Vote YES on I-1639: Safe Schools, Safe Communities

by Matt Landers, Public Policy Manager
| Oct 15, 2018

1639 logoGSBA supports Initiative 1639 and encourages all our members to vote YES.

Ballot summary:This measure would require increased background checks, training, age limitations, and waiting periods for sales or delivery of semiautomatic assault rifles; criminalize noncompliant storage upon unauthorized use; allow fees; and enact other provisions.

GSBA has a long record of supporting gun control efforts as both an important LGBTQ issue and as an important small business issue. All of our communities have been touched by the epidemic of gun violence across the country. The kinds of rifles regulated in this initiative are those that have been used in some of the deadliest mass shootings, including at schools in Newtown, Mukilteo, and Parkland; at a concert in Las Vegas; and at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Enough is enough.

Stronger background checks, increased training, age limitations, and waiting periods are common sense regulations. Stricter storage requirements will help prevent suicide attempts, unintentional injuries, and unintended access. Initiative 1639 is a public safety measure, and GSBA strongly urges our membership to vote YES in November, as they have done for several previous ballot measures related to gun control.

Other endorsements:
Planned Parenthood, AFT Washington, WEA: Washington Education Association, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Moms Rising, Navos, Anti-Defamation League Pacific Northwest, Church Council of Greater Seattle, FUSE Washington, Jewish Family Service, Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Washington Ceasefire, Seattle Times, the Stranger.

More resources:
Campaign website
Tacoma News Tribune: Quit Waiting For Gun Safety; Vote YES on I-1639
Seattle Times: I-1639 Would Save Lives and Make Sensible Changes to State Law