Judge tosses Washington I-1639 gun control ballot measure (VIDEO)
By Chris Eger
A judge last week found that the organizers of an anti-gun voter initiative didn’t follow state law and blocked their proposal from the upcoming ballot.
Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon ruled that the petitions circulated by paid canvassing groups working for the Alliance for Gun Responsibility failed to meet state requirements for readability and did not contain a full and correct copy of the printed measure — which Second Amendment advocates characterized as using “microscopic” text. Dixon said his decision was an easy one.
“I have 20/20 vision, I can’t read it,” said Dixon. “Moreover it is not a true copy. It is not a correct copy of the proposed measure.”
The 30-page ballot referendum aimed to 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 initiative covers a lot of ground when it comes to changing the state’s gun statutes. I-1639 as proposed 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 to extract the fired cartridge case and chamber the next round, and which requires a separate pull of