Thank you Steve Carmick for your letter to the editor dated May 11, 2020 in the Daily Chronicle. Steve is an NRA certified trainer, former president of the Lewis County Friends of the NRA, and Board Member for the Centralia Rifle Club.
I’m writing to endorse Peter Abbarno who is running to represent us in the Washington state House of Representatives. As lawyers, both Peter and I know that we don’t need any more gun laws. He also knows that some of our gun laws need repealing. I’m proud and happy to support Peter Abbarno to represent us in the 20th Legislative District, and I urge the people of Lewis County, and especially gun owners, to join me.Steve Carmick, Centralia
The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. Our State constitutional provision in Article 1; Section 24, is unique in that the right to “bear arms” is construed as an “individual” rather than “collective” right. “The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired.” Washingtonians have stronger protections, yet, the erosion of that right continues.
In SW Washington, like most of rural Washington, gun ownership and hunting is part of the history and tradition of many families. Government should not taking rights away from legal and responsible gun owners. In 2018, I opposed Initiative 1639 because of the sweeping infringement on federal and state constitutional rights; as well as the creation of burdensome unfunded mandates on local law enforcement.
As your State Representative, I will continue fighting to preserve our constitutional rights and oppose governmental overreach. During these uncertain times, citizens need to feel safe in their homes and in the community; and most certainly, need a representative in Olympia that understands the laws and their impact on our daily lives. We don’t need more laws or regulations on law abiding gun owners, while criminals are being released into our community by the Governor.
Enforcing current laws and preventing guns from being possessed by violent and repeat criminals should be priority and CAN be accomplished without infringing on the rights of law abiding and responsible gun owners. It starts with the law being enforced by prosecutors and judges. Broad swath gun control legislation leaves criminals with guns, the innocent with no protection, and our law enforcement at a potentially lethal disadvantage.Peter Abbarno, Candidate for State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.