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Gun-rights activists protest on steps of state Capitol

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — More than 200 gun-rights activists assembled on the steps of Washington’s Capitol in protest of the expansive background-check law state voters passed in November.

At Thursday morning’s rally, state legislators and other opponents of Initiative 594’s requirement of background checks on all gun sales and transfers voiced their belief the new law unfairly infringes on their Constitutional rights. Most of the crowd brought firearms to the event, from long automatic rifles carried openly to concealed handguns in shoulder holsters. About a dozen protesters took their guns into the public gallery of the House just before the brief morning floor session ended.

Speakers at the rally encouraged the crowd to fight the background-check law by contacting their lawmakers and by urging their friends to vote for gun rights.


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  • Paul Kemper

    After numerous corrections and clarifications I see the AP insists on continually mislabeling semi-auto rifles as automatic. Will they ever report facts without an agenda?

    • Spam and Rice

      Absolutely! I do think we should consider recalling a few people in Olympia, they are out of control with taxes and regulations. They need to be reminded who they work for and what their job description is

  • Spam and Rice

    ” Most of the crowd brought firearms to the event, ***from long automatic rifles ***carried openly to concealed handguns in shoulder holsters.”

    Again the shining example of ignorance and lazy journalism, do the research before you write the article. Automatic rifles are illegal in Washington state. The willful denial of facts and unwillingness to actually investigate an issue is the modis operandi of the anti gun movement. I guess all those required critical thinking seminars in colleges are not working out very well

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