Petitions submitted to put gun control measure to Washington voters (VIDEO)
By Chris Eger
Backers of a move to make it harder to get some semi-automatic firearms said they turned in more than enough signatures last week to get on the ballot for November.
Advocates from the Alliance for Gun Responsibility say they handed in some 360,000 signatures to the Washington Secretary of State’s Office last week for validation to put I-1639 on the upcoming ballot. The initiative, which needs just over 259,000 approved signatures to be greenlighted for the coming general election, aims to strip gun rights from those under 21 as well as up the requirements to purchase guns such as AR-15s.
“We’re asking that it should be at least as hard to purchase a semi-automatic assault rifle as it is to purchase a handgun,” said campaign manager Stephen Paolini. “Folks are desperate for change.”
The initiative changes the definition under Washington law of an “assault rifle” to effectively regulate all semi-auto long arms other than shotguns. The new requirements proposed alongside the definition would bar sales to those under 21 altogether. Those seeking to purchase an AR-15 or similar firearm would have to pass an enhanced background check, show proof of training, pay up to a $25 fee, and wait at least 10 days