Group says it has 360,000 signatures to put gun-safety measure on Washington’s November ballot

Group says it has 360,000 signatures to put gun-safety measure on Washington’s November ballot

Petition gatherers for I-1639 assemble in Occidental Park on Monday. From left, Gus Webster, Pavi Chance and at far right, Jordan Waits. Gus is from Seattle, Pavi is from Edmonds and Jordan is from Tacoma. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times) OLYMPIA — The Alliance for Gun Responsibility plans to turn in about 360,000 signatures this week to get its proposed firearms-safety initiative on Washington’s November election ballot, a spokesman said Monday. But gun-rights supporters have asked the Washington state Supreme Court to invalidate Initiative 1639 petitions, which they say were unlawfully formatted. The clash is the latest — and maybe not the last — fight over what would be the most sweeping firearms initiative to go before Washington voters. To qualify for the November election ballot, initiative groups must turn in the valid signatures of least 259,622 registered voters signatures by Friday. The Alliance has easily cleared that, according to Tallman Trask, communications manager for the group. “We’re happy with where we landed on the numbers,” Trask said. Among other things, I-1639 would raise the legal age to buy a semi-automatic weapon to 21 and require enhanced background checks as well as training and waiting periods to obtain those weapons. The initiative would also require gun owners to secure any firearms kept in their homes. Gun owners could face misdemeanor or felony charges in certain circumstances if they allow someone prohibited from obtaining a weapon access to their firearm. As with successful gun initiatives pushed by the Alliance […]

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