Fairfax, Va. - On behalf of Washingtonians and the National Rifle Association for Freedom, the National Rifle Association launched an informational website. Initiative1639.org exposes how this extreme gun-control ballot initiative will add new restrictions on the exercise of Second Amendment rights, regulate ordinary, recreational guns in common use as “assault” weapons, drive up the costs of being a gun owner, and allow the government to authorize the surrender and confiscation of firearms as part of a verification process, all without doing anything to meaningfully address violent crime in Washington State.
"Law -abiding gun owners in Washington State need to understand the impact I-1639 will have on their Second Amendment right to self-defense," said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action." The NRA’s new website, Initiative1639.org provides the facts on how this gun-control initiative will infringe on law-abiding citizens’ constitutional rights and make it more difficult to protect themselves and their families."
Highlights of the extreme gun-control provisions in I-1639 include:
- Classifying ordinary, recreational rifles in common use as "assault" weapons;
- Imposing age-based gun purchase and possession bans on law-abiding adults, including a prohibition on adults aged 18-20 acquiring or purchasing semi-automatic rifles classified as "assault" weapons;
- Introducing new storage requirements that impede the use of guns for lawful self-defense and punish gun owners for the acts of criminals;
- Imposing a new $25 fee on sales and transfers of all guns that fall within the new definition of "assault" weapons;
- Allowing the government to establish a “verification” process to enforce compliance and authorize confiscation of firearms, based on the mandatory disclosure of information from gun retailers and gun owners.
Initiative1639.org makes it easy for voters to stay informed, register to vote, volunteer their time, and download material that highlights their opposition to this latest Seattle-inspired gun grab.
"It’s not enough to exercise your rights - you need to protect them at the ballot box. I encourage Washingtonians who value their Second Amendment rights to visit Initiative1639.org and find out how they can join the fight to protect their rights," Cox concluded.
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