Editorial: Initiative 1639 is a common-sense gun measure

  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018 4:42pm
  • Opinion

Initiative 1639 proposes common sense changes to the state’s gun laws and promises to save lives.

The ballot measure would place restrictions on the ownership of firearms that polls show a majority of Americans support. It would implement background checks and waiting periods for the purchase of a semiautomatic assault rifle, which is defined in the initiative.

I-1639 would also restrict someone under the age of 21 from purchasing a pistol or semiautomatic assault rifle, except under certain circumstances.

It would also establish rules for safe and secure storage of guns.

People who consider themselves Second Amendment purists will balk at the initiative or any restrictions on firearms. The fact is, no constitutional amendments are absolute.There are many, many exceptions to the First Amendment, the guiding principle to our free society.

The rights to free speech and a free press are not unqualified. And rightfully so.

Blackmail, threats, perjury, defamation and plagiarism are not protected speech. You can’t yell “fire” in a crowded theater and avoid getting into trouble. You can’t lie to the police.

The press can be sued.

Likewise, the right to keep and bear arms should have reasonable limits that don’t gut the Second Amendment. Civilians shouldn’t own machine guns or RPGs. There is a long list of places where guns aren’t allowed.

Such restrictions are sensible and won’t lead to a slippery slope ending in the abolition of civilian gun ownership.

I-1639 doesn’t go too far. It just makes sense

Vote for I-1639.

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