The Second Amendment is absolutely on the ballot in 2016, and that extends much further than the race for President of the United States.
This November, voters in four states across the nation will be casting their vote on several gun control ballot measures.
This includes voters in the state of California, where residents will choose whether to ban large-capacity magazines under Proposition 63. The measure, introduced by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, would also require Californians to complete a background check on all ammunition purchases.
Ballots in the state of Washington will hold Initiative 1491, the Individual Gun Access Prevention by Court Order. Voters will decide whether to allow the government to strip people who are ‘subject to extreme risk protection orders’ of their gun rights. The measure cites people with active restraining orders against them as well as individuals ‘risk of suicide’, but no mention of due process or penalties for falsely accusing individuals.
“2016 will be the year of gun sense,” said Kate Folmar, a spokeswoman at Everytown for Gun Safety. “If elected leaders themselves won’t change the laws that make it too easy for dangerous people to get weapons, the American people will change them themselves.”
“After decades of legislative and electoral defeat, the gun control lobby has resorted to buying gun control by spending [Michael] Bloomberg’s billions to impose his New York style gun-control through the ballot initiative process,” said Jennifer Baker, an NRA spokeswoman.
“He can buy his way onto the ballot but the NRA is committed to exposing his lies and defeating the gun control ballot initiatives that in fact would not prevent criminals from getting guns but instead make it harder for law-abiding citizens to exercise their constitutional right to self protection.”
Senator Eric Brakey of Maine, one of the leading opponents of the ballot measure in the Pine Tree State, said he’s most worried about what may come down the slippery slope in the years after the measure is approved.
“That’s when you start seeing bans on particular firearms, and then they come knocking on your door because you have a prohibited firearm that’s registered to you at your home,” Brakey said.
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