Hundreds of gun-rights advocates carrying signs and firearms attended a rally at the Capitol in Olympia Saturday to protest I-594, the recently-passed background check measure that won handily in November.
Organizer Gavin Seim predicted the rally – dubbed “I Will Not Comply” – would be the largest felony civil disobedience rally in American history.
“Our gun rights are not granted by the Constitution, they are the command we laid on government binding them with our word and their oath, that they shall not touch this liberty,” Seim said.
The Seattle Times reports no arrests were made at the rally.
While Seim touted the protest as a defining moment in the fight for gun rights, a number of other gun-rights groups stayed away.
“I don’t think this rally will really accomplish anything,” said Adina Hicks, executive director of Bellevue-based Protect Our Gun Rights. The group formed to fight I-594 and push the rival measure Initiative 591, which voters defeated handily.
Hicks is calling on people to help push the Legislature to overturn I-594 instead.
“What we need is legislators and getting the Legislature involved to fix this nightmare,” she said.
Protect Our Gun Rights is just one of several groups planning a rally of their own Jan. 15 at the Capitol, where they also plan a day of outreach with lawmakers in Olympia, Hicks said.
I-594 requires background checks for most private firearms sales and transfers. It passed by 59 percent last month.
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