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Washington State Raises Rifle Purchase Age

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Wash­ing­ton vot­ers approved a bal­lot ini­tia­tive on Tues­day that will raise the age lim­it to pur­chase semi­au­to­mat­ic rifles from 18 to 21 and impose a 10-day wait­ing peri­od to pur­chase the firearms.

Accord­ing to the Seat­tle Times, Bal­lot Ini­tia­tive 1639, or I-1639, passed with just over 60 per­cent of the vote at the time of report­ing.

The mea­sure also requires Washington’s firearms licens­ing agency to begin devel­op­ing a pro­gram to con­duct annu­al ver­i­fi­ca­tions to ensure that gun pur­chasers cov­ered by the new law remain eli­gi­ble to pos­sess the firearms.

In addi­tion to the age lim­it increase, gun pur­chasers must also pass enhanced back­ground checks while pro­vid­ing proof that they have tak­en a firearms-train­ing course. Pur­chasers must also wait 10 busi­ness days before obtain­ing their pur­chased firearm.

Tuesday’s vote tracked close­ly with a poll con­duct­ed last month showed strong sup­port for the mea­sure. Fifty-nine per­cent of reg­is­tered vot­ers polled by Crosscut/Elway said they sup­port­ed I-1639 and 34 per­cent opposed the ini­tia­tive.

I-1639 end­ed up on the bal­lot through the efforts of the Alliance for Gun Respon­si­bil­i­ty, a group that fights for stricter gun reg­u­la­tions. The Wash­ing­ton ini­tia­tive is the third that the orga­ni­za­tion has got­ten onto state bal­lots.

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After a chal­lenge from gun rights groups like the Nation­al Rifle Asso­ci­a­tion, the Wash­ing­ton Supreme Court on Aug. 24 reversed a low­er court’s rul­ing, allow­ing the ini­tia­tive to remain on the bal­lot.

A group called Safe Schools, Safe Com­mu­ni­ties poured $5.5 mil­lion into the cam­paign sup­port­ing I-1639, accord­ing to the Seat­tle Times. Paul Allen, the late co-founder of Microsoft, con­tributed more than $1.2 mil­lion to the cam­paign. For­mer Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife con­tributed $1 mil­lion.

Paul Allen at Cen­tu­ryLink Field on Octo­ber 1, 2017 in Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton. Allen, who helped fund I-1639, died on Oct. 15 after a bat­tle with can­cer. (Pho­to Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Gun rights groups vehe­ment­ly opposed I-1639.

This mea­sure treats all gun own­ers, espe­cial­ly young adults, like crim­i­nal sus­pects,” Cit­i­zens Com­mit­tee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms Chair­man Alan Gotlieb has said. “In short, Wash­ing­ton prides itself for being against dis­crim­i­na­tion, except when it comes to gun own­er­ship. Then prin­ci­ple is sac­ri­ficed for polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness, and social prej­u­dice becomes accept­able.”

The NRA’s Insti­tute for Leg­isla­tive Action called on vot­ers to reject the ini­tia­tive, which the gun rights group assert­ed would impose “dra­con­ian mea­sures” on gun own­ers.

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