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WA – GUN RIGHTS – Debate rages over gun-free zones in Washington

Gun safety advocates say gun-free zones makes the public safer. Local gun rights advocates disagree, and are launching a new ad campaign to spread their message. A new ad campaign to end gun-free zones is just getting underway this week and comes from the Second Amendment Foundation in Bellevue. Alan Gottlieb is the group’s Executive Director and claims gun-free zones have been giving people a false sense of security for decades. His organization is hoping to change that. “Our new ad campaign basically labels gun-free zones as shooting galleries for maniacs, and we need to end them,” he told KIRO Radio. Gottlieb calls gun-free zones “counterproductive,” noting the vulnerability of people should a mass-shooting incident take place. He points to research from the conservative Crime Prevention Research Center, that says 98 percent of mass shootings since 1950 have happened in gun-free zones. Gun safety advocates dispute that research, but Gottlieb says there are plenty of examples to back it up, such as recent shootings in schools, malls, and movie theaters among other public places.  [full article]

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