With the tight margins in Congress, gun control groups are going to be looking at statehouses in friendly territory as a primary means of advancing their anti-Second Amendment agenda in 2021, and Washington State’s Alliance for Gun Responsibility has already started talking about what tops their wish list of infringements for the new year.
The biggest priority, according to executive director Renee Hopkins? Banning the open carrying of firearms at public protests.
“We really need to have common sense limits on open carry to ensure that firearms are not used to intimidate or discourage people in public demonstrations. People’s first amendment rights really cannot be jeopardized,” she added.
Democratic Senator Jaime Pedersen recently weighed in on the issue.
“We’ve had quite a few examples in the last few months of armed folks showing up at other people’s protests with the apparent intent to intimidate or threaten them from being able to exercise their first amendment rights. So I think we’re going to have a robust question about some of those incidents that we’re talking about,” he said during a policy conference earlier this month.