WA Gun Banners Announce Fund Raiser; AZ Dems Offer ‘Assault Weapon’ Bill

Washington state anti-gunners have a March 30 fundraiser on the calendar, while gun rights activists like these folks will rally at the state capitol in Olympia April 18. (Dave Workman)

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- The Seattle-based gun prohibition lobbying group, Alliance for Gun Responsibility has announced its 2020 fund raising luncheon will be held on March 30, in an email blast that brags, “the Alliance has been leading the charge to prevent gun violence in Washington state.”

While these fund-raising efforts have netted hundreds of thousands of dollars from wealthy Seattle-area elitists over the past seven years, it would be fair to question whether this gun control crusade has done anything beyond making it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to exercise their rights under the state and federal constitutions. A mere look at crime date suggests that none of their efforts—including passage of gun control Initiatives 594 in 2014 and I-1639 in 2018—have prevented a single violent crime.

This fact was not lost on the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, which last month had a scathing reaction to gun control efforts in Washington, where the group's national headquarters is located. Ammoland News reported the situation here.

The Washington experience could be educational for Arizona, where a dozen anti-gun Democrat lawmakers have submitted legislation targeting so-called “assault weapons” and original capacity magazines. Senate Bill 1625 includes a lengthy definition of “assault weapon” and “large capacity magazine” that should be read carefully.

For the record, Washington and Arizona share—word-for-word—the same state constitutional right-to-bear-arms provision. Washington adopted its language in November 1889 when it achieved statehood. Arizona adopted the language in February 1912 when it became a state.

“The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself or the State shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain, or employ an armed body of men.”

“The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself or the State shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain, or employ an armed body of men.”
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What has happened in Washington with increased gun restrictions is telling. According to the FBI Uniform Crime Reports, in 2015, the first year following passage of I-594, the so-called “universal background check” measure, there were 209 homicides of which 141 involved firearms. In 2016, there were 195 slayings including 127 committed with guns, including the two “mass shooting” incidents in Mukilteo (July) and Burlington (October) that claimed a total of 11 lives. In 2017, Washington saw 228 killings, including 134 with firearms and in 2018, the number crept up again with 232 total homicides including 138 in which a gun was used.

This year, the Democrat-controlled legislature is considering legislation to make it more difficult to obtain or renew a concealed pistol license. Anti-gunners are alarmed that more than 647,000 active Washington CPLs are in circulation, the second-highest number of any western state. There is also legislation that would erode, if not essentially nullify, Washington's 35-year-old model state preemption law.

Because of this full assault on gun rights, this year has seen the emergence of energized grassroots activism in Washington, primarily the result of an unsuccessful effort to repeal Initiative 1639, the measure that stripped young adults of their Second Amendment right to purchase and possess a so-called “semiautomatic assault rifle.” The initiative set a minimum age of 21 years to buy such a firearm—the definition of which encompasses every self-loading rifle ever manufactured—and required proof of training. Law enforcement groups were heavily opposed to the initiative, but the billionaire-backed Seattle gun control lobbying group pushed it through with a multi-million-dollar campaign that outspent the opposition ten-to-one.

The Second Amendment Foundation and National Rifle Association are challenging provisions of I-1639 in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.

While I-1639 defined a “semiautomatic assault rifle” as “any rifle which utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing cartridge to extract the fired cartridge case and chamber the next round, and which requires a separate pull of the trigger to fire each cartridge,” the proposed Arizona law is different.

The Arizona proposal defines an “assault weapon” as:

(a) A semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine

(b) A semiautomatic pistol or any semiautomatic centerfire rifle with a fixed magazine that has the capacity to accept more than ten rounds of ammunition

(c) A semiautomatic pistol that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and that has at least one of the following characteristics:

(i) Any feature capable of functioning as a protruding grip that can be held by the nontrigger hand

(ii)A folding, telescoping or thumbhole stock

(iii) A shroud that is attached to the barrel, or that partially or completely encircles the barrel, and that allows the bearer to hold the firearm with the nontrigger hand without being burned, excluding a slide that encloses the barrel

(iv) The capacity to accept a detachable magazine at any location outside of the pistol grip

(d) A semiautomatic shotgun that has one or more of the following:

(i)A pistol grip or thumbhole stock

(ii) Any feature capable of functioning as a protruding grip that can be held by the nontrigger hand

(iii) A folding or telescoping stock

(iv) A fixed magazine capacity that carries more than five rounds

(v) An ability to accept a detachable magazine

(e) A shotgun with a revolving cylinder

(f) Includes a conversion kit, part or combination of parts, from which an assault weapon can be assembled if those parts are in the possession or under the control of the same person

(g) Does not include any firearm that has been made permanently inoperable.

Washington activists have not indicated whether they will mount a fund-raising effort of their own, but they are learning fast the importance of money to build a lobbying effort. They are up against billionaires and wealthy elites headquartered primarily in the immediate Seattle/Lake Washington region. The overwhelming bulk of campaign funding to pass I-1639 two years ago came from a dozen people or entities, including Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund.

