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Thoughts and prayers

April 5, 2014

After yet another horrific tragedy in Fort Hood this week, we here at the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility would like to offer our thoughts and prayers for all of those affected by this terrible event.

But we know all too well that our thoughts and prayers aren’t enough — we have to offer something more. It is times like this that we are reminded that only together can we address gun violence in our communities, here in our state and across the nation.

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THANK YOU — You made history today

March 28, 2014

Today is a special day.

Minutes ago, Governor Jay Inslee signed HB 1840 into law, a bill that may not have passed at all if you hadn’t taken the time to contact your legislators.

It will save lives by ensuring that people currently under restraining orders or subject to similar protective orders will have to temporarily turn in their firearms if the court feels they’re a threat.

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Capitol Hill Times: Opposing gun bills headed for November ballot

March 27, 2014

The Capitol Hill Times reports:

This November, Washington voters will have a choice between two, strongly opposed pieces of gun legislation. Initiative 594 would institute universal background checks for all gun purchases for all cases except transfer between family members, while Initiative 591 would eliminate Washington’s ability to pass and enforce gun control laws that do not originate with the federal government. As Seattle police have had to address increases in gun violence over the past several years, the contentious issue of gun control hits close to home for many of our neighbors.

We support the Second Amendment right of citizens to own guns,” says the I-594 campaign. “We also believe with that right comes basic responsibilities. As a society we are responsible for keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and promoting solutions that reduce gun violence.”

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King 5: A gun battle in Washington

March 24, 2014

King 5 reports

Two gun-control initiatives will be competing on the November ballot in Washington state.
Initiative 594 is proposing background checks on all guns purchased in Washington.
KING 5′s Linda Brill breaks down the two initiatives and how they’ve already started campaigning. And anchor Mark Wright sits down with Brian Rosenthal of The Seattle Times to talk about what these initiatives mean.

View the segment here.

Seattle Weekly: Washington Gun Battle Heats Up

March 24, 2014

Seattle Weekly reports

Late last week the campaign in support of Initiative 594 – which would require criminal background checks on gun show and Internet firearm sales if approved this November – launched with a predictable press conference, at least for those familiar with the road map to victory traveled by 2012’s Referendum 74, which legalized same-sex marriage. Prosecutors like King County’s Dan Satterberg (a Republican) and Snohomish County’s Mark Roe (a Democrat, and self-proclaimed “gun guy”) took to the stage, selling the virtues of the initiative. Faith leaders like the Rev. Sandy Brown, whose First United Methodist Church in Seattle played host to the event, where there too, as were plenty of gun-violence survivors. It was just the mix you’d expect from a campaign that will cast I-594 as a widely supported bipartisan effort to bring sensible gun regulations to Washington.

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