Sandy Hook Promise Supports I-1639, Washington State Ballot Initiative, “Safe Schools, Safe Communities”



Sandy Hook Promise Supports I-1639, Washington State Ballot Initiative,

“Safe Schools, Safe Communities”


Newtown, CT – Sandy Hook Promise stands with Washington State families and supports the I-1639 ballot initiative, “Safe Schools, Safe Communities.” This initiative has the power to save lives, while also protecting the Second Amendment.


“Grounded in Sandy Hook Promise’s mission of preventing gun violence BEFORE it happens, we strongly support policies that keep guns out of the hands of those who are at-risk of hurting themselves or others. By creating an enhanced background check system, a reasonable waiting period, a firearm safety training requirement, and ensuring accountability for the safe storage of firearms, I-1639 will help strengthen responsible gun ownership and public safety for everyone,” says Mark Barden, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise, and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.


Initiative 1639 will do the following: 

  • Create an enhanced background check for semi-automatic rifles, similar to what is required for handguns.
  • Require completion of a firearm safety training course within the last five years, which includes basic safety and secure storage laws, safe handling, and an overview of state and federal firearms laws.
  • Raise the age to purchase semi-automatic rifles to 21, bringing it in line with handgun purchase requirements.
  • Create standards for Dangerous Access Prevention, which will hold a gun owner accountable if a child or other prohibited person accesses and uses an improperly stored firearm to hurt themselves or others.


We stand with Washingtonians as they lead this important ballot initiative on November 6th and vote to ensure the safety of their children and communities.


About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. Sandy Hook Promise is focused on preventing gun violence (and all violence) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing parents, schools and communities on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. Make the Promise at


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