Washington Gun Rights Activists Prep for April 27, 2019, Rally

Opinion

More than 2,500 gun owners turned out for the 2018 March For Our Rights in Olympia, Washington. They'll be back on April 27. (Dave Workman)

Washington  – -(AmmoLand.com)- Evergreen State gun owners and Second Amendment activists are planning a big April 27 rally on the Capitol steps in Olympia that is shaping up to be bigger than a gathering there in 2018 that drew a crowd of some 2,500.

It’s the second annual “March For Our Rights” and the lineup of scheduled speakers include local lawmakers and activists, plus Maj Toure of Black Guns Matter, Savannah Lindquist with the Ladies of Liberty Alliance, Derek LeBlanc from Kids Safe Org., and Kerry Stone with We the Females, according to a schedule posted at the MFOR Facebook page.

The rally kicks off at noon, and it is not the only big activity happening that day. The Washington Arms Collectors is holding a big gun show at the Puyallup Fairgrounds about 40 miles and one county away that same weekend. Over the past two months, WAC members have been digging into their wallets to support a federal lawsuit challenging anti-gun Initiative 1639, which was passed by voters last fall. The measure raised the minimum age to purchase a semiautomatic rifle in Washington to 21, and defined every semi-auto rifle in the state as a “semiautomatic assault rifle.”

The lawsuit was filed by the Second Amendment Foundation and National Rifle Association in U.S. District Court in Tacoma. So far, WAC members have contributed thousands of dollars to help pay the legal expenses.

While WAC members will be raising cash, the MFOR rally will raise awareness that Evergreen State gun owners are fighting back. Several onerous gun control bills have already died in the Legislature, and a good turnout will signal to state lawmakers that these activists, with their rights under attack, will remember their friends and foes in November 2020.

Washington and neighboring Oregon have, as reported earlier, become something of a petri dish for the gun prohibition lobby.

North of the Columbia, wealthy elitists bankrolling the Seattle-based Alliance for Gun Responsibility has pushed through three anti-rights initiatives since 2014. Down in Salem, anti-gun Democrats holding the legislative majority in Salem are moving forward with Senate Bill 978, which is loaded with new restrictions.

One of those tenets, a requirement to lock up guns in the home unless they are being carried or under the control of the homeowner or “an authorized person,” might have a problem.

In the 2008 Heller ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court said “the requirement that any lawful firearm in the home be disassembled or bound by a trigger lock makes it impossible for citizens to use arms for the core lawful purpose of self-defense and is hence unconstitutional.”

While that issue may need some sorting out, the Oregon Firearms Federation has been urging its members to pressure Republican lawmakers to walk out. OFF has called SB 978 “the Felon Factory” because its various elements could allegedly turn law-abiding gun owners into criminals.

An eye-opening backdrop to this regional activism might be found in a Washington Post story about how Democrats now running for president have embraced gun control. One remark from a Cleveland union group revealed what might be a problem for both sides of the gun issue.

The newspaper reported that “several local (trade union) leaders said that the Democrats need to assure voters that their hunting and hobbies will be safe.” But out in the Northwest, gun owners preparing for the April 27 rally would be quick to explain that this fight isn’t about hunting or hobbies, it’s about protecting a constitutionally-enumerated fundamental right.

The Washington Post quoted Patrick J. Corrigan from the Head and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 3 in Cleveland, stating, “I want to hear them (Democrats) say, ‘I’m not going to take your guns.’ That’s a big issue for my members.”

It might also be a plea for nothing more than lip service from politicians who have made a habit of saying they “support the Second Amendment…but.” Claiming they have no intention of taking people’s guns, and then supporting bans on so-called “assault rifles” and original capacity magazines is political double-speak that no longer fools anybody unless they just want to hear something reassuring that ultimately becomes meaningless.

One week before the MFOR rally in Olympia, several gun prohibition lobbying groups will gather in Seattle at City Hall for a discussion on Extreme Risk Protection Orders and other gun control efforts. The April 20 event begins with a rally at City Hall Plaza featuring anti-gun Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Whether that anti-rights event will attract counter-demonstrators remains to be seen. Anti-gunners have turned up at gun rights rallies in the past, and Second Amendment activists just might think it’s time for some karma.

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About Dave WorkmanDave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

 

  • 15 thoughts on “Washington Gun Rights Activists Prep for April 27, 2019, Rally

    1. In Whatcom County, I haven’t heard a word on this event or carpooling opportunities to it.
      I’d like to attend, but can’t justify it on my own.
      If you happen to know anyone in the Bellingham area carpooling down, please let me know.
      Thanks!

