Pro-2A Groups Rally in Washington State to Defeat Draconian Ballot Initiative

Pro-Second Amendment groups are rallying in Washington State to defeat a sweeping gun-control ballot measure known as Initiative 1639.

If passed this November, I-1639 would ban the sale of semiautomatic rifles to adults under the age of 21, create a registry of gun owners, establish a 10-day waiting period for certain purchases, hold gun owners liable for failing to secure firearms, and allow the state to charge a $25 fee on the sale of “assault rifles.”

What the NRA-ILA is saying about I-1639. (Photo: NRA-ILA)

I-1639 defines “assault rifle” as “Any rifle which utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing cartridge to extract the fired cartridge case and chamber the next round, and which requires a separate pull of the trigger to fire each cartridge.”  Included in this category is any semiautomatic long gun chambered in .22LR.

“We all recognize that I-1639 is a hodgepodge of gun control schemes, and we’re united in the effort to prevent it from passing and turning law-abiding citizens into criminals,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb.

“Gun prohibition lobbying groups based in New York and Seattle are using Washington State as a test tube for their insidious gun control crusade,” Gottlieb continued. “We’re going to stop this nonsense before it spreads like a cancer to other states.”

Billionaires are backing I-1639 in a big way. The Seattle Times reported that of the $4.5 million that’s been raised in support of the initiative thus far, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, venture capitalist Nick Hanauer, and their family members account for approximately $3.6 million. An additional $250,000 was donated by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg via his gun-control outfit Everytown for Gun Safety.

What supporters of I-1639 are saying.  (Photo: YesOn1639.org)

Meanwhile, the NRA has $173,000 in opposition funding, with an additional $24,300 coming in from a group called Save Our Security.  Quick arithmetic indicates that pro-gunners are being outspent by their adversaries about 23 to 1.

Yet, the good news is that dollars don’t vote.  People do.  If the NRA, CCRKBA and the other pro-2A groups in Washington can really mobilize voters come November, the amount of dinero dropped on I-1639 won’t matter much.  Because common sense and the Constitution will prevail and it’ll get voted down.

“The six million members of the NRA enthusiastically welcome the Citizens Committee For The Right To Keep And Bear Arms and the Washington Arms Collectors to this fight,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “Washington gun owners deserve a coalition dedicated to defending their freedoms and the NRA is ready to lead the charge.”

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Sₑᵥₐᵣᵢₐ November 27, 2020, 7:10 am

    RIGGED ELECTIONS!!! YOU NEED TO AUDIT YOUR ELECTIONS!!!

    REMEMBER..SELMA ALABAMA WAS ABOUT BLACKS WANTING TO BE ON JURY DUTY…IT WAS NEVER ABOUT THE RIGHT TO VOTE!!

    This being said, if you were on jury duty, you could also vote.

    DEMOCRATS USE THE VULNERABLE MASSES, TO PUSH THEIR AGENDA.

    THE USA NEEDS TO GET FAIR AND LEGIT ELECTIONS!!!

    DEMOCRATS ARE SPECIALISTS AT BEING ABLE TO CIRCUMVENT THE SITUATION.

  • Dan Crocker January 4, 2019, 1:15 pm

    Looks like conservative voters are now in the minority in WA State. We now are subject to this new law.

    One more example of when the majority rule concept is flawed. I think of the lifeboat at sea where two out of the three occupants decide it’s not worth the wait for rescue and want to end it now by sinking the boat. They vote, and it’s two for suicide and one for life. The guy who voted for life drowns along with the other two.

  • Al September 28, 2018, 2:14 pm

    Yep, heaven knows my Ruger 10/22 IS an “assault weapon”.
    Hell, I’ll bet I could take on the entire Marine Corp with it!!!!!!
    LOL!!!!!!!!
    Man, stupid people just abound on the Left, don’t they?

  • bbbs53 September 28, 2018, 1:03 pm

    Living in the people’s republic of Washington has become untenable. The liberal locos are flocking here and infecting this state. The only solution is to vote in November and move before any of this stupidity takes effect. We are taking our business and the money for our properties out of this state within 60 days because even if this doesn’t pass, and it probably will, it is only the beginning. All of the provisions of this “initiative” were before the legislature last year, every one of them. It is only a matter of time before this liberal hell hole becomes Kalifornia junior.

  • manimal September 28, 2018, 12:12 pm

    gun registry? holy shit. I live in the Cascades in between the loons on the coast the wholesome people across the rest of the state. If this does pass I would hope it would result in law suites and even supreme court. I just don’t see how this could be allowed to stand.

  • Jeremy Jones September 28, 2018, 10:23 am

    This will pass because the west side of the state wants it. Same reason the state went for Hillary. The Cascadia fault needs a full rupture badly. Just fling all that trash into the Pacific.

  • Marc September 28, 2018, 7:51 am

    So Hitler is alive in Washington, ok good to know. When we finish taking these guns away we will finish off taking the rest away. Then we will be able to Controle or illuminate all that get in our way!

  • Norm September 28, 2018, 2:55 am

    Kalifornia liberals infesting WA and OR go the way of NY and Mass. Big Brother on steroids in both NWstates.

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