(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)
Matt Shea introduces measure rolling back I-1639…
Republican State Rep. Matt Shea introduced a bill last week, sponsored by 14 other representatives, that would repeal the gun control measures laid out in I-1639. The bill also has one democratic sponsor, Rep. Brian Blake. Blake represents areas on the coast of Washington, including Longview.
The initiative, which was approved by nearly 60 percent of voters in Washington in 2018, enacts waiting periods and background checks while also increasing the age to purchase semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21. It also requires people to safely store their guns or face a class-C felony if used in a crime by someone else.
Since it’s passing, several sheriffs and county commissioners have voiced that they would not enforce the initiative. The NRA and Second Amendment Foundation have also filed a lawsuit concerning the initiative.
According to state law, the bill would require a two-thirds majority in the state legislature to repeal any initiative for the first two years it’s enacted.
Shea is also the leader of the 51st State movement.