Court rejects move to keep gun-safety measure off Washington ballot

Court rejects move to keep gun-safety measure off Washington ballot

Supporters of Initiative 1639 assemble in Seattle’s Occidental Park on Monday to gather signatures. From left are Gus Webster of Seattle, Pavi Chance of Edmonds and, at far right, Jordan Waits of Tacoma. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times) If it makes Washington’s November election ballot, Initiative1639 would raise the purchase age to 21 for those buying semi-automatic weapons, among other things. Backers plan to turn in thousands of signatures this week. OLYMPIA — A Washington Supreme Court commissioner wasted no time Tuesday in rejecting an attempt by gun-rights supporters to keep a firearms-regulation initiative from going to voters in November. Initiative 1639 would, among other things, raise the purchase age to 21 for those buying semi-automatic weapons and require enhanced background checks, training and waiting periods in order to obtain them. The Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility is scheduled to turn in about 360,000 signatures later this week. Initiative supporters must turn in the valid signatures of least 259,622 registered voters signatures by Friday to place the measure on the general election ballot. The Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation and other parties on Friday filed a request for an injunction with the Washington Supreme Court. They claimed that I-1639’s signature petitions do not show all the changes the initiative would make to state gun laws. Naming Secretary of State Kim Wyman as a respondent, they asked the court to invalidate the petitions. But Supreme Court Commissioner Michael E. Johnston dismissed the filing. Among other reasons, Johnston wrote that judicial […]

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