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Police Oppose Washington State Gun Law

From NRA ILA:

“The people of Washington deserve to know that the sheriffs and police officers throughout the Evergreen State believe that Initiative 1639 is an attack on every law-abiding citizen’s constitutional rights,” said Keely Hopkins, NRA Washington state director. “After learning that Washington’s premier law enforcement associations oppose this initiative, we hope the Washington voters will finally realize that 1639 is nothing more than a feel good measure that will have zero impact on crime.”

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Judge Abridges First Amendment

From Washington Free Beacon:

“Judge Lasnik’s ruling involves some of the most amazing legal acrobatics I’ve ever seen,” Alan Gottlieb, founder of the group, told the Free Beacon. “He has accepted the plaintiffs’ claim that the CAD files are only available on the so-called ‘Dark Web,’ but that’s not at all accurate. The files are available on the normal Internet, and now, thanks to the court, they are available by links in the court record. It is particularly disturbing that Judge Lasnik admitted that the court has decided to not fully explore all the issues because of its limited record, while presuming that we have a First Amendment right to disseminate the CAD files. Then he caps it off by saying that our First Amendment right is only abridged, but not abrogated. That’s like saying the government is only stepping on your neck, they haven’t completely crushed your windpipe.”

“If this case had to do with anything besides guns, we all know that the court would stop this nonsense in a heartbeat and we wouldn’t even be talking about it,” he told the Free Beacon. But because this involves publishing information about guns, suddenly the First Amendment is being treated differently, because the Second Amendment is somehow involved.”

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Washington Gun Control Measure Allowed Despite Problems

From MyNorthwest.com:

The billionaires behind I-1639 — at least two of whom apparently enjoy armed guards for themselves — didn’t bother to put the full text of the measure on the initiatives people signed: it-is-not-there. That is not even questionable. There is the proposed law and there is what people signed: the two documents are-not-the-same. Here, used with the permission of WeTheGoverned.com, is the initiative people signed. The red ink indicates where the language has been altered, ignored or changed. This is-not-the-full-text of the measure.

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Judge Blocks Washington Ballot Initiative

From Guns.com:

Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon ruled that the petitions circulated by paid canvassing groups working for the Alliance for Gun Responsibility failed to meet state requirements for readability and did not contain a full and correct copy of the printed measure — which Second Amendment advocates characterized as using “microscopic” text. Dixon said his decision was an easy one.

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Explanation Of Futile Injunction Against Defense Distributed

From National Review:

We are in the grips of a bizarre political panic that is disconnected from the facts and the law but is deeply connected not just to the larger culture war over gun rights in the United States but also to the deep suspicion of virtually any action taken by the Trump administration. There was a time when we could have greater confidence in federal courts to take a breath, soberly consider the issues, and introduce a measure of reason and rationality to legal debate. In some courts — especially when Trump administration actions are at issue — those days are long past.

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Anti-Rights Initiative Brings Lawsuits In Washington State

From Guns.com:

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman certified the I-1639 “Gun Violence Prevention” ballot referendum for the November General Election after examining a random sample of 11,380 of the 378,085 signatures submitted by its sponsors. Wyman, a Republican, cautioned that “concerns remain” about the whether the format of the petition signature sheets complies with statutory requirements — as previously questioned by the gun rights groups — but said the initiative could move forward.

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SAF and NRA Sue Seattle Over Gun Storage

From The Hill:

The NRA, a gun rights group called The Second Amendment Foundation and two gun-owning Seattle individuals accuse the city of violating the state’s preemption statute with its new “safe storage” gun law, according to KOMO News.

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Washington Cities Looking At Gun Storage Laws

From My Northwest:

Communities not far from Seattle are now considering their own safe gun storage regulations after the Emerald City passed its own.

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Seattle Pushing Gun Lock Mandate

From Guns.com:

Leaders in Washington’s largest city are moving forward with a plan to mandate safe gun storage and penalize those who fail to report lost or stolen guns.

