I-1639 was the only state gun-regulations measure on the Nov. 6 ballot anywhere in the country. It passed Tuesday with 60 percent of the vote in election-night returns.
A state gun-regulations ballot measure seeking to make Washington’s firearms laws among the strictest in the country passed Tuesday with 60 percent of the vote in election-night returns.
The measure led in large western counties and trailed in most eastern counties.
“My generation has been defined by gun violence. We have been defined by continued and repeated inaction by our elected officials,” Stephen Paolini, 22-year-old campaign manager for Initiative 1639, said at a gathering at Seattle’s Edgewater Hotel where Tuesday’s results drew cheers. “I hope tonight this victory is a message to our elected officials: Enough is enough.” Seattle Times
AN ACT Relating to increasing public safety by implementing
firearm safety measures, including requiring enhanced background
checks, waiting periods, and increased age requirements for
semiautomatic assault rifles and secure gun storage for all
The initiative’s authors evidently cut and pasted the government’s generic definition of a semiautomatic rifle and simply inserted the term “assault” in order to capture such popular sport hunting rifles as the Winchester Model 100 and Browning BAR, and also every self-loading .22-caliber rimfire that’s ever been marketed. That includes the Ruger 10/22, Remington’s classic Nylon 66, the Marlin Model 60 and Browning SA-22, for example.
Here’s the actual language from the initiative 1639, and it leaves no wiggle room for exemptions:
“‘Semiautomatic assault rifle’ means 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.”
Another provision that requires gun buyers to allow law enforcement to look at their private medical records in order to determine whether they may have some problem that would disqualify them from having a firearm. Here’s what the initiative would require:
“A signed application to purchase a pistol or semiautomatic assault rifle shall constitute a waiver of confidentiality and written request that the health care authority, mental health institutions, and other health care facilities release, to an inquiring court or law enforcement agency, information relevant to the applicant’s eligibility to purchase a pistol or semiautomatic assault rifle to an inquiring court or law enforcement agency.”
And I-1639 invents a new crime called “community endangerment.” This is a Class C felony-level offense that could be leveled against a gun owner in the event a “prohibited person” gains access to a firearm and then uses the gun to commit a crime. It victimizes gun owners who are already victims of theft, and could be used to place gun owners in jail for up to one year. Ammo Land
- I-1639 would require gun owners to lock up their firearms or face criminal charges. This strict mandate renders firearms useless in a self-defense situation by requiring them to be locked up. The difference between someone saving their family and becoming a victim of crime sometimes comes down to a few crucial seconds. These storage laws may steal those valuable seconds from the people who need them.
- Currently, adults aged 18-20 are prohibited from purchasing or receiving a handgun. I-1639 would expand the current law by prohibiting such law-abiding young adults from purchasing or receiving any semi-automatic rifle. I-1639 would leave already vulnerable segments of the population defenseless to attack.
I-1639 would burden small businesses and law enforcement while placing personal information at risk. Into an illegal database.
Regulate ordinary, recreational guns in common use as “assault” weapons.
Gun registry and gun confiscation.
New background check system.
- Provides Authorities with complete power to confiscate at will
There is much more to this initiative, which is being pushed by the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a Seattle-based organization largely funded by a small group of wealthy elitists, including Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen, venture capitalist Nick Hanauer and Steve Ballmer. It is also supported by anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund.
Welcome to the Nightmare that is the Democratic mindset and if you think your state, your county is safe from these anti-constitutional laws, then you better look again. They are already discussing pushing anti-firearm laws nation-wide.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.