GOAL Post 2013-SPECIAL 8
Legislative Update from Olympia 5 July 2013
LEGISLATURE ADJOURNS, BUDGET PASSED
GOAL POST TO CONTINUE
LAWSUITS FILED CHALLENGING BALLOT DESCRIPTION
SUPRYNOWICZ ON BACKGROUND CHECKS
PETITION AVAILABLE — DONATIONS NEEDED
The legislature adjourned its second special session earlier this week when both chambers adopted what is essentially a balanced budget. The governor has signed the budget. No gun bills were considered during either special session.
Normally I would cease publishing GOAL Post until the start of the regular legislative session next January. Given the ongoing signature gathering activity with both pro- (I-591) and anti-gun (I-594) initiatives under way, and potential developments in Congress with both S. 649 and the pending UN Arms Trade Treaty, I will publish periodic updates for the remainder of the year, probably on an “as occurs” basis.
As reported last week, Protect Our Gun Right/Yes on I-591 had its kickoff event at the WAC gun show in Puyallup two weeks ago. Thousands of signatures were gathered by show attendees and petitions handed out to volunteer signature gatherers.
Two Washington attorneys, one from Everett and one from Vancouver, have filed separate lawsuits challenging the ballot title and ballot description assigned to I-594 by the Secretary of State. Both claim the title and description given fail to correctly address the impact of the extremist anti-gun initiative. Both were filed in Thurston County and a Thurston County Superior Court judge will determine the final language of the ballot title and description.
Author and columnist Vin Suprynowicz has published an item of direct impact on the background check issue. You can find it at http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=1751#more-1751
Blank petitions for I-591 are available at http://wagunrights.com/. At that web site you can also sign up for e-mail alerts and make contributions direct to Protect Our Gun Rights. While the founding member organizations of Protect Our Gun Rights have made significant contributions to fund the program already, it is important that individual citizens and organizations or clubs also contribute to demonstrate true grassroots support for the initiative. During the debate over I-676 back in 1997, more than 90% of the money flowing to the anti-gun effort came from within a 25-mile radius of Seattle — limousine liberals in tasseled loafers as they were characterized in an editorial in the Spokane Spokesman Review. Contributions to the No on 676 effort came from all over Washington — east and west, rural and urban, a classic grassroots program.
BILL STATUS, BILL POSITION and PUBLIC HEARING SECTIONS DELETED UNTIL THE LEGISLATURE RESUMES ACTION.
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Upcoming WAC gun show(s):
Monroe 13-14 July
Puyallup 3-4 August
“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.”
– Article 1, Section 24 – Constitution of the State of Washington
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