Keeping up the fight

There are still lots of things to be done. People have a delaying action to do and a few have some attacks they can make in the short term. The Second Amendment Foundation just announced one of those attacks that can probably bear fruit:

BELLEVUE, Wash., Nov 04, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ — The Second Amendment Foundation, joined by the National Rifle Association, today filed a lawsuit in federal court against the State of Washington, seeking to overturn a state law that discriminates against legal resident aliens who own firearms by violating their Second Amendment rights under the equal protections affirmed by the 14th Amendment.

The SAF/NRA suit is joined by three legal resident aliens who face loss of jobs and firearms collections, and possible prosecution for owning a gun for self-defense when their current Alien Firearms Licenses (AFL) expire. Under a statute unique to Washington State, aliens must possess an AFL to legally possess firearms.

Also named in the lawsuit are Liz Luce, director of the State Department of Licensing and Paul D. Ayers, chief of police in Issaquah, WA where two of the resident plaintiffs live. Ayers is a defendant for not issuing concealed pistol licenses (CPL) to plaintiffs Roelof Kroes, a South African national, and Adrian Coombes, a British citizen. The other plaintiff is Philip Grady, also a British national and a resident of Everett.

Among the aspects of the case are that are interesting to me are that I know Roelof Kroes and Adrian Coombes. Roelof has been to several Boomershoots and Adrian is the guy I worked with at the FFL to get my Gun Blog 45 from Para. And of course I know people at the Second Amendment Foundation. They get money from me which is matched dollar for dollar from Microsoft.


One thought on “Keeping up the fight

  1. I’m still amazed Washington hasn’t taken care of this problem. This really is an easy fix. The problem lies in the issuing agency, the department of licensing. Because the department of licensing is not a law enforcement agency, they are not allowed to access the NICS system (I think that’s what it’s still called). Therefore they cannot perform background checks. All that has to be done is transfer this responsibility to the local law enforcment agencies, and viola, problem fixed. They’ve had years to fix this problem, and have ignored it (probably hoped noone wouild notice). Luckily, Washington has a very pro-gun constitution.

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