This initiative has so many constitutional problems that only the Washington State Supreme Court could possibly uphold it.

Whatcom Republicans are just as saddened, outraged and angered as anyone, whenever some deranged bully violates the human rights of innocent victims by shooting up a school or other public place. But we are further outraged because these events invariably trigger the left to curtail everyone else’s rights in a futile attempt to avert these abominations.

There are things that would help prevent or stop an attack, but Initiative 1639 isn’t one of them. I-1639 is touted as a ‘gun safety’ initiative. However, most gun owners are already quite aware of the need for safety, and we use these tools according to best practices, while maintaining the usability and practicality for which we purchased them.

It is obvious that the authors of this initiative are not gun owners and have no idea what they’re talking about. What’s more, they’re not constitutional scholars, either. This initiative should make you so angry that you want to leap on your ballot and vote, the moment it arrives on your doorstep. While you’re at it, elect Republican candidates to help prevent the spread of the illiberal Seattle agenda across the rest of an otherwise red state.

The left keeps protesting that “nobody is coming for your guns”, yet here they come:

  • I-1639 violates the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPA) privacy regulations of anyone who wants to buy a firearm. Under I-1639, data collected during gun sales and transfers could be used to enforce a new state “verification” process to ensure that persons are not in “illegal possession”.
  • I-1639 would require gun owners to lock up their firearms or face criminal charges. This strict mandate renders firearms useless in a self-defense situation by requiring them to be locked up. When seconds count, the police can arrive in minutes. What happens in the meantime is your responsibility. If your weapon is locked up, good luck in an emergency.
  • Currently, adults aged 18-20 are prohibited from exercising their constitutionally protected right of purchasing or receiving a handgun. I-1639 would expand the current infringement on such law-abiding young adults to include purchasing or receiving any semi-automatic rifle.
  • I-1639 classifies any semi-automatic rifle as an ‘assault rifle’. Some of the rifles that fall under this new classification include low power sporting rifles such as the Ruger 10-22 and the Marlin Model 60. Any gun owner knows these plinksters are made for target shooting and very small game. They would make a ridiculous assault weapon. It just goes to show the authors’ lack of knowledge about guns, and the cavalier attitude towards legitimate and responsible firearm users.


They haven’t formally taken our guns yet, but they’re making firearms very difficult to obtain, impractical to use, registering our possession of them (so they can find and take them later), and forcing us to depose our privacy if we want to buy one.

Vote NO on I-1639. What part of ‘infringe’ don’t they understand?

This should motivate you to vote. And while you’re at it, please consider voting for our recommended candidates.