Cops 4, Initiative 0: Washington Police Groups Stand Against I-1639

Washington Law Enforcement Opposes Initiative 1639
Cops 4, Initiative 0: Washington Police Groups Stand Against I-1639

BELLEVUE, WA – -( The Washington State Patrol Troopers Association has announced its opposition to Initiative 1639, bringing a solid line of law enforcement professionals standing with Evergreen State rights activists against the extremist gun control measure, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has learned.

WSPTA joins the Washington State Sheriffs Association, Washington Council of Police & Sheriffs and the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association, which earlier announced their opposition to the measure. Together these organizations represent thousands of troopers, sheriff’s deputies and municipal police officers, noted CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb.

“We cannot underestimate the importance of having all of these law enforcement groups lining up with the Constitution, and the citizens they serve and protect,” Gottlieb observed. “Initiative 1639 is 30-pages of extremism disguised as ‘gun safety.’ It won’t make schools or communities safer, but it will treat more than a million Evergreen State gun owners like criminals.”

In a press release obtained by CCRKBA Tuesday, WSPTA President Jeff Merrill noted, “Local, County and State law enforcement officers from across Washington are united in opposition to I-1639. Concerns include the inability to enforce ‘feel good’ provisions within the proposal. Unenforceable gun control laws are not effective. Individual accountability, stiff penalties for firearms violations and consistent, swift court sentences are far better deterrents than adding additional restrictions to law-abiding firearms owners.”

“Jeff Merrill could not have said it better,” Gottlieb stated. “I-1639 is a draconian scheme to saddle Washington residents with the most onerous restrictions in the nation. It would deny young adults the ability to exercise their rights under the state and federal constitutions while forcing gun owners to surrender their medical privacy.

“Washington State’s establishment media has steadfastly ignored the growing law enforcement opposition to I-1639,” he added. “That opposition doesn’t fit with the media’s anti-gun agenda. The media doesn’t want voters to know where the men and women of law enforcement stand because it would doom this extreme measure. I-1639 is bad public policy that substitutes empty promises for real solutions to violent crime.”

Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear ArmsWith more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms ( is one of the nation’s premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States.

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Ron Binnie

The petition violates state law to begin with. You can’t put 30 pages of proposed law on the back of one page and meet the requirements of type size. The court ignored this. Every petition is limited to one subject and this has multiple subjects. People that don’t listen to what’s going on in the world or fail to understand that people lie to get what they want, will vote for all manners of stupid stuff. It took from January to October to get Rep. Kilmer to admit that he is for banning the AR 15 because it’s a weapon… Read more »

Gregory Romeu

You would think that the nit-wits that drafted this dumbassed attempt at legislation would have FIRST consulted with the various State, County and City Law Enforcement establishment before putting pen to paper?


God bless our LEO’s and their common sense. Sadly, my former home of WA State has drunk too much CA Kool Aid and had too much wacky tobaccy to promote stuff like this. I was in Seattle a couple of yrs ago and it looked like a homeless camp within a couple of blocks of Pike Place market.

If this passes, you’re gonna see crime rates sky-rocket around their cities…because the bad guys will take advantage of it.

Timothy Votaw

Law enforcement gets it; the bureaucrats, playing to their evidently special interest-driven constituents, only get that, their moments in some spotlight, but nothing more. The lack of sensibility among these clowns is apparently unlimited. Then, to make matters worse, they want to saddle good citizens with their limitations, their political tomfoolery. Is there an end to it?


Hopefully the voters will sit up and take notice of who is opposing this draconian law. Get up and go vote. Otherwise the Birkenstock clad liberals will vote this into law and you will lose your rights forever.

Gregory Romeu

Yeah, right. The British tried that. Remember?