Washington Voters Passed a Raft of Stricter Gun Regulations

Obviously, the biggest story of last Tuesday played out in hundreds of individual races between candidates that decided the legislative future of individual states and the nation as a whole. But one of the must under-reported stories when it comes to attempts to regulate firearms has been some creative ways activists and municipalities have taken the issue directly to voters.

Photo by David Ryder for Crosscut

Photo by David Ryder for Crosscut

The best example of this was in Washington, where the passage of Initiative 1639 could usher in a number of new laws , including raising the minimum age for purchase, toughening background checks, mandate a waiting period, and generally speaking vault Washington to among the nation’s foremost gun regulating states. The fight, however, is not over:

Though the initiative passed, its final outcome is likely to drag beyond November. Opponents have already been mulling lawsuits, mostly on the accusation that raising the purchasing age of firearms is a constitutional violation.

It would not be the first legal battle faced by the initiative. Opponents challenged the measure to try and block it from the ballot. A Thurston County judge sided with them in August, tossing out the measure. But the state Supreme Court overturned that ruling.

“There’s likely going to be additional work to get it implemented,” said Paul Kramer, the initiative’s citizen sponsor, whose son was injured in the 2016 Mukilteo shooting. “It’s not necessarily a slam dunk. But I have every intention to see it through to the end.”