Gun rights advocates tour city council meetings to speak against new law

Gun rights advocates tour city council meetings to speak against new law

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Buy Now Fashioned with a sidearm, Washougal-based Limitless America owner Eric Hargrave testifies before the Battle Ground City Council March 4. Though more than a dozen people testified in opposition of gun control initiative I-1639, the council did not offer any insight as to whether they would enact a resolution stating they would not enforce the new law. Photo by Mary Broten The Battle Ground City Council heard concerns over the implementation of gun control-focused Initiative 1639 as part of an ongoing push to have local governments in Clark County declare themselves sanctuaries of the Second Amendment, as proponents have called it. More than a dozen individuals testified during council’s March 4 meeting. All who spoke did so with opposition to the initiative which changes state law regarding sale and ownership of semiautomatic rifles. The initiative passed with close to 60 percent approval in November. Orchestrated in part by right-wing activist group Patriot Prayer, the testimony followed gun rights rallies in Woodland and Washougal and an appearance at a Washougal City Council meeting on Feb. 25. Following that meeting, Washougal’s city attorney issued an opinion that generally stated that until the change in law through I-1639 was found unconstitutional, not enforcing the law would be a violation of the oaths of office for city government and law enforcement. A packed house hears testimony in opposition of I-1639 at Battle Ground City Council March 4. Currently, the initiative is being challenged in the courts by the National Rifle Association and […]

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