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Washington’s high court brushed aside a lower court’s ruling invalidating signatures gathered for I-1639 to expand laws about gun buying and storage due to questionable petitions.
In a unanimous ruling on Friday, the Washington Supreme Court said state law allows the court to weigh in on ballot petitions only in cases regarding counting signatures and not how petitions are structured.
The ruling reverses a lower court’s decision that agreed with gun rights supporters who said proposed changes to the law were written in too small a type and that changes were not clearly marked.
The 30-page ballot referendum aims to mandate new guidelines for semi-auto rifles under state law including raising the buying age from 18 to 21, adding fees, training requirements, waiting periods and additional background checks going beyond federal guidelines.
Barring further legal actions, I-1639 will be on the November ballot in Washington, leaving gun rights groups to sway voters against it before election day — a prospect with a poor track record along the deep-blue I-5 corridor — or fight it on constitutional grounds should it become law.
Alliance for Gun Responsibility collected signatures for the measure. The effort received some $4.4 million in funding, the majority of which donated by six different people and groups, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
The primary donors were 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.
Most of the funds went to the consulting firm AAP Holding Company, of California. The company has managed other successful signature-gathering efforts for gun control initiatives in Maine, Washington and California. Paid signature gatherers have a long history in Washington state, with AAP, in the end, making about $2.63 per signature filed on I-1639.
In opposition of the measure, the Washingtonians, the National Rifle Association for Freedom, and Save Our Security raised about $120,000 for the No on I-1639 effort. Put into perspective, the initiative backers have outraised their pro-gun opponents by a factor of 37-to-1.
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Three people died this weekend after a man opened fire during a video game competition at an open-air mall in Florida.
Law enforcement said the suspected gunman, 24-year-old David Katz, struck at least 12 people attending a Madden NFL 19 Classic tournament at GLHF Game Bar inside Chicago Pizza, a restaurant located at the Landing in downtown Jacksonville, Florida.
Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Katz, of Baltimore, killed two others before turning the gun on himself shortly after 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Nine more — including seven gunshot victims — were injured in the attack, he said, and are recovering at area medical centers. Two others checked themselves into local hospitals with reported gunshot wounds.
Williams told reporters law enforcement “won’t comment on a motive yet” and said the department will release more information as it becomes available.
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“We have faced an occurrence that is all too common,” Mayor Lenny Curry said Sunday night during a news conference. “Tonight, we pray for the wounded and we pray for the families of those who were lost.”
The shooting unfolded in front of thousands of online viewers. Contestants — complete with advertising deals — traveled to Jacksonville to compete in the tourney for a $5,000 cash prize and hopes to advance into the Las Vegas finals, scheduled for October. One of them, Drini Gjoka, tweeted after fleeing the restaurant amid of flurry of gunshots.
The tourney just got shot up. Im leavinng and never coming back
— Drini Gjoka (@YoungDrini) August 26, 2018
I am literally so lucky. The bullet hit my thumb
— Drini Gjoka (@YoungDrini) August 26, 2018
Williams confirmed the department retains a copy of a video of the shooting captured on a player’s live stream. He did not divulge the contents of the video to reporters Sunday.
EA Sports, the game company responsible for producing Madden, released a statement on social media expressing shock and grief over the situation.
This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved.
— EA SPORTS Madden NFL (@EAMaddenNFL) August 26, 2018
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A Florida teen died last week after gunfire erupted during a high school football game.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said 19-year-old Joerod Jamel Adams died Friday during the season opening game between William M. Raines High School and Robert E. Lee High School on the city’s northside.
Adams’ friend, a 17-year-old male student at Raines, and an unrelated 16-year-old female student from Lee, also sustained non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, according to law enforcement.
Police said Adams and the male victim were attending the game together and both had known ties to street gangs. It’s unclear if the shooting was related to earlier disturbances reported during the game, but it appears the two teens were targeted. The female victim was struck by a stray bullet, according to police.
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry released a statement over the weekend condemning gang violence and urged city leaders to join him in combating the problem. “I have stressed that we must redouble our commitment to showing young people that crime and violence is not the path,” he said.
“This is becoming our new normal, one that I am not willing to just openly accept, however, as a community, we all have to stand up and say this unacceptable,” said Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene. “It is not acceptable that we as a community cannot come together to watch a football game without the evening descending into violence.”
The district will provide grief counselors for students and have already begun talks with “school principals, district leadership and community members to discuss safety and security protocols, procedures and solutions.”
“All protocols were followed with wanding every individual that came inside the stadium. All law enforcement personnel were within their designated locations protecting inside the stadium as well as on the outside perimeter and violence was still able to happen,” Greene said. “This is a community issue. It calls for everyone to stand up and not accept this type of behavior.”
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