Foundation fights fine print trickery in anti-gun campaign

The Second Amendment Foundation, which fights to protect the Constitution’s provisions for gun ownership rights, says it warned the sponsors of a new anti-gun initiative in Washington state that their fine print trickery wouldn’t work. But they didn’t listen. And now the fight is going to the state Supreme Court. The issue is Initiative 1639, which supporters want on this fall’s ballot. They are now collecting signatures to do that. But the SAF explains they have failed to meet state requirements “for readability” by printing the initiative in tiny type, and they also failed to include a “full, true, and correct copy of the proposed measure printed on the reverse side.” “We publicly warned the initiative sponsors about these problems and they ignored us,” said SAF founder Alan Gottlieb. He also is working with the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. The two groups Friday asked the state Supreme Court to invalidate the proposal and order the secretary of state to reject the petitions. “During the signature gathering process, we were contacted by several people who were alarmed at the unreadability of the text, and also because they could not really tell what changes they were being asked to make to existing law,” Gottlieb explained. “The microscopic maze of fine print used by the initiative sponsors disguised the actual language of the measure on the back of their petitions, which violates state law.” He continued, “When paid signature gatherers told people to ‘read it online,’ […]

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