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WA – GUN RIGHTS – Gun-toting Shea supporters prompt Democratic proposal to restrict guns in Washington state Capitol

On Friday, a group of armed protestors, some carrying long-guns and wearing tactical gear, walked into the Washington state Capitol, demanding to see Republican minority leader J.T. Wilcox, the man who’d booted Spokane Valley Rep. Matt Shea from the Republican caucus after a report accused him of ties to “domestic terrorism.” “People were on lockdown,” says Rep. Tana Senn (D-Mercer Island). “You had lobbyists leave the building. It was intimidating. It was not a safe work environment.” In particular, Senn was worried for the visiting school kids who were locked in as part of the lockdown. “We teach them active shooter drills,” Senn says. “Are they supposed to flee? Are they supposed to hide? Are they supposed to fight?” Senn responded by proposing a bill that would BAN OPEN CARRYING guns in the state Capitol, just like in jails, mental hospitals and state airports. She says it’s unlikely to get through the Legislature this year, but she plans to bring it up again next year. Matt Marshall, the leader of the pro-gun Three Percent of Washington group who’s challenging Republican minority leader J.T. Wilcox in this year’s primary, says he wasn’t a part of the group searching for Wilcox on Friday. But Senn says that’s part of the point. “How is a civilian supposed to know who is the good guy with the gun?” Senn says. Marshall says he’s firmly opposed to the proposal. “I see it as restricting our inalienable rights,” Marshall says. Some people find the First Amendment threatening too, he says, but he’s also opposed to restricting speech to free speech zones.  [full article]


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