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NEW YORK – Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund today contributed $250,000 to the Alliance for Gun Responsibility to support Initiative 1639, which would strengthen state gun laws by raising the age to purchase semiautomatic rifles to 21 and enhance the background check system for semiautomatic rifle purchasers, among other provisions.
Everytown and the Washington chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown, are supporting the ballot initiative that will appear on the November ballot. It is another sign that Everytown and Moms Demand Action are all in on the 2018 midterm elections, in which voters can make their voices heard about the need for stronger gun laws.
STATEMENT FROM TESS SWEENEY, A VOLUNTEER WITH THE WASHINGTON CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION:
“Washingtonians are rightly proud of our strong gun laws, but there is still more we can do to make our families safer. Passing Initiative 1639 will help keep semiautomatic rifles away from people who shouldn’t have them, and I will be voting ‘yes’ on I-1639.”
STATEMENT FROM JOHN FEINBLATT, PRESIDENT OF EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY:
“With Initiative 1639, Washington voters have a chance to help keep firearms away from people who shouldn’t have them. The growing support for this initiative is further proof that Americans are planning to make good on their demands for gun safety this Election Day.”
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs