Today, Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon sided with gun lobbyists and threw out hundreds of thousands of petition signatures submitted by Washington voters.
“This decision is frankly shocking. The right of Washingtonians to make changes to our laws via initiative has been part of our state’s history for more than 100 years and is fundamental to the Washington we know today,” said Alliance for Gun Responsibility CEO Renee Hopkins. “Today’s decision tossed out the signatures of more than 378,000 voters, and undermined the rights of the citizens of this state in favor of the interests of the gun lobby. It’s not right, and we will continue to fight.”
“Washingtonians already made it clear that they want stronger gun laws,” said Initiative 1639: Safe Schools, Safe Communities Campaign Manager Stephen Paolini. “That’s why hundreds of thousands of people signed Initiative 1639. Those voters deserve the opportunity to vote on a measure they support. It’s disappointing and unacceptable that the court would ignore the obvious and clear interests and desires of Washingtonians to keep their schools and communities safe.”
The campaign has already filed notice of appeal with the Washington State Supreme Court and is requesting expedited review to ensure that the people of Washington can vote on Initiative 1639 in November.