A judge has thrown out a Washington anti-gun initiative, preventing it from being on the upcoming ballot. Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon tossed I-1639, saying it was not a correct copy of the measure. He also said it was too small to read, which is against state law.
“I have 20/20 vision, I can’t read it,” said Dixon.
Because of the judge’s ruling, the ballots will be ready for the election, according to Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman.
“I want to thank Judge Dixon for ruling on this matter in time for the state and counties to begin printing ballots for the November General Election,” said Wyman.
The Second Amendment Foundation, the group behind the challenge, applauded the ruling from Dixon.
“The initiative process has no place for deceit and deception,” said SAF founder, Alan Gottlieb. “The so-called Alliance for Gun Responsibility acted totally irresponsible in circulating this initiative to the voters and it not only cost them millions of wasted dollars but their credibility as well.”
I-1639 Washington Anti-Gun Initiative
As written, the anti-gun initiative would change the definition of “assault rifle” to any that “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.”
The proposal would affect all semi-auto long guns, except for shotguns. It would also provide additional background checks and waiting periods, as well as raise the age to purchase rifles. Additionally, it requires secure storage of all guns in Washington State. This would make it more difficult for legal gun owners to protect themselves.
The money for the Washington anti-gun initiative mostly came from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer. In fact, a lot of these types of anti-gun pushes are funded by large donors who are against firearms. The Alliance for Gun Responsibility, the group behind the initiative, plans to appeal the decision.
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