    2. I am joining in. As a new activist I am standing up for our God given right to bear arms as stated in our founding documents. I have plans for bringing the copies to the rally and placing them on posterboard. These liberal senators need to be voted out of office. The hippocracy of them being Pro-abortion yet ant gun is unbelievable. Patty Murry was the one senator that is responsible for stopping the bill to initiate late term abortion… How can they be so Pro Kill the innocent pre-born yet call for gun banning to save the school shootings and other mass murder. We need our citizens to be armed and educated. All the statistics point to the fact that when there are guns in the hands of the citizens crime rates drop.. countries like Great Brittain now have no guns yet they have skyrocketing knife violence and acid attacks. Guess who is committing these…….yes the Islamic fundamentalists. No one is taking my gun away from me and I plan on obtaining CCP in the future.

    3. I believe this rally needs a little more visibility. I had a hard time finding details. I still can’t find the start time and duration of the rally.

    4. Dave Workman, it is good to see you jumping into the fray on a regular basis. I’ve seen your work pop up in a number of places.

      things have come a long way downhill since my early days with WAC, back before the Lakewood Cutter’s Point police murder and Dimwit Adam Kline’s kneejerk response “assault weapon ban” (the murder was committed with a handgun illegally supplied by a relative, as he was a felon and in violation of his parole so Prohibited Person. The supplier last I knew was still serving her sentence as an accessory to the four murders).

      That event in this state is what launched a long string of heavy anti-gun attacks upon we who live here. Of late you have done a good job of exposing these attempts to disarm us. Thanks for your hard work, and I’m glad to see it now on a national stage here with Ammoland and a couple other resources.

    5. I hope these progun protesters be careful because groups like antifa now have a habit of attacking progun rallies.

      1. Let them. The Washington State Patrol, charged wiht security on the Capitol Campus, won’t tolerate such nonsense. They WILL be there….. close in, uniformed, close in plainclothes, and at a conenient distance, uniformed and not. Those guys are good…. at a similar rally two years ago they were all over, enjoying themselves, chatting iwht folks, but obviously paying attention. No incidents if an sort. They also stod quietly by as a couple thousand of us became felons by passing rifles one to another, effecting a few million”transfers” without the newly requisiste background checks for each “transfer”. First unchecked transfer is a misdemeanour, later ones each felonies. They saw it for what it was.. poiltical protest and redressof grievance, and did nothing. Most of them were rather amused, I guess severak hudred rifles got passed around, one handing it off to the next racking up the felonies. Dave Workman was there, too, along with David Codrea and Mike VanderBaugh. A few of our state reps and senators were “transferring” those rifles, too.

      1. They certainly won’t change their minds if you DON’T show up. Politicians count numbers (potential votes) and respond to clamor in their offices. We MUST engage, show strength in numbers and resolve.

        Taking the time to contact your representatives (email, snail-mail, town halls, phone calls, in-office meetings) is essential. The Anti’s have been very effective at it and that is why there is a FLOOD of anti-gun legislation. YOU are responsible for turning that tide.

      1. .

        In the 2008 Heller ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court said “the requirement that any lawful firearm in the home be disassembled or bound by a trigger lock makes it impossible for citizens to use arms for the core lawful purpose of self-defense and is hence unconstitutional.”

        Looks pretty plain and simple to me. These lawmakers, if you can call them that, need to be removed from office for the violation of our Constitution. Oregon held a rally this month in Salem. The media said 2000 people showed up, but the State Police said there was over 4000. Imagine that. Not sure it did much good. The Oregon Legislators
        seem to be taking it out on law abiding Oregon gun owners. MOLON LABE

        1. Find an honest sheriff and have then charged with felony perjury, the swearing an oath then refusing ti keep it. Once charged, no guns….. once convicted no guns for a long time, probable prison time, no public office, no government employment, no vote.

          Treason is another possible charge, but harder to support with evidence.

        2. dg,
          “These lawmakers, if you can call them that,.need to be removed from office for …”
          Therein lies the rub. In this case , the lawmakers were all the citizens who voted for Initiative 1639.
          I-1639 was a conglomeration of ALL the anti-gun measures that never got out of committee in the WA legislature earlier that year (freshly re-sponsored after Parkland). It’s so riddled with rights violations, conflicts and confusion ,a special clause was added to hold harmless all officials who improperly administered, executed or enforced it one way or the other, without proof of malicious intent. In reality, the lawmakers were the elitist billionaires, who are becoming quite adept at subverting State initiative processes to their own purposes.

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