Vote ‘no’ on I-1639

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As you fill out your ballot, please vote “no” on I-1639. The initiative is 30 pages that would restrict the rights of people who already follow the law but would have no effect on those who choose to engage in violence and break the law.

Here is what I-1639 would do:

• Re-define all semiautomatic rifles as “assault” weapons, regardless of caliber or capacity, and restrict their purchase to those 21 or older.

• Require the purchaser of a .22 caliber semiautomatic rifle, commonly used for training, to undergo an “enhanced” background check, provide proof of firearms training within the past five years, pay an additional $25 fee and wait 10 business days to take possession of the rifle. Purchasers will also sign a waiver permanently giving up their health care privacy, allowing government employees full access to their medical and counseling records.

• Require purchasers of pistols and semiautomatic rifles to undergo additional background checks on an “annual or more frequent basis.”

• Mandate “secure storage” requirements that would render all firearms inaccessible in a home self-defense situation. Owners could be charged with a felony if a firearm was stolen and used in a crime.

• Grant government employees immunity from lawsuits for violating the rights of a person to legally buy or possess a firearm.

• Divert scarce law enforcement resources towards enforcement of this ineffective initiative and impede the ability of honest citizens to defend themselves.

I-1639 is not a grass-roots movement but is funded and run by gun control organizations and a handful of anti-gun tech billionaires. The initiative does not contain a single provision that would enhance school safety and is opposed by the Washington State Sheriffs Association, the Washington Council of Police & Sheriffs and the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instruction Association. Please, vote “no” on I-1639.

Dennis Foster

Moses Lake

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