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I-594 is alarming

Initiative 594 does nothing to address criminal activity regarding firearms. A criminal will still steal a firearm or purchase a stolen firearm on the street and use it for unlawful purpose. A criminal will not go through a background check; this alone should invalidate I-594. What I-594 has is the potential of making law-abiding Washingtonians into felons.

What is not being reported by proponents of I-594 is that the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs (the state’s oldest and largest law enforcement organization represents more than 4,500 active-duty police and sheriffs) opposes I-594.

Even if you do not own a firearm, you should be appalled (I certainly am) by the amount of money coming in from out of state to back an initiative to further restrict your rights. It is bad enough when Bill Gates, Paul Allen and other wealthy Seattleites are putting millions of dollars into I-594. But when former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg puts millions of dollars into this initiative, his actions should be alarming for all Washingtonians.

I have read the 18-page initiative, which reads like an initiative that came from New York, and will be voting no on I-594.

Daniel Day

Spokane


 

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