October 19, 2020 Press Releases

The NRA Comes Creeping Back To Washington

The gun rights group is going all in on the Secretary of State race

SEATTLE, WA – After effectively sitting out last cycle, the embattled National Rifle Association is spending in support of Washington state candidates once again, including Secretary of State Kim Wyman. In 2016, the National Rifle Association spent more on candidates running for office in Washington state than any other state in the country. Two years later, in 2018, they spent virtually nothing. This year, the disgraced gun rights group is back, aiming to keep a friendly face in charge of the ballot initiative process and to hang on to a dwindling number of legislative seats. 

The Alliance for Gun Responsibility CEO, Renée Hopkins issued the following statement in response: 

“The gun lobby has suffered loss after loss in Washington state. In the last four years, they have unsuccessfully opposed Initiative 1639, a gun responsibility majority has been elected in Olympia, and the state legislature has passed more than a dozen gun safety bills. 

It doesn’t take much imagination to figure out why the NRA is desperate to keep a friendly face in charge of the ballot initiative process in our state. After losing with voters time and time again, the gun lobby has proven willing to try anything and everything to undermine progress on gun violence prevention. Wyman’s cozy relationship with the NRA should be concerning to all voters looking for a trusted steward of our elections.” 

The NRA has spent more than twice as much in support of Secretary of State Kim Wyman as any other candidate in the state this cycle. Wyman has also received an endorsement and ‘A’ rating from the organization. Her relationship with the NRA is not new. In 2016, it was reported that she took closed-door meetings with the NRA.