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The Brady Campaign vs. Rossi: Who’s got the gun politics right?

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on Sep. 29, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
September 29, 2010 3:44 pm

Here’s an interesting take from the other side of the continent on Washington’s attitude toward guns. I personally don’t see much evidence that most Washingtonians are anxious to restrict firearms. If so, our laws don’t reflect the fact. “Assault rifle” bans go nowhere, even when Democrats own the Legislature.

The claim that Rossi would “allow the carrying of loaded, concealed handguns in Washington state by people legally barred from possessing guns in Washington, if they are able to carry elsewhere” is mystifying.

I don’t know of any other state with a more liberal policy on concealed weapons than Washington. Our law requires that applicants be issued concealed-carry permits if they are 21 years old and pass a background check. If there’s a state that lets people carry concealed firearms after flunking background checks, I want to know about it so I can avoid the place.


Washington, D.C. – Dino Rossi, the Republican candidate for the United States Senate from Washington has taken stands on gun violence prevention that are outside the mainstream of Washington voters by aligning himself with extreme gun views.

Like Tea Party candidates for federal office, such as Sharon Angle in Nevada, who suggests “Second Amendment solutions” to our nation’s problems, and Joe Miller in Alaska who thinks residents ought to be able to loaded carry guns in Wal-Mart, Rossi wants more guns in more places for more people. He even favors weakening the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), our nation’s top law enforcement agency on guns.

Rossi’s pro-gun votes during his tenure as a Washington State Senator bought him an A-rating and the endorsement of the NRA bosses. Rossi opposes restrictions on military-style assault weapons, including AK-47s and Uzis. He also would support legislation to allow the carrying of loaded, concealed handguns in Washington state by people legally barred from possessing guns in Washington, if they are able to carry elsewhere.

“As the nation with the highest rate of gun deaths among high-income countries, America needs elected officials who are willing to stand up for common sense gun laws,” said Helmke. “Dino Rossi’s support for gutting the ATF’s ability to enforce the laws, for pushing for easier access to assault weapons, and for allowing the concealed carry of loaded guns in contravention of state law is a clear indication that he’s out of touch with mainstream America.”

“Police chiefs and the majority of residents in Washington, as well as around the country, want to restrict access to assault weapons and are concerned about the proliferation of guns in so many public places. Candidates who push to loosen gun laws are viewed with suspicion by most voters,” added Helmke. “Rossi’s election to the U.S. Senate would make it difficult to pass sensible gun laws and to make this country safer.”

As the nation’s largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence, the Brady Campaign, with its dedicated network of Million Mom March Chapters, works to enact and enforce sensible gun laws, regulations and public policies. The Brady Campaign is devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities.

Visit the Brady Campaign website at . For continuing insight and comment on the gun issue, read Paul Helmke’s blog at

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