Olympia, WA – Liberty activists and gun owners organized by Liberty for All and The Patriots Stand are converging at the WA State Capitol in Olympia on Saturday at a rally meant to protest and violate new rules imposed by the legislature banning open carry in public viewing galleries.
[Ed Note: the above-linked Spokesman Review article contains errors of fact and law]
The Washington State Patrol is expected to arrest anyone entering the viewing chambers openly carrying a firearm, although individuals with a concealed pistol license will be allowed to carry concealed weapons into the chambers.
“If the legislature feels the need,” said Sam Wilson of Liberty for All, “to prohibit peaceful citizens from openly carrying firearms into the people’s viewing chamber, it certainly makes a reasonable person question what motivates them to disarm the people viewing them while they are in session, serving as the representatives of the people.”
The activists have expressed firm resolve to enter the chambers while openly carrying, but have made it clear they are planning a peaceful event, and have no animosity towards the Washington State Patrol.
“This isn’t an action against the WSP,” Kit Lange, another LFA organizer and owner of the Patrick Henry Society blog, said on Monday. “We understand that they’re in a really tough position; they’re expected to enforce a rule that is unconstitutional, against their own fellow citizens who are exercising an inherent right. We have absolutely no ill will towards them, and we hope that on the 7th they make the right decision to uphold the Constitution and their oath to it, instead of the arbitrary rules as defined by elected officials who forgot their oath.”
The organizers have invited anyone to attend who wants to participate in the peaceful act of civil disobedience, but have stressed in a public statement that: “If you attempt to harass and/or assault the WSP, we will not support you. You will be arrested, and you will be on your own.”
Any and all citizens who understand the Second Amendment’s necessity and the right of the people are encouraged to attend, with or without a firearm.
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Liberty for All stands to defend the unalienable right to bear arms as protected by the US Constitution and that of Washington State; this right cannot be lawfully infringed or impaired. A representative of the people attempting to infringe or impair this right is acting lawlessly, and such action is invalid and void.
The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired…
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