Anti-gun voter initiative approved in Washington, hit with lawsuits from 2A groups
By Chris Eger
Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman certified the I-1639 ballot referendum for the November General Election but said “concerns remain” about the legality of its signature sheets. (Photo: Wyman’s office)
Supporters of Initiative 1639 were approved to put a list of gun restrictions in front of voters on Friday, triggering new legal challenges by Second Amendment advocates.
Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman certified the I-1639 “Gun Violence Prevention” ballot referendum for the November General Election after examining a random sample of 11,380 of the 378,085 signatures submitted by its sponsors. Wyman, a Republican, cautioned that “concerns remain” about the whether the format of the petition signature sheets complies with statutory requirements — as previously questioned by the gun rights groups — but said the initiative could move forward.
The news of I-1639’s approval was met with two lawsuits on Friday, filed by the National Rifle Association and Second Amendment Foundation in Thurston County Superior Court, each arguing the signature sheets were flawed and inaccurate.
“Secretary of State Wyman has a legal and constitutional duty to reject all I-1639 signatures obtained using fraudulent copies of this initiative,” said Chris Cox, head of the NRA’s lobbying arm. “It’s telling that the gun control lobby and