An alert from the Unified Sportsmen of Florida (USF) to Evergreen State residents could have an immediate impact on the office switchboard of Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, a Democrat who did not fill out a National Rifle Association questionnaire last year, and who, during the campaign, was rather vague about his position on gun rights.
Ferguson prevailed in a race against Republican Reagan Dunn, the pro-rights candidate profiled here.
According to USF, Ferguson “has recently demonstrated an anti-gun and anti-veteran position, by revoking reciprocity with Florida for concealed weapons and firearms license holders.” Apparently, this was done because Florida passed legislation last year to recognize the military veterans “who have served our nation honorably.”
“Recognizing that our men and women in the military have been called into service in the fight for Freedom when they reach the age 18 — the age of majority,” the USF alert explains, “the Florida legislature lowered the minimum age requirement from 21 to 18 years of age for those men and women who have served our nation and have been honorably discharged from the service. This age waiver ONLY applies to veterans.”
“Every other citizen must be 21 years of age or older,” USF stresses.
The alert also urges legally-armed citizens to contact Ferguson’s office at (360) 753-2702. The message may have primarily been aimed at Floridians, but citizens in Washington who enjoy reciprocal carry might also wish to chime in.
“You can help by urging the Attorney General to reinstate reciprocity with Florida and once again recognize our licenses as valid in Washington State,” USF advises.
Examiner attempted to contact Assistant Attorney General Susan Pierini via e-mail but she did not immediately respond. If and when she does, this column will update.
Marion Hammer is the USF executive director. The first female president of the National Rifle Association, she has been instrumental in changing Sunshine State firearms laws and a driving force behind gun law reform there. She will miss this weekend’s NRA convention in Houston, Tex., from where this column is now reporting.
Incidentally, weather here is blustery, mostly cloudy and the Pacific Northwest once again is enjoying the kind of grand spring weather that invariably occurs when this column is on assignment elsewhere.
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