Gun control initiative turns in signatures

Gun control initiative turns in signatures

OLYMPIA – Boxes of petitions with more than 267,000 signatures are delivered to the Washington secretary of state’s office Thursday by a man who refused to give his name. (Jim Camden / The Spokesman-Review) OLYMPIA – A campaign to tighten Washington’s gun laws turned in petitions with more than 267,000 signatures Thursday and planned to submit more planned for Friday. Opponents of the proposal said they plan to return to court in an effort to block it. Without the usual fanfare, a man who refused to give his name to waiting reporters unloaded nine boxes of petitions for Initiative 1639 from the back of a Jeep and rolled them into the secretary of state’s office. He provided staff with paperwork saying the boxes held a total of 267,700 signatures. An initiative needs at least 259,622 valid signatures from registered voters and campaigns often have 10 percent or more of the signatures invalidated because of various problems. The I-1639 campaign said it has more than 360,000 signatures total and will submit the rest on Friday in conjunction with a press conference. Initiative 1639 would put new restrictions on the sale and ownership of military style semi-automatic rifles, including raising the age of purchase to 21, requiring completion of a firearms safety training course within the last five years and a more comprehensive background check. It also requires firearms to be placed on locked storage or have trigger locks when not in use in homes. Last week, opponents asked the Washington […]

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