Supporters of Initiative 594, the 18-page gun control measure in Washington State that was passed by voters last fall – and is now subject of a federal lawsuit spearheaded by the Second Amendment Foundation – have filed a motion in federal district court to intervene in the case…as defendants.
The federal lawsuit was filed Dec. 30 by the SAF and several other groups and private individuals, including Joe Waldron, legislative director for the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
Participants in the motion are Cheryl Stumbo of Seattle, the primary individual sponsor of the initiative, the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility and Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund. They cite as their reason for intervention to “ensure that the interests of the voters who approved I-594 are fully represented.”
SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb was puzzled by the reasoning.
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“This suggests that they (Stumbo, WAGR and Everytown) don’t have enough confidence in the attorney general to properly defend the measure in this case,” he said. “It’s also a strong indication that the other side realizes our lawsuit has merit.”
SAF was joined in the lawsuit, filed Dec. 30, by the Northwest School of Safety, Puget Sound Security, Pacific Northwest Association of Investigators, Firearms Academy of Seattle, the Gottlieb Family Revocable Living Trust and six individuals, including Gottlieb and his son, Andrew.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in Tacoma. Defendants in the case are Attorney General Bob Ferguson and State Patrol Chief John Batiste.
For more, read Seattle Gun Rights Examiner.