• Court overturns I-1639 decision, allows gun measure on ballot

    From Gene Poole@21:1/5 to All on Wed Jul 31 07:17:27 2019
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    The Washington State Supreme Court unanimously overturned an
    earlier decision that removed I-1639 from the November ballot.

    The original decision was prompted by a case brought by the
    Second Amendment Foundation. The National Rifle Association
    filed a second lawsuit in Thurston County on the same day. The
    lawsuits argued that signature gatherers broke state initiative
    rules and that should invalidate the entire effort.

    “This isn’t the first time the gun lobby has tried to stop
    Washington voters from enacting safer gun laws,” said Alliance
    for Gun Responsibility CEO Renee Hopkins. “When the people of
    this state have tried to put responsible laws into place, the
    National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation
    have always stood in the way. It’s disappointing when they do
    so, but the Alliance has prevailed each time the gun lobbyists
    and their allies irresponsibly attempt to take power away from
    Washingtonians. The decision today is just another example of
    Washingtonians defeating the gun lobby’s callous disregard for
    our lives and our futures.”

    I-1639 received more than the 260,000 signatures to be placed on
    the November ballot. The initiative aims to establish new
    firearm regulations in Washington state, including a safe
    storage rule similar to Seattle’s recently passed law. It also
    raises the age to purchase semi-automatic assault weapons to 21
    (from the current age of 18). And it will create enhanced
    background checks for those weapons.

    “Today, the Washington State Supreme Court abrogated its duty to
    protect the state constitution and state election laws by
    allowing Initiative 1639 back on the November ballot,” said Alan
    Gottlieb, founder and Executive Vice President, Second Amendment
    Foundation, in a news release on Friday. “The court never
    addressed the merits of the complaints against I-1639, instead
    choosing to ignore the law.”

    It’s not the first legal action that I-1639 has faced. Opponents
    have argued that the print on the initiative was far too small
    for signers to know what the issue is about. They also argue
    that the language of the initiative was improperly posted on the
    signature gathering forms.

    “The petitions were not printed in accordance with state law
    because they did not have a full and correct version of the
    measure printed on the back,” Gottlieb said.

    http://mynorthwest.com/1090658/court-overturns-i-1639-decision- allows-gun-measure-ballot/

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