Group aims for broad gun control voter initiative in Washington
By Chris Eger
The Alliance for Gun Responsibility announced their latest ballot drive last week, on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine, Colorado school shooting. (Photo: AGR)
An anti-gun group is looking for Washington voters to approve a third set of sweeping regulations on firearms since 2014.
The proposal announced by the Alliance for Gun Responsibility would mandate new guidelines for semi-auto rifles under state law including fees, training requirements, waiting periods and additional background checks going beyond federal guidelines. The sponsors of the measure say it was designed to go after many of the “root causes of recent tragedies” by making it harder for people to get guns such as AR-15s.
“Gun violence is an avoidable epidemic and is far too common in our country and state,” said Renée Hopkins, CEO of the group. “Too many people have lost their lives to violence; too many families, children, and communities are rattled to the core. The people of Washington—from the kids marching for their lives, to their parents and grandparents who are calling their elected officials– demand action now.”
The 23-page initiative would set a definition under Washington law of an “assault rifle” simply as any that “utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing cartridge