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"Governor Brown just told millions of people under 21 that they can fight and die for our state and country with machine guns, but they can’t buy a gun for self-defense in their homes," said coalition spokesman Craig DeLuz. "That's nuts."
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Three police lobby groups this week slammed Initiative 1639 which puts a list of gun restrictions in front of Washington voters in November.
The Washington State Sheriffs Association, the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor Association, and the Washington Council of Police & Sheriffs announced they oppose I-1639, a move to make it harder to get some semi-automatic firearms.
The groups argued, in statements released by the National Rifle Association, that the ballot measure will have little effect on crime while ramping up possibly unconstitutional restrictions on gun owners.
“This initiative has nothing to do with ‘assault weapons’ and is directed only at our good citizens who already pass multiple background checks before owning a firearm,” said WSLEFIA. “I-1639 is an attack on civil rights and is an attempt to marginalize all firearm owners, including law enforcement officers. I-1639 will impair public safety, embolden criminals and impose burdensome restrictions on our most law-abiding citizens.”
Backed by the Alliance for Gun Responsibility — a group that was able to get two different gun control ballot measures passed since 2014 — the initiative aims to change the definition under Washington law of an “assault rifle” to effectively regulate all semi-auto long arms other than shotguns. The new requirements proposed alongside the definition would bar sales to those under 21 altogether.
Those seeking to purchase an AR-15 or similar firearm would have to pass an enhanced background check, show proof of training, pay up to a $25 fee, and wait at least 10 days before picking up the gun from a dealer. There would be no exception to those who already have a concealed carry permit or have legally purchased a rifle before.
The campaign in favor of I-1639 is heavy on endorsements from activists such as Jane Fonda, gun control organizations and legislative Democrats, but does not have any police groups currently signed on to back the move. However, when it comes to funding, the effort is flush with a war chest that has collected just under $4.5 million this year. The primary donors are Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen — who has chipped in just over $1.2 million– along with Nick, Leslie and Lenore Hanauer who have contributed $1.3 million between them. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife Connie have tossed another $1 million into the pot. Everytown has contributed about $309,000 in cash and support.
Opposing the initiative, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission, are five smaller committees that have raised collectively about $220,000. The largest, fronted by the NRA, have consolidated their efforts in a Vote No on I-1639 campaign and has allied with the Washington-based Citizens Committee For The Right To Keep And Bear Arms and the Washington Arms Collectors organizations in a joint effort to fight against the initiative.
“We all recognize that I-1639 is a hodgepodge of gun control schemes, and we’re united in the effort to prevent it from passing and turning law-abiding citizens into criminals,” said Alan Gottlieb, CCRKBA chairman. “Gun prohibition lobbying groups based in New York and Seattle are using Washington State as a test tube for their insidious gun control crusade. We’re going to stop this nonsense before it spreads to other states.”
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Rob Pincus teams up with Second Amendment Organization, joining the organization’s Board of Directors as the Executive Vice President.
Pincus boasts over 20 years in the gun industry as both an advocate and educator. Pincus has worked with a host of organizations in the past to include the United States Concealed Carry Association, National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Second Amendment Foundation, Personal Defense Network and I.C.E. Training Company.
Bryan Crosswhite, President and Founder of the Second Amendment Organization, said Pincus’ outspoken and sometimes controversial viewpoints are helping push the gun industry in a new direction.
“His views are sometimes controversial and often confrontational as he has combated ignorance and negligence around firearms and firearms rights. He understands the need for an assertive, inclusive and rational gun rights organization,” Crosswhite said in a press release. ”Our Board has had the utmost respect for Rob Pincus’ work over many years. We are honored to have him join us and we look forward to working with him to accomplish our goals.”
The Second Amendment Organization originated in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting as more and more organizations and businesses began claiming themselves as “gun free zones.”
“A few people stood up in opposition to that movement and declared their businesses as Gun Friendly… one of those business was mine. In the wake of that decision, I received a great deal of media attention and was soon joined by other businesses around the county,” Crosswhite explained. “I saw an opportunity to motivate and celebrate the message of support for the Second Amendment from businesses outside of the gun industry in a way that had never been done before.”
Banding together with other like-minded, gun friendly people Crosswhite started the Second Amendment Organization as a non-profit watching it expand to over 20 states with well over 250,000 businesses.
Crosswhite said Pincus is ready to shake things up adding that under Pincus’ leadership the organization will expand its efforts to promote a Second Amendment attitude in businesses, support and educated grassroots 2A advocates and combat gun negligence.
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When questioned on the one-year anniversary of the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival Shooting, President Trump said his administration was looking to soon “eliminate” bump stocks.
Trump was speaking to reporters in the White House’s Rose Garden on Monday about the new trade agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada, when he took a moment to pause and acknowledge the anniversary of the event that left 58 dead and some 850 wounded, saying the shooting as “a horrible, horrible time in the life of our country.”
Just over an hour into the conference, when asked about the subject of bump stocks and the anniversary of the Las Vegas shootings, Trump said he was nearing action on the devices which catapulted to national attention for their role in the event.
“In order to eliminate — terminate — bump stocks, we have to go through a procedure,” said Trump. “We are now at the final stages of that procedure — in fact, the lawyers were just telling me — and over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be able to write it out. But you can’t just write it out because rules and regulations in this nation are really tough, even for something like that.
“So we’re knocking out bump stocks,” said Trump. “I’ve told the NRA, I’ve told everyone. Bump stocks are gone. But to do it you have to go to public hearings — which we’ve had.
Saying his administration was working on both sides in Congress on the issue, Trump summed up that, “In a very short period of time, bump stocks will be ruled out.”
Since last December, regulators have been researching federal law to determine if certain bump stock devices fall within the definition of “machine gun,” which led to Trump in February ordering the Department of Justice to craft regulations to “write out” the devices himself. Since then, the primary maker of bump stocks in the country stopped taking orders for the controversial devices, although they are still readily available.
Although at least eight states have outlawed bump stocks in the past year, Americans could possess as many as 520,000 of the devices, according to estimates from federal regulators. Meanwhile, statewide bans on bump stocks have sparked lawsuits in Florida, Maryland, and Vermont.
Mississippi-based Second Amendment attorney Stephen Stamboulieh said, should the federal government move to ban the devices, “I’m going to sue them day one.”
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An elephant advocacy group in Botswana claimed earlier this month that its researchers had discovered 87 dead elephants near a famous wildlife sanctuary they believe were killed by poachers.
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