He tells constituents via his private email account that he doesn’t support I-594, which would expand background checks for gun purchases to include gun shows and online sales.
Here’s an email from Elfo provided to the Politics Blog by a citizen. The sheriff confirmed the email was from him:
In the phone interview, Elfo emphasized that he neither supported nor opposed 594. He emphasized the need for improvements to the mental health system. Law enforcement needs better access to mental health records. Federal prosecutors need to pursue gun cases so criminals can receive the stiff sentences provided for in federal law, Elfo said.
He mentioned that I-594, if approved, would create more work for his staff.
“I-594 doesn’t go far enough,” Elfo said.
He said he was also remaining neutral on I-591, which would protect gun owners from confiscation of their firearms, and would prohibit all background checks unless imposed federally.
In its opposition statement for 594, WACOPS made some of the same points as Elfo:
The headline was updated Oct. 2, 2014, to more fully reflect the sheriff's view of the initiatives.