From the offices of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, we learn that gun rights groups are working to block an egregious gun control bill in Washington State. The bill defines all semi-automatic rifles as ‘Assault Weapons,’ imposes a statewide tax and training requirement for owning one, makes possession of a handgun illegal for adults under 21, and gives the government open-door access to all data on gun purchases and transfers statewide with no parameters on how the information is used.
Here’s the full press release:
BELLEVUE, WA – State-level and national gun rights organizations confirmed today that they are unified in opposition to a sweeping Washington State gun control initiative that would strip young adults of their Second Amendment rights while creating a registry of gun owners, mandating a 10-day waiting period and signing away medical history privacy rights just to purchase a firearm.
The National Rifle Association, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and Washington Arms Collectors are united in their growing grassroots effort to defeat Initiative 1639, a 30-page maze of extremist gun control provisions.
NRA and the Second Amendment Foundation previously challenged the initiative’s validity in separate legal actions, winning initially in Thurston County Superior Court. That ruling was reversed by the state Supreme Court.
“We all recognize that I-1639 is a hodgepodge of gun control schemes, and we’re united in the effort to prevent it from passing and turning law-abiding citizens into criminals,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “Gun prohibition lobbying groups based in New York and Seattle are using Washington State as a test tube for their insidious gun control crusade. We’re going to stop this nonsense before it spreads like a cancer to other states.”
“The six million members of the NRA enthusiastically welcome the Citizens Committee For The Right To Keep And Bear Arms and the Washington Arms Collectors to this fight,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “Washington gun owners deserve a coalition dedicated to defending their freedoms and the NRA is ready to lead the charge.”
“The Washington Arms Collectors joins the NRA, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and many others who recognize that I-1639 has no public safety value,” said Bill Burris, WAC President. “We must all take a stand against this attack on our basic civil rights.”
Every penny contributed by Washington State gun owners to the campaign will be spent here, the groups assured. They note that the wealthy elitists backing I-1639 have already raised more than $4.3 million, most of it spent just to get the measure on the November ballot.
For more information, visit https://www.initiative1639.org/.
With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (www.ccrkba.org) is one of the nation’s premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States.