Opponents of Initiative 594, the measure to expand gun-purchase background checks that voters approved this election cycle, have insisted it is so strict it would criminalize law-abiding gun owners who hand each other firearms, like at a gun-safety course.
Now, such opponents are going to test their understanding of the measure during a rally next month in Olympia, where they will bring their firearms to hand to each other.
I-594, which would take effect Dec. 4, would expand background checks currently mandated by federal law to private sales and transfers, such as some found online or at gun shows. Voters approved it by what is now an 18-point margin, and a competing measure, I-591, to ban the state from enacting background check laws, failed.
The rally, scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 13 at the state Capitol, is being put together by Gavin Seim and Anthony Bosworth, according to the event’s Facebook page (screenshot above). Bosworth was a candidate for Yakima County sheriff who came in fifth in a six-way primary race in August. Seim was a candidate for Congress in the 4th District; he came in eighth out of 12 in the August primary.
“Will you bow down and lick the boots of tyrants, or will you stand for the liberty of your children?” reads the event page’s introduction. “I am Gavin Seim and I for one WILL NOT COMPLY!”
“We’re not waiting for politicians, judges or lawyers. Our birthright is NOT to be touched. We call on our Sheriffs, local representatives and legislators to stand with us and uphold their oaths,” reads the event’s Facebook page, adding later: “We will rally at the capital, openly exchange guns, unveil and plan to break apart the entire legislation and violate I-594 in every possible way. Because ALL law that violates the Constitution is not law, it is VOID!”
So far, nearly 6,000 people have indicated that they will attend the rally, according to the event page.
Geoff Potter, spokesman for the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, which spearheaded the I-594 campaign, said the organization is aware of the rally, but didn’t comment further.
We sent an email to Seim to learn more details about the rally; we’ll update this when we hear back.