On the ballot: Initiative 1639 for gun safety

On the ballot: Initiative 1639 for gun safety

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Copyright 2018 KXLY.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without prior permission. SPOKANE, Wash. – Election Day is less than two months away and soon, voters in Washington will get the chance to decide on several ballot measures that could have a big impact on the state’s future. One of those measures is Initiative 1639, which calls for stricter gun regulation statewide. It’s a measure that’s sparked a debate between gun rights supports and gun safety advocates — and it almost didn’t make it on the November ballot, until the state supreme court reversed a judge’s decision to throw it out. I-1639 seeks to raise the minimum age to purchase a semiautomatic rifle from 18 to 21 years old. It calls for enhanced background checks for and training to use those rifles. It also focuses on safe storage. The measure states if a person knowingly leaves a firearm where someone could take it, and ends up causing harm, they’d be held legally responsible in some cases. The initiatives states there are exceptions: if the firearm was in secure gun storage, if a parent gave lawful permission, if the firearm is used for self-defense and if the firearm was taken after unlawful entry and the theft is reported by the victim to local law enforcement within five days of knowing the firearm was taken. Eric Hill is concerned with the language in the initiative. Hill is a lifetime member of the NRA and […]

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