NRA sues Washington over constitutionality of I-1639

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The NRA and the Bellevue, Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation sued in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Thursday, saying Initiative-1639 violates the right to bear arms and strays into the regulation of interstate commerce, which is the province of the federal government like the AR-15s pictured here. I-1639 bars the sale of semi-automatic rifles to people under 21 and to people who don't live in Washington, and it requires buyers to pass an enhanced background check and prove they have taken a firearms training course.(AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Two gun rights groups, The National Rifle Association and The Second Amendment Foundation, are both suing Washington over the recent passage of I-1639 which state voters approved in the November 6, 2018 general election. I-1639 involves a variety of gun control measures sponsored by a group called Alliance for Gun Responsibility.

Liberty Park Press columnist and North Bend, WA resident Dave Workman, tells KVI, "what this lawsuit focuses on is actually kind of clever. First it alleges that it violates the Commerce clause because it prohibits firearms dealers from selling certain firearms to non-state residents. It also impairs the 2nd and 14th Amendment rights of young adults age 18-20 by prohibiting them from buying and owning semi-automatic...rifles."

Workman points out that I-1639's language would apply to a vast array of rifles that have nothing to do with the AR-15 that has commonly been used in prior mass murder attacks in the U.S. that the initiative sponsors were trying to curtail.

KVI's John Carlson added, "They're really just going after any rifle that...projects a bullet with each depression of the trigger." Also in the KVI interview Carlson and Workman discuss the federal versus state constitutional questions involved in the legal challenge.

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