On January 15, 2015 starting at 9 a.m. a coalition of local and national gun rights groups will host the first 2015 Legislative Rally against I-594 on the front steps at the Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia.
The grassroots event will include hundreds of supporters of the Second Amendment rights with speakers Adina Hicks (Executive Director, Protect Our Gun Rights), Rick Halle (National Coordinator, Gun Rights Coalition), Paige Biron (President, Pink Pistols of Seattle), Alan Gottlieb (Founder, Second Amendment Foundation), Joe Huffman (Boomershoot), Bill Burris (WAC Board member, WSLEFIA Spokesperson), Rep. Brian Blake, and others that will kick off a day sharing the concerns of Second Amendment supporters with legislators throughout the Capitol campus.
After the rally, attendees are encouraged to visit their individual legislators to educate them about the many flaws of I-594 and promote other firearms rights issues. We need to get a head start on the new bills coming through the system at the next election which have to do with a redundant guns storage law and gun restrictions. I will be meeting with my local reps of Downtown Seattle which should be interesting! They were very supportive of I-594. Any of you who plan on attending we encourage you to make an appointment with your local Rep to tell them they need to “Undo the damage of I-594”. For help scheduling meeting with your legislator, please call Adina Hicks of POGR at (425) 351-4088.
Business casual or formal attire is the norm on the capitol campus when the legislature is in session. Our aim is for gun owners to make their voices heard and petition their government for redress of grievances, not to put on a sideshow for the media to easily twist. I know I will hear an uproar about this but please don’t sling a rifle over the shoulder. The media loves to turn this around on us and make us look like nuts and it does not help our cause.
Help will be provided at the rally to those unsure of who their legislator is and how best to meet with them. In the meantime you may locate your legislator by going to http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/.
You may also contact your representatives via the legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000 to educate them on the facts. Keep in touch, there will be many other announcements to follow in the weeks to come. These rallies will be planned monthly this year until we see some results.