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By Lou Marzeles

I-1639 ordered to cease certification


August 22, 2018

A controversial Washington State initiative that would raise the age to buy semiautomatic rifles to 21 has hit a legal snag. Court action on Friday constituted a significant speed bump to the initiative, though some law experts do not expect it to be halted.

The measure would also require enhanced background checks, secure storage of firearms in homes, and safety training to purchase semiautomatic rifles.

In Thurston County Superior Court Friday, Judge James Dixon heard arguments in the lawsuit over Initiative 1639 and the legality of the petition sheets used to collect signatures. The case was brought against Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who had certified the initiative for the November...

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