(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
An effort to repeal gun control initiative I-1639 is underway as a new measure called Initiative 1094 has its backers looking for signatures to make the 2020 ballot.
The approved ballot language said this about the measure:
“This measure would remove requirements for sale or delivery of semiautomatic assault rifles, remove certain age limitations for pistols and semiautomatic assault rifles, repeal crimes regarding firearm storage, and change other firearms-related laws.”
This comes after I-1639 passed in 2018, causing a large chunk of Washington sheriffs and law enforcement officers like Republic Police Chief and state governor candidate Loren Culp to declare their displeasure with the measure that would put additional requirements on gun ownership, along with new safe storage laws for gun owners, while also raising the semi-automatic gun ownership age to 21.
Along with lawsuits by guns rights groups, disapproval from law enforcement agencies and affidavits filed against Washington AG Bob Ferguson, this latest effort is aimed at repealing the initiative outright through the process of the state’s own initiative process.
The measure would require 260,000 signatures to make the ballot, but organizers like John Valle are hoping to get more because they assume some signatures will get thrown out by a state government that he says favors gun control.
“This effort is a coalition of gun range and gun shop owners, retired law enforcement officers, current law enforcement officers, veterans, current military reservists, soccer moms, working dads and surprisingly a large group of democrats as well,” Valle said. “I think guns transcend political lines and we have a better chance of passing thing than say the vehicle tax initiative.”
According to the measure’s on language, it would “remove increased background checks, firearm safety training requirements, and waiting periods for purchase or transfer of semiautomatic assault rifles; remove certain age limitations for pistols and semiautomatic assault rifles; repeal crimes related to firearm storage and firearm sales to unauthorized persons; modify requirements for private, non-dealer transfer of firearms; and repeal or amend other firearms-related laws, including requirements for record keeping, notification to law enforcement of firearms sales and denials, and background checks.”
For the goal to be met, the measure will need to get 5,000 valid signatures a day and they want to turn in 300K by Jan. 2, 2020.
Valle said he has been contacted by several businesses, including pawn shops, gun rangers and gun shops where the measure can be distributed through the state to be signed. He added that gun shows are also looking to have the measure available for citizens to sign.
They also plan on having several signature gathering events in the state, including one in Colville at a to-be-determined date.
“A lot of people feel duped about the initiative,” Valle said.
For more info on the gun control repeal effort, you can go to www.facebook.com/groups/759813111155782/
The measure will also be at Clarks All Sports in Colville for people to sign as well as Red Bridge Farms in Kettle Falls and 3 Aces in Spokane.