among the highest honors.

“The certificates that were signed last May will be the final certificates signed by the governor,” Inslee’s office said in the statement, according to KIRO. “Governor Inslee is no longer able to support any program affiliated with the National Rifle Association (NRA), due to the organization’s obstructive efforts to undermine common sense gun safety measures, including those that enjoy broad public support.”

However, the NRA isn't really involved.

Washington State Rifle and Pistol Association spokesperson Jane Milhans said that the CMP has registered their competitions with the NRA in order to meet national standards guidelines that enable contestants to qualify for nationwide records, KIRO reported.

“The big focus and emphasis [of the NRA] is all on safety, and even the NRA… will provide training to smaller law enforcement agencies that don’t have the manpower for a training department,” Milhans added.

Milhans said she believes the governor’s position was akin to “spitting in the face of law enforcement officers.”

“Law enforcement officers lay their lives on the line every day, and I feel they deserve the recognition,” she said. “He has turned this into a political situation, instead of being the non-biased, non-partisan governor that he should be and recognizing law enforcement officers.”

Milhans also pointed out that Inslee was ignoring female gun owners who gained firearm training and skills in order to keep themselves safe.

“He has not reached across the aisle to people like me, to talk about why women are firearm owners,” she said. “As a survivor of a home invasion, it’s really important to me that women learn how to protect themselves.”

Comments (29)
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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Maybe President Trump or Vice President Pence would be willing to sign these certificates in Inslee's place. That would make these certificates more meaningful, since this is a federal program. If having certificates signed by a mere governor is considered among the highest honors, then how about getting one signed by the President or Vice President of the United States of America?

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

I bet this pos governor has armed protection with him all time!!!! WHAT A COMPLETE F’IN A$$HOLE!

Sailor
Sailor

Would love to hear that no further protection will be provided the Governor by any law enforcement entity. Let this POS find his own protection.

ReserveDepty3431
ReserveDepty3431

The NRA just received a big boost. They should send letters to these idiots thanking them for increasing their membership.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Of all the idiotic stupid shit to come out of a politician's garbage hole, this is a new low ! Vote it out !

KMdale
KMdale

I support the all of the above comments.

dsinchrg
dsinchrg

LEO Competitors know this....you have the signature of all the citizens in this country who appreciate the daily sacrifice you make. Glad your out there Semper Fi

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

It would mean a lot more if Homer Simpson Signed than this sorry excuse for a Politician.

magnumforc
magnumforc

Anything to disparage law enforcement and the legal owners of guns. I note he never publicly condemned an illegal alien killing a US citizen but then again, he's a pol;itiocian who panders to the under-crust of the state.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Well, why dosent the Governor just throw himself on the floor and throw a hissy fit!

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

I try hard not to swear on public forums, but this guy is a dipshit!

yelyana
yelyana

I hope when he comes up for election, Washingtonians remember this mental midget's actions.

petenila
petenila

A Governor that should not be protected by law enforcement Officers at any time.Turn the illegals and black lives matter loose in his neighborhood ,for help,ignore him,let him see how it feels to traumatized by these people.do it just do it.

BlueMooseCode4
BlueMooseCode4

Pretty sure the winners will not give a shit if this loser signs their certificates or not.

COLORBLIND
COLORBLIND

sounds like there's going to be a new governor in town lol

Bstn199
Bstn199

So says the man who most likely has 24 hour armed security detail!! Hypocrite

Nlevey530
Nlevey530

Get rid of that political hack!

BLM5
BLM5

Somebody cut his ball’s off

diverrick
diverrick

fire him right now

1sam80
1sam80

Washington has been anti cop for years, the laws there are totally geared against LEOs this dipshit wants to run for President

Captain6503
Captain6503

I live in Washington and I hate it here because of Pieces of shit like him I live on the east side of Washington we all tried voting him out but our votes don’t count over here because the majority live on the west side