March for Our Rights, one of Washington’s grassroots groups, is planning a rally at the Capitol in Olympia on Saturday, April 18. (It’s the same weekend as the National Rifle Association’s annual meetings and exhibits in Nashville.) Last year, some 2,500 people attended, but this year the rally will be held after the Legislature is scheduled to adjourn.

That’s not to downplay the rally’s importance. With the Alliance fund-raiser slated at the end of March, Washington gun owners will be alerted to any new gun control initiatives that might be tried this year. If such proposals as the CPL training requirement or repeal of state preemption don’t survive the legislative process, they might be part of an initiative gun owners will have to fight furiously this fall.


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.

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GAMtns

Nullification and sanctuary cities. A collective lawsuit maybe from 2AF.

JayWPB
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JayWPB

Assault weapons were banned in 1938. The ban is still in place.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Jay, You mean that $200 transfer tax because that is not a ban.

Will
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Will

@Jay,the FFA of 1938 passed licensing of a business/individuals that sells firearms,and also passed laws convicted felons could not own firearms! It was repealed by the GCA of 1968.

loveaduck
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loveaduck

Californication all along the West Coast. Next Nevada and Arizona. Idaho is coming under siege. Will Alaska be next?

OldJarhead03
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OldJarhead03

If it passes I predict a shortage of 8″ PVC pipe and shovels.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Old, A lot can be done with a road flair, a can of bear spray, and some duct tape, too!

OneEyeOpen
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OneEyeOpen

Don’t forget your Tyvek throw-away hospital gown, rubber gloves, shoe covers and a hair beanie.

Finnky
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Finnky

If text above accurately describes proposed limits, and the bill passes — I predict a proliferation of ARs with pistol braces and long barrels. Lacking a “proper” buttstock, they are not rifles. With minimum overall length in excess of a defined value (I think 26″), they are not pistols. For NFA and federal law purposes they are “other” – specifically not “All Other Weapons”… Thus rules above which apply to rifles, pistols and shotguns – do not technically apply to such firearms! Obviously this is a “loop hole” which they would close as quickly as they could figure out that… Read more »

OneEyeOpen
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OneEyeOpen

Many of these so-called laws or bills, are meant to make our lives illegal, and in doing so, these laws make many new criminals out of Patriots. I have tried to follow the letter of the law. But being made defenseless, is not one of them. As a boy-scout they thought me, to be prepared. So if voting gets us nowhere, because our politicians have been bought by corporate America, then it’s on to phase 2. Prepare for the inevitable. If laws are to be passed against “assault weapons”, buy as many as you think you need before the laws… Read more »

Superman
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Superman

If you had both eyes open you would realize how stupid your ‘corporate America’ comment is. Amigo, it is the SOCIALISTS who call the shots for the gun grabbing Dumbocrats. And when the Founding Fathers faced disarmament, did they give some lame azz excuse or did they FIGHT?

jukk0u
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jukk0u

Wouldn’t you know it: Their meeting is on a work day. Since I’m not part of the leisure class, I have to work that day. IF I can arrange to have time off I plan to stage a sidewalk counter demonstration of the WA anti-gunners’ meeting.

Richard H
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Richard H

It seems that this is a banner year (pun intended) for the anti gun people in just about every state. I know, and agree, that we need to really push our side to get out and vote, not only against these insane laws but the politicians who push them as well. However, when that side seems to have so much more money, along with the media influence to back them and thereby getting the uninformed to vote along with them, how are we to compete? Will it come to the point that it just might be necessary to march on… Read more »

jukk0u
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jukk0u

The marches, e.g. in VA, have little effect, obviously. Their gun bans sailed right through their legislature. Voting, campaigning (for the right candidates) and engaging those already elected are where the rubber hits the road. Since there has been lackluster effort in that regard, nationwide, I don’t have much hope that your call to arms would garner much of a turnout. I cannot believe the resistance I encounter from GUN OWNERS when I urge them to simply email their representatives or to even vote. Pitiful only begins to describe my opinion of them. Endeavor to persevere is the best I… Read more »

OneEyeOpen
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OneEyeOpen

Pitiful is an excellent description. These gun owners, may scream the loudest, but try getting them to agree or unite, on a cause, may be a complete waste of time. When these items, are made illegal, do they have to purchase them back at MSRP, as with the bump stocks, by the states? Some have paid big money, for these so called “assault weapons”. You don’t expect them to give, a $3,000 plus rifle away, at a complete lose. What about all the add-ons, for this weapon. A scope could run over $2,000, custom triggers $300, cases $300-400, magazines $20X20… Read more »

StWayne
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StWayne

Any time an unconstitutional law gets passed it is your job as a Patriot, nay duty, to resist. Don’t be fooled by all this flowery talk regarding “common sense gun laws” because as a law abiding citizen, you already practice this on a daily basis. Laws of this nature are designed for one thing, and one thing only: to disarm the citizenship because a takeover is coming. The one thing all tyrants have in common, even as proven throughout history, is that to successfully keep the reigns of power, the ability for the people to defend themselves must go. Just… Read more »

OneEyeOpen
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Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. Do not be to severe upon their errors, but reclaim them by enlightening them. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges and Governors shall become wolves. Thomas Jefferson

Core
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Core

The Democrats and their corrupt Legislators and Judges are landing a finishing stroke on the Second Amendment as we speak. If we don’t get SCOTUS to stop these unconstitutional laws the US Constitution is finished along with the rest of our rights. President Trump must take action!

Doszap
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Doszap

Bloomberg and his billions are getting this ball rolling and all the WHORES for Mammon are selling out,time to get rid of them.
If the next election cycle doesn’t it, extreme measures I fear are coming.
I cannot stand the racist, bigot,smarmy short little SOB.He has the personality of a slug,But his WHORE $$ is doing immeasurable damage to this NATION.
HE is a threat to OUR WY OF LIFE.
HE must be stopped sent back to the excrement hole he calls home.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Dos, WHORES for Mammon?! I did not even know Mammon was running for office.

JFCrosby
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JFCrosby

These are a disgusting lot of people, just as disgusting as the Indian scammers who call at all hours trying to steal our money. Useless pieces of poop…

Arizona
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Arizona

Thankfully, we still have a majority of patriots in the AZ house and senate. This crap won’t pass.

But we need to take out the trash, those that sponsored this bill.

nrringlee
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If you are not a member of the Arizona Citizens Defense League you are part of the problem and not part of the solution. There are 17,000 members. How many gun owners are there in the Grand Canyon State? I work the gun shows and have heard all of the reasons why gun owners see no need to join and support AZCDL. Bottom line: number one grass roots gun rights group in the nation, seventh year in a row. Now, tell me how you are going to stand alone against Bloomberg’s billions.

JPM
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JPM

I’m a proud supporting member of the Arizona Citizens Defense League (ACDL) here in Arizona and you are absolutely right! If every state organization, hell, if the NRA and the other national organizations, were 1/10th as efficient and effective as the ACDL, we wouldn’t have a national or state-wide problem with the anti-gun nitwits.

jukk0u
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jukk0u

Heartily agree. There is NO resting on one’s laurels. The foes of liberty are ceaseless in their efforts. You MUST be constantly vigilant and ACTIVE.

Doszap
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Doszap

One stupid female Hispanic stirring all this unneeded crap, Democrats are HYPOCRITICAL POS,and murdering clowns.THEY know how to stop the Mass shootings, and crime, but REFUSE to do so because it doesn’t fit their PLANS or NARRATIVE.
If you can stand to watch the Progressive bought left MSM Outlets on TV, all of them are like clones of each other.All use the same words one channel is exactly the same s the others.
The Stepford Party.

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

Which socialist, communist, demoncraps are responsible for this? I will not comply with anyone rewriting definitions for weapons, confiscation, delaying or denying anyone their 2A rights. I do believe in the Va. state motto. Out here in rural Az. we have a sure cure for terrorists, cartel operatives, murderers, home invaders, drug dealers etc. WE SHOOT BACK.

Arm up, carry on.

nrringlee
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nrringlee

Fueled with Bloomberg’s billions. Mark Kelly is trying to buy a Senate seat with Bloomberg’s money.

Will
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Will

@Dave Workman,explain just how the NRA is challenging I-1639?

nrringlee
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nrringlee

NRA does nothing in Arizona in the political arena. Arizona Citizens Defense League has it and has had it for over a decade. Number one grass roots gun rights lobby in the country, seven years in a row. 17,000 of us against Bloomberg’s billions. Have you enlisted?

Arizona Don
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Arizona Don

I will.

Will
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Will

Not Arizona now! Damn!

nrringlee
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nrringlee

NO, it will not make it out of committee for one reason and one reason only: the Arizona Citizens Defense League, all 17,000 of us will stop it in the same way we have stopped these bills since 2005. Rock solid, grass roots organizing and action. If you want to support a winning team join today.

Doszap
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Doszap

17,000 out of a whole state that is some sad shit.I feel your pain.

JPM
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JPM

The whole state will never join the ACDL due to the liberals and Democrats in “Fagstaff”, Phoenix and Tucson and the California invaders, and it would be a waste of time, money and effort to even try as they’ll never change. What we want is all of the gun owners in Arizona to join, but even that is a daunting task. However, our percentages of members to the total gun owners in Arizona is better than any other state and we’re getting better.

jukk0u
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jukk0u

I urge you ALL to make the time to go to your State Capitol and TESTIFY (say your peace) at the committee meetings. Make appointments to speak with your representatives in advance of your day(s) at the Capitol. They are (vaguely) normal people, so it’s not scary to talk with them and they should (are supposed to) make themselves available to you. I hear: “It’s a work day” from people who find reasons to not engage their Senators and reps (see my comment above about counter demonstrating at the anti-gunners meet up in Seattle. I don’t have sick time or… Read more »

Superman
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Superman

And a complete waste of my time since both of my WA state representatives and my state senator have sponsored most of the anti-gun bills. But thanks for playing.

Doszap
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Doszap

Whatever comes I have decided to just flat out not comply,states cannot make laws that are Unconstitutional and expect Patriots to actually follow them, they are illegal and are not law,they are traitorous documents on paper by Communists.