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NRA Supporting Challenge to Washington State Release of Gun Owner's Private Data

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

NRA Supporting Challenge to Washington State Release of Gun Owner's Private Data

Fairfax, Va. - The National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today announced support for a lawsuit challenging the Washington State Patrol’s plans to release the names and addresses of individuals who participated in the state’s bump stock buy-back program.

 "Every law-abiding gun owner not only has the right to keep and bear arms but also the right to privacy," said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA-ILA. "By releasing the names and addresses of those who participated in this program the state is effectively drawing a roadmap for criminals intent on guns. Not only is this decision irresponsible - it's also incredibly dangerous."

Should the State grant the request, the party making the request plans to create an interactive map displaying the names and addresses of everyone who participated in the buy-back program.

The lawsuit, which will be filed later today, will put a stop to this egregious invasion of constitutional rights. 


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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.