Gabrielle Giffords visits Seattle to support gun violence initiative

Supporters of a gun violence initiative in Washington are getting a boost from a familiar name. Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords visited Seattle Monday and told a crowd to be bold and courageous as they pursue changes to the law.

SEATTLE - Supporters of a gun violence initiative in Washington are getting a boost from a familiar name. Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords visited Seattle Monday and told a crowd to be bold and courageous as they pursue changes to the law.

“The nation is counting on you,” she said at the Alliance for Gun Responsibility gathering.

Volunteers are collecting signatures for I-1491, a measure which could make extreme risk protection orders a reality in Washington.

Supporters want to put a question on the November ballot, asking voters if the state should allow a judge to temporarily deny someone's rights to carry a gun when a judge decides that person is high risk.

“I've seen great courage when my life was on the line. Now is the time to come together, be responsible Democrats, Republicans, everyone. We must never stop fighting,” said Giffords, who was helped onstage by her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly.

Giffords survived a 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona, and has been crisscrossing the country in recent years, urging states to pass stricter gun laws.

No formal group has formed in opposition of I-1491, but many gun owners are still skeptical about changes to gun laws, even if those changes are meant only to affect individuals who are high risk.

“Anytime that you have a proposal on the table that deals with a restriction on someone's civil rights, you better make damn sure you're on the right side of that question because we are talking about suspension of someone's civil rights here,” said Dave Workman with the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation.

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