It’s vital that gun rights proponents and defenders of the U.S. Constitution vote NO on Washington’s Initiative 1639. This state ballot measure is a prime example of the initiative process gone wrong.
What’s more, this initiative won’t achieve the results that its supporters promote.
What it will do is place onerous and unconstitutional burdens on law-abiding gun owners, waive health record privacy, add taxes and fees and codify an overzealous “Assault Weapon” definition into the Revised Code of Washington (RCW). My great-grandfather’s 114-year-old .22 rifle would now be an assault weapon.
But we still have a lot of work to do between now and the Nov. 6 election.
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Vote NO on Initiative 1639
We believe that everybody will support the Vote NO on I-1639 campaign once they understand that the measure is an unconstitutional restriction on the rights of every American — not just gun owners. We believe this to be especially important here in the great state of Washington, which has a long history of responsible gun ownership. If 1639 passes, the initiatives’ billionaire backers will take its bad ideas nationwide.
Don’t just take our word for it! Read what Vancouver’s hometown paper, The Columbian, has to say about the measure:
“Initiative 1639 is problematic, including what could be a murky definition of ‘semiautomatic assault rifle,’” the paper’s editorial board argues before pointing out that “another shortcoming of I-1639 involves firearm storage requirements,” which the board writes “would be difficult to enforce and would inhibit the ability of homeowners to use their weapons in self-defense.”
Furthermore, the Washington State Sheriffs’ Association, the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor Association, Washington State Troopers Association and the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs all oppose I-1639.
Take a look at just a few of I-1639’s more disturbing details:
- Bans semi-automatic rifle sales to anyone under 21 years of age. (Including a common Ruger 10/22.)
- Mandates so-called “safe storage” requirements that will make it difficult to use a gun for self-defense.
- Makes gun owners “guilty of community endangerment due to unsafe storage of a firearm.”
- Creates mandatory but ill-defined firearm safety training courses.
- Destroy local gun shops by eliminating all sales to non-residents
- Adds uncapped taxes and fees to purchases
- Seeks to enact an annual firearms background check “more comprehensive than” what’s already in place, requiring a lifetime waiver of your health records privacy, even if you get rid of all your firearms.
Contribute to NO on I-1639
The powers that be are already threatening to make us forfeit money donated by concerned citizens just like you. (You can learn more about that here.)
The initiative’s backers would like voters to think this is some sort of grassroots movement. But just take a look at Initiative 1639’s main backers. More than 90 percent of contributions in support came from just 10 donors. In fact, about 78 percent of contributions came from just three families.
Fortunately for those of us who value our Second Amendment rights, we have supporters, too — true grassroots supporters. Lots of them! Thanks to those supporters, we’re close to reaching our fundraising goal.
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And remember to Vote NO on I-1639!
Contact Sporting Systems today with any questions — or to find out how you can get involved in the NO on 1639 campaign.