I’m Gavin Seim, a US Congressional candidate from Washington. I support limited government, liberty and the 2nd amendment and I encourage people to get involved. This is an encounter at my County Courthouse on 05/22. It’s a bit long, but we’ll start with a 4 minute overview. Grant County Sheriff: 509-754-2011 ext 468
The next day I went to see the Chief of Police at the suggestion of the County Sheriff himself. What happens tells you a lot about the department. Ephrata Police Department: (509) 754-2491
This represents the government in many towns all across America!
The stand I make here bothers a few people. I think it’s because it disrupts our tranquility. Sometimes behind Mayberry there is corruption in the shadows. A festering disrespect for the liberty of the people and the many who died to preserve it. We must not be silent. We must get involved.
This happened in my little town of about 7000 people called Ephrata. Like many across America, it has a local government that the people have not watched close enough. A common problem. You’ll see on the first day I get searched and harassed in the lobby of the courthouse on suspicion of having a gun that is actually legal to carry. The next day when I go address this with the chief of police, he throws me out and three officers follow me to tell me I’ll be arrested if I return. What started all this? I asked a question!
I believe it was Thomas Jefferson that said “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty”. It’s actually our job to affirm our liberty and demand accountability in our officials. The fact that it has gotten this bad is our fault. It’s out duty to fix it.
Local officials can turn a simple question into drama and abuse. How dare we question them. Yet they blame their lawless behavor on the person who asked the question, not the ones that caused it. Self governance is what the framers gave us. It does not mean just writing a letter. It means taking a stand and getting things fixed. These encounters are not planned ahead. I’m just going about my business, wanting government to get legal.
Some call me names. Others say my actions are pointless. Some say I’m rude no matter how calm I am. Let me ask. How’s that working for America? Really think about that. Taking government abuse head seems to be the ONLY method that is actually working. We must stop believing the lie that the one who calls attention to the sickness is the one who caused the plague – When our government is corrupted, it is the duty of all who can to act.
Why This Happened: A few accuse me falsely of trying to stir up trouble. But in fact I was just going about daily business. I went in to renew my vehicle license. On seeing there was no weapons check as required by law, I went back out and stowed my gun just to be safe. I took two minutes on my phone confirming the law, then went in to get answers. As always when I question a public official, I filmed it.
Within minutes I was surrounded by three armed Ephrata officers, grabbed hold of, and patted down in front of everyone. Why? Because I asked for the legally required weapons check at the Courthouse. The first video starts with a 4 minute quick version to give you the basics, then goes on to the long version. You’ll note that they knew who I was and it’s as if they wanted to humiliate me.
The next day I spoke with the sheriff on the phone. He said he would look into it, but did not seem too concerned. He suggested that I take time to go visit the EPD chief. Reluctantly I decided to give the Chief Mike Warren a chance. What happened? I nearly got arrested all over again as you see in the second video. Various laws were broken by EPD and by the County here. And they don’t like being called on it.
Under WA RCW 9.41.300) this lobby (entrance) area is not restricted. So having a gun is legal here. The County was in violation of State law for not having a weapons check, or lock box in the building. The Ephrata PD was in violation for searching me as they had no probable cause to suggest I was committing a crime (I had this confirmed by a lawyer). The next day it appears violated the law again by trespassing me off of public property. It also appears that they violated at least 2 federal laws, including Deprivation of rights under color of law and Conspiracy against rights. What a week.
I was a constitutional activist before I ran for office and I will continue to be one after I am elected. It’s my job to represent liberty. It’s just amazing how little these officials care. Ephrata has had a problem with bad law enforcement for some time. This brings it to the public.
What Can We Do? We all should hold officials accountable and make sure they know who they work for. Legally I could have resisted, but I think staying calm was the best way. If it’s this bad at the local level, imagine what we’re dealing with in DC – I plan to take that head on with your help.
We the people have to fix this. It’s time to take back our America. Stand peacefully on principle, affirm our liberty and uphold justice. Writing letters and calling is also good. But we need more. It’s time to start standing up to the bullies. Start demanding officers that break the law be punished. It’s not without risk. But we can rally together.
It can be easier that to think to start and replacing elected officials that do not serve the people. That’s self governance. You can also help people from other communities. If you’re not local to a situation, give them a call and let them know you’re watching. Spread the word, then start working for accountability in your community. It’s time to get legal.
Also go beyond your local level. If you want people in Congress that will take on the corruption and start these conservations. Please consider supporting my campaign and others. Grassroots patriots need your help in the local, State and federal level.
Grant County Sheriff. The Sheriff could take action and has authority over local PD – 509-754-2011 ext 468
Ephrata Police Department Non-emergency: (509) 754-2491
Victory! Today I carried my gun into the Grant County Courthouse! Read the update here.
06/05/14 UPDATE: Eleven days later, Grant County has installed a lock box in the lobby, getting in compliance with a law they have been ignoring for 20 years. That’s the power of we the people. This is not about lock boxes. It’s about liberty and accountability. Ephrata officials are still refusing to address the behavior of their police. Sadly Grant County is attempting to draw focus from their failing by suggesting they may prosecute Gavin. We’re not sure for what, since Gavin is not the one who broke the law.
And finally, a protest was held June 3rd in Ephrata, the largest the city has seen in recent history. During this Mayor Chris Jacobson showed complete disdain for accountability and says Mike Warren will be Chief as long as he is in office. Looks like it’s time to make some changes. Yes there’s still work to be done, but Grant County complied and stemming from our stand, another similar incident just arose in Chelan County. Lets keep the conversation going, all the way to DC — It’s time to get government serving the people again. It’s time to get legal.
ChiefDeputy Ryan Rectenwald phoned to let me know a lockbox is being installed. The Sheriff’s office has still not addressed the actions of the Ephrata Police behavior. County Commissioner Cindy Carter also confirmed the lock box as reported in an iFiber news article. She also said — “This is the first time I’ve heard about a problem. If he had come and talked to us, we could have taken care of it without the hoopla.” — Multiple people have come forward however and said that in fact they have contacted Grant County in the past about this and the issue was ignored.
We started a conversation and public officials have been forced to address the law. They still have no apologized for their actions or for failing to follow a law that has been in place since 1994, but we are making progress. Keep them accountable At every level of government.