July 28, 2016 Press Releases

Initiative 1491 Certified for November Ballot

Gun responsibility bill clears final hurdle before going to voters in November

Seattle, WA – The Secretary of State’s office announced today that Initiative 1491 has been certified to appear on Washington ballots this November. The announcement comes less than three weeks after the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, I-1491 Citizen Sponsor Marilyn Balcerak, and a large group of supporters gathered to deliver more than 335,000 signatures to the Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s office.

“We are excited to officially kick off the second phase of our campaign and talk to every voter in Washington state,” said Alliance for Gun Responsibility Executive Director Renée Hopkins. “We’re so grateful for the support of all the partners that have made this happen. The grassroots support has been overwhelming. We especially thank Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America for collecting over 10,000 signatures to help give Washington families a tool to prevent gun violence.”

“Washington Moms are thrilled to partner with the Alliance for Gun Responsibility to ensure that gun safety will once again be brought to a vote of the people here at home,” said Leanne Kennedy, a volunteer with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s Washington chapter. Along with a coalition of gun safety advocates, we’re ready to work hard to get out the vote and continue to make Washington State a leader in gun safety.”


About Initiative Measure No. 1491

Initiative Measure No. 1491 concerns court-issued extreme risk protection orders temporarily preventing access to firearms. This measure would allow police, family, or household members to obtain court orders temporarily preventing firearms access by persons exhibiting mental illness, violent or other behavior indicating they may harm themselves or others.

Learn more at https://gunresponsibility.org/extreme-risk-protection-orders/.

About the Alliance for Gun Responsibility

The Alliance for Gun Responsibility works to end the gun violence crisis in our community and to promote a culture of gun ownership that balances rights with responsibilities. Through collaboration with experts, civic leaders, and citizens, we work to find evidenced-based solutions to the crisis of gun violence in our community. We create innovative policy, advocate for changes in laws, and promote community education to reduce gun violence. Learn more at www.gunresponsibility.org and follow us at @WAGunResponsib.