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Gun control initiative ordered off ballot

A gun-control initiative should not go on the November ballot because the petitions that some 378,000 voters signed were not readable, a Thurston County Superior Court judge said.

Renee Hopkins: The conversation on guns is changing

There are several points in Sue Lani Madsen’s recent column (“We need culture change, not a law”) that are inaccurate, but we agree that when it comes to gun responsibility: the culture has to change. Right now, we are working to get I-1639, Safe Schools, Safe Communities, on the November ballot in Washington. A key component of the policy is Dangerous Access Prevention, which would hold gun owners accountable if a child or other prohibited person uses an unsafely stored firearm to cause harm. This policy is built upon successful laws in 28 other states. States with access prevention laws in place for at least one year saw a 23 percent drop in unintentional firearm deaths among youth younger than 15.