Catholic Bishops Endorse I-1639
The Catholic bishops of Washington state endorsed a ballot initiative that would boost gun safety measures and restrict the purchase and ownership of firearms.
Citing numerous incidents of mass shootings in recent years nationwide and in Washington, the bishops said their stance is rooted in Catholic social teaching on the sacredness of human life from conception to natural death, which “demands that the Catholic Church engage in solutions to help prevent these horrific occurrences.”
Initiative 1639 (technically the Changes to Gun Ownership and Purchase Requirements Measure) calls for expanding background checks, mandates safety training for gun ownership, promotes safe storage rules, and raises the minimum age to purchase a semiautomatic assault rifle to 21 years old. It will be voted on November 6 by all residents of Washington state.