State Supreme Court clears way for Washington gun measure

State Supreme Court clears way for Washington gun measure

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Washington’s Supreme Court has cleared the way for a gun-control initiative to appear on the November ballot. The court late Friday afternoon reversed a judge’s decision earlier this month that threw out more than 300,000 signatures used to qualify Initiative 1639, saying the petition format did not follow election law. Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon had said the signature petitions did not clearly identify what would change in the law and the font was too small to be readable. He ordered the secretary of state to stop certification of the measure. But the Supreme Court ruling, written by Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst, said the secretary of state is not required to block a measure based on the readability and formatting of the proposed measure’s text. The justices said “there is no legislative mandate that the secretary must decline to certify and present to voters an initiative based on failure to comply with the requirement that a ‘readable, full, true, and correct copy’ of the initiative appear on the back of every petition.” Be the first to know. No one covers what is happening in our community better than we do. And with a digital subscription, you’ll never miss a local story. SIGN ME UP! The initiative would raise the age for the purchase of a semi-automatic rifle to 21. It would also expand the background checks for the purchase of these rifles. The measure would require people to complete a firearm safety training course and create standards […]

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State Supreme Court clears way for Washington gun measure

State Supreme Court clears way for Washington gun measure

Gun Rights

Counter-protester Chase Cross, right, argues with members from right-wing groups Washington 3 Percenters and Patriot Prayer during a "Liberty or Death" rally at Seattle City Hall, in part, to oppose Washington gun-control Initiative 1639, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. Counter-protesters lined the other side of the street, at least two men were arrested. less Counter-protester Chase Cross, right, argues with members from right-wing groups Washington 3 Percenters and Patriot Prayer during a "Liberty or Death" rally at Seattle City Hall, in part, to oppose Washington … more Photo: GENNA MARTIN, SEATTLEPI.COM OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington’s Supreme Court has cleared the way for a gun-control initiative to appear on the November ballot. The court late Friday afternoon reversed a judge’s decision earlier this month that threw out more than 300,000 signatures used to qualify Initiative 1639, saying the petition format did not follow election law. Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon had said the signature petitions did not clearly identify what would change in the law and the font was too small to be readable. He ordered the secretary of state to stop certification of the measure. But the Supreme Court ruling, written by Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst, said the secretary of state is not required to block a measure based on the readability and formatting of the proposed measure’s text. RELATED: Gun-control initiative sparks face-off by City Hall The justices said "there is no legislative mandate that the secretary must decline to certify and present to voters an […]

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