BELLEVUE, WA – Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, will join about a dozen other Second Amendