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Initiative 1639 in Washington State was purported to be a simple raising of the age for long gun purchases to 21. But it was much more than that. A Thurston County Superior Court judge disqualified the 300,000 signatures on the petition, saying that they did not comport to state law. He ordered the Secretary of State’s office to stop certification of the ballot initiative (called a “writ of mandamus”).
The judge stated that the “font was too small to be readable” and didn’t include strikethroughs.
NRA - Second - Amendment - Foundation - SAF
The NRA and Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) had filed two separate lawsuits against I-1639. They were consolidated for the ruling.
NRA-ILA reported some of the things that the initiative would have done:
Gun - Registry - Transfers - Rifles
[Created] a gun registry for any transfers of commonly owned semi-automatic rifles;
[Introduced] a 10-business day waiting period on the purchase of semi-automatic rifles;
Liability - Otherwise
[Imposed] criminal liability on otherwise...
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