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Anti-gun advocates in the state of Washington tried to get a gun control initiative on this year’s November ballot, but ran into an issue with the wording, which was legally challenged by gun rights advocates. Last week a county judge worked out the wording issue, leaving the gun control fanatics a short time to gather the 260,000 signatures necessary to get the initiative on the ballot. Their deadline is July 6, only 17 days away.

The initiative, I-1639 is a sweeping initiative that addresses semi-automatic weapons, the legal age to purchase firearms and the so-called safe storage of firearms at home.

(My Northwest) – Efforts to pass stricter gun laws in Washington failed in the Legislature this year, such as raising the age limit to buy semi-automatic rifles. But voters could get the final say if backers of I-1639 can gather enough signatures over the next few weeks.

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After some legal challenges over the ballot title of I-1639 were settled by a Thurston County Judge last week, backers of the initiative started an aggressive signature campaign under a tight deadline. They need to turn in about 260,000 valid signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office by July 6 to get the initiative on the November ballot.


I-1639 includes sweeping changes to the state’s gun laws, especially concerning semi-automatic rifles such as AR-15s.

Tallman Trask is with the Alliance For Gun Responsibility, the group behind the statewide initiative…

The so-called safe storage measure would make it impossible for any homeowner or family member to use their firearm for self-defense in the event of a home intruder. Lowering the age for firearm purchases would discriminate against many military personnel who are able to use a firearm to defend America but not purchase one to defend himself or herself of their homes.




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