GSBA members, Board and staff joined 1,200 people for the kick-off event for Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a coalition of concerned citizens and organizations working together to forge common sense solutions to reduce gun violence. The luncheon, which raised over $800,000 (and counting!), marked the start of a campaign to pursue an initiative to ensure universal background checks for gun sales in Washington State. GSBA membership overwhelmingly - 95% in a February policy survey - supports the enacting of universal background checks.
On the one-year anniversary of the horrific Cafe Racer shooting, GSBA stands firm in our conviction that more must be done to ensure that our communities and our places of business are safe. We hope that our elected officials will come together to pass common sense reforms to help reduce gun violence. GSBA is proud to serve on the organizing committee of the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility and we urge our members to contact their state representatives and senators to express their support for common sense legislation, and to thank those who have supported these initiatives. We especially thank Tina Podlodowksi and campaign manager Zach Silk (former manager of the Washington United for Marriage campaign) for asking GSBA to join the coalition.