, Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Supporters of
, the common-sense background check measure that also prohibits government gun confiscation, will deliver their first batch of petitions bearing approximately 340,000 signatures this
Thursday, Nov. 21
, to the Secretary of State's office in
is backed by a coalition of gun collectors, recreational shooters, sportsmen and law enforcement professionals, under the Protect Our Gun Rights umbrella organization.
"While signatures are still coming in," noted
, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, "we have reached our first major goal and it is now time to submit the petitions we have."
Gottlieb will be joined by representatives from the Washington Arms Collectors, Hunters Heritage Council,
Rifle & Pistol Association and
Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association, and grassroots activists who, as part of the Protect Our Gun Rights coalition, made this possible.
"This has truly been a grassroots endeavor," Gottlieb said. "We've conducted our signature drive for about half to two-thirds of the amount raised and spent by supporters of a Draconian 15-page gun control measure that, under the guise of background checks, will create a costly bureaucratic and grossly unfair process that includes an unfunded mandate.
"We believe voters are smart, and deserve a choice," he added. "That's why there is widespread support for our initiative across the state."
He stressed that
is not aimed at eliminating background checks, which are required by federal law for retail purchases, but to assure that such checks comply with a uniform national standard.
also prohibits government confiscation of firearms without due process.
"Gun prohibitionists have been waging a war of disinformation and semantics," Gottlieb observed. "They would have the public believing that there currently are no background checks, and that we must set up special requirements in
, which is nonsense. We have federal and state checks in place, and we are going to protect those procedures with
With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (
) is one of the nation's premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout
the United States
SOURCE Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms