Here we go, Washingtonians. The NRA and the Second Amendment Foundation have filed a lawsuit in Seattle in U.S. District Court. Plaintiffs involved in the challenge to I-1639 include gun store owners and younger residents of the Evergreen State who will be negatively affected by I-1639. One such resident is competitive shooter Luke Rettmer, who is 19 years old.
A press release regarding the lawsuit states I-1639 “violates the commerce clause by banning sales of rifles to non-residents, and that it unconstitutionally impairs the rights guaranteed by the First, Second and Fourteenth Amendments, and Article I Section 24 of the Washington State Constitution by preventing the sale to otherwise qualified adults under age 21 of certain rifles.”
Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation made a statement as well:
“We are disappointed that too many Evergreen State voters were fooled into supporting this 30-page gun control scheme, despite overwhelming law enforcement opposition. This initiative is an affront to the constitutional rights enshrined in the Second Amendment and the Washington state constitution, especially for young adults.”
Of course, Tallman Trask, a spokesman for the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, had something to say, too:
“It’s the single most comprehensive gun violence prevention measure in Washington state history. It will make our state safer and help save lives.”
We will follow this story as it develops. Good luck, Washington State.
Visit the Second Amendment Foundation’s website here.