A couple of weeks ago, Washington state’s alt-left neo-com anti-America and anti-gun Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib pulled an Obama by announcing his law banning all guns, including legally permitted concealed carry permit weapons, from the state Senate gallery. He didn’t bother to work with the legislature, but just decided he would make law as any good Democrat believes they can.
The state’s largest newspaper ran articles and editorials calling for a complete gun ban throughout the entire state capital complex and the people of Washington responded, but not the way Habib anticipated. It seems the number of concealed carry permits have increased by 20,000.
(Liberty Park Press) – Only days after Washington Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib unilaterally declared the state Senate viewer gallery to be a “gun free zone,” the state’s largest newspaper reinforced its anti-gun editorial policy by calling for a ban on firearms throughout the state capitol in a Friday editorial.
In a bizarre coincidence, the state Department of Licensing released updated data Friday showing that there are now 591,366 active concealed pistol licenses in the state. This figure keeps the Evergreen State in the Top Ten per capita states where licensed concealed carry is the law, and it represents an increase of nearly 20,000 new CPLs since January. With a month left to go, Washington could have more than 592,000 legally-armed citizens, and that doesn’t count the small but growing contingent of open carriers who don’t need a license because their sidearms are visible.
About two years ago, open carry was restricted in the viewing galleries of both the House and Senate chambers. That prohibition did not affect citizens carrying concealed sidearms.
The Seattle Times editorial board doesn’t care for all this hardware, especially in the capitol. The newspaper maintains that Habib’s order “should be applied to the entire Capitol building, which would probably require the Legislature to pass a law. Leaders of the House and Senate can restrict guns in their own chambers, but state law includes no gun restrictions for public spaces like the rotunda.” …
The last thing anti-gun liberals want is to see more people carrying concealed weapons, but a state that has been racing its neighbors Oregon and California for the recognition of being the most liberal and anti-American state on the west coast has over half a million armed citizens and the number continues to grow every day.