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Armed Citizen Kills Carjacker

From Guns.com:

Police in Washington say armed civilians brought a halt to a carjacking spree that left multiple crime scenes, two injured and a suspect dead.

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Washington Bill To Require Insurance For Gun Owners

From MyNorthwest.com:

Sen. Maralyn Chase (D-Edmonds) says people have to buy insurance for their homes, their cars, and other items, so having it for guns makes sense to her.

Chase insists her bill is not about gun control, but rather public and private protections.

“I fully believe in Second Amendment rights, however, with those rights come great responsibilities,” Chase said. “We see the destructive power of guns almost nightly on the news and yet we do not require gun owners to have any type of liability insurance. Requiring liability insurance may cause an irresponsible gun owner to exercise extra care in preventing firearm-related accidents, especially in tragic accidents involving children.”

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P.W. Arms Sues ATF Over Ammo Ban

From Guns.com:

P.W. Arms, Inc., a wholesaler in Redmond, filed suit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in a Seattle federal court on Dec. 18. The lawsuit alleges the ATF incorrectly classified the ammo 7N6, a 5.45x39mm rifle round, as “armor piercing” and in turn prohibited it from importation after permitting the company to do so.

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Spokane Sheriff Says Constitutionalists Are As Dangerous As ISIS

From Chuck Baldwin Live:

On the front cover of Washington State’s August 2015 “Inlander” magazine, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is shown hands on hips standing on top of the “Don’t Tread On Me” (Gadsden) flag. The title of the article is “Daring To Tread.”

The sheriff and at least one of his deputies have verbalized opinions that “constitutionalists” are threats to the sheriff’s office, the federal government, and to the country itself. Sheriff Knezovich even went so far as to compare “constitutionalists” with the Sunni Muslim terror group ISIS. The deputy indicated that the presence of armed “constitutionalists” in the county was the principal reason why the sheriff’s office was amassing military equipment. When asked to name names as to who he was referring to, Spokane County’s highest-ranking law enforcement officer (Sheriff Knezovich) named Washington State Representative Matt Shea and radio talk show host Alex Jones (who resides in Texas, not Spokane County, Washington).

Add a historical and constitutional ignorance with a personal lust for power, and sheriffs and police chiefs across the country readily buy into the DHS propaganda. The result is men like Sheriff Knezovich and his deputy.

From Inlander Magazine:

This week’s cover story has a lot of accusations being thrown around: It has Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich warning that “folks that want to overthrow the government,” accusing a local state Rep. Matt Shea of “preaching hate and falsehood,” of getting elected based on fear. He doesn’t call Shea terrorist or a white supremacist, but he does warn that anti-government rhetoric could inspire anti-government violence.

It also has a state representative predicting government collapse, accusing the sheriff of lacking integrity, and saying things like “I’m going to submit today, that the Southern Poverty Law Center — and the sheriff that backs them — is the most dangerous organization in this country.”

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NRA, SAF and NSSF Sue Seattle Over Gun Tax

From NRA-ILA:

The National Rifle Association, along with the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Second Amendment Foundation, has filed a lawsuit against the city of Seattle for violating a Washington state law that prevents local municipalities from creating their own firearm regulations. The suit was filed in King County Superior Court this morning.

On August 10, the Seattle City Council approved measures that tax the sales of all firearms and ammunition and require gun owners to report any lost or stolen firearms. The tax is scheduled to take effect in January 2016.

 

 

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Seattle To Tax Ammo And Guns

From IJReview:

If approved, a $25 tax would be added to all gun sales, along with a 5-cent tax on every cartridge sold. In addition, gun owners would be required to report the loss or theft of firearms within 24 hours.

Critics of the plan, such as Trevor Santos, manager of government relations for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, say it will cause residents to “travel to retailers outside Seattle,” and that it’s just another example of penalizing law-abiding citizens, because criminals don’t acquire their firearms legally.

 

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