NRA & SAF Very Angry that Voters Prefer Not to Get Shot

Somewhat lost last Tuesday amidst the Great Blue Wave was one of the biggest victories for gun regulation in recent memory. Washington voters overwhelmingly passed Initiative 1639. I-1639 was a package of gun reforms, most importantly:

  • Raising the minimum age for purchasing a firearm to 21

  • Expanding background checks

  • Establishing mandated waiting periods

  • Safe storage requirements

Despite occasional lip service to making firearm ownership safe, the National Rifle Association and its ally the Second Amendment Foundation did not like this one bit, and issues a truly amazing statement in support of a court challenge to the legality of the initiative.

"We are disappointed that too many voters were fooled into supporting this 30-page gun control scheme, despite overwhelming law enforcement opposition," said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. "This initiative is an affront to the constitutional rights enshrined in the Second Amendment and the Washington state constitution. This measure will have a chilling effect on the exercise of the constitutional rights of honest citizens while having no impact on criminals, and we will not let it go unchallenged."

My guess is this isn’t the last time that “too many voters” is a problem for the NRA. I’ll continue to monitor the court challenges, but for now, Washingtonians have voted their state to near the top of the list when it comes to strong, sensible gun regulation.