Opponents of new gun safety initiative promise another legal challenge

Opponents of new gun safety initiative promise another legal challenge

Supporters of Initiative 1639 turned in more than 375,000 signatures to the Secretary of State Friday to qualify for the November ballot. It would be the most sweeping gun safety initiative put before voters in recent history, but opponents are promising a legal fight. The gun safety measure would raise the age of purchase of semi-automatic rifles to 21 and require enhanced background checks and a waiting period similar to what’s currently required for handguns in the state. “We’re asking that it should be at least as hard to purchase a semi-automatic assault rifle as it is to purchase a handgun,” said campaign manager Stephen Paolini. “Folks are desperate for change,” Paolini continued. The initiative backed by the Alliance for Gun Responsibility comes after similar legislation stalled in the state legislature this past session. ​​ Paul Kramer, whose son was shot and wounded in the Mukilteo shooting tragedy of 2016, was the measure’s citizen sponsor. The convicted gunman, 19, told investigators he had purchased an AR-15 the week before the shooting massacre. “Will was lucky enough to survive, but three of his friends were not,” said Kramer. “I’ve witnessed and shared in their parents’ extreme grief from the loss of their children. No family should have to experience the tragedy of losing a child to a senseless act of gun violence. No kid should have to worry about being shot when they get together with their friends,” Kramer said during a news conference before the signatures were officially turned […]

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