“Self-defense is the primary reason people choose to own a firearm. Unfortunately, Initiative 1639 will severely restrict law-abiding individuals from exercising this important right of self-defense, which has been protected here in Washington by Article 1, Section 24 of our state constitution.
“The strict mandated requirement of this initiative will force individuals to lock up their firearms and render them useless in a self-defense situation, or face criminal prosecution.
“It goes even further to state that if an offender does break into your house, and they steal your firearm, you would be held liable for that criminals actions — victimizing you twice. Once by the criminal, and again by the state.” – Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation in Don’t Criminalize Self-Defense