The gun control lobbying organization that pushed through a “universal background check” initiative in Washington State 15 months ago is at it again, this time announcing an effort to create a new “extreme risk protection order” law similar to one adopted in California in reaction to the Santa Barbara killing spree.
The goal is to put their issue on the November ballot.
The Alliance for Gun Responsibility (AGR) – formerly the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility – is a billionaire-backed group based in Seattle. They say their measure will use the language of a failed House Bill that apparently raised enough questions in Olympia that it died in committee.
Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), which is headquartered in Bellevue, a city just east of Seattle, is already speaking out against the measure.
“According to the Seattle Times, this as-yet-unpublished initiative will be based on language found in House Bill 1857,” Gottlieb noted. “But anti-gunners couldn’t even get this bill out of a Democrat-controlled legislative committee, because it totally violates due process.
“Their only hope is to buy the ballot measure by spending millions of dollars to dupe low information voters,” he said.
Ironically, a different bill aimed at suicide prevention and education, has already passed the House and is now in the state Senate. But that legislation, HB 2793, not only has the support of Second Amendment organizations, but they also had a key role in laying the groundwork for what could become a pilot project that is specifically aimed at reducing suicide while staying far away from gun control. Gottlieb was involved in that process, and while HB 1857 didn’t make it out of committee, the suicide bill passed the House on an impressive 93-4 vote.
In 2014, the AGR pushed through Initiative 594, after spending more than $10.2 million on a slick campaign that was loaded with emotion. A majority of Washington’s county sheriffs opposed that measure, arguing that it is unenforceable.
The group received support for that campaign from anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg and his Everytown for Gun Safety, plus wealthy Seattle-area elitists including Bill and Melinda Gates, Nick Hanauer, Paul Allen and Steve Ballmer. Approximately half of the campaign money came from about a dozen people, and the overwhelming majority of their money came from about a dozen zip codes in and around Seattle.
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