Court unanimously reverses earlier decision following a gun lobby supported suit attempting to stop initiative from reaching ballot
SEATTLE, WA — Today the Washington State Supreme Court unanimously overturned an earlier decision which had removed Initiative 1639 from the ballot and invalidated the signatures of hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians. The decision stems from a case brought by local and national gun lobby groups seeking to prevent Washington voters from exercising their right to petition the government of our state via the initiative process.
“This isn’t the first time the gun lobby has tried to stop Washington voters from enacting safer gun laws,” said Alliance for Gun Responsibility CEO Renee Hopkins. “When the people of this state have tried to put responsible laws into place, the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation have always stood in the way. It’s disappointing when they do so, but the Alliance has prevailed each time the gun lobbyists and their allies irresponsibly attempt to take power away from Washingtonians. The decision today is just another example of Washingtonians defeating the gun lobby’s callous disregard for our lives and our futures.”
“The gun lobby and their lawyers have been making desperate, Hail Mary attempts to stop Initiative 1639 from the start,” said Initiative 1639: Safe Schools, Safe Communities Campaign Manager Stephen Paolini. “They know they won’t be able to prevent voters from passing the initiative in November, so they have tried to stop us from even getting there. We will not be silenced so easily and we will not stand by as the gun lobby endangers the lives of our fellow Washingtonians. The Court today declared unanimously, that we will get the chance to stand up, be heard, and make our schools and our communities safer, no matter what the gun lobbyists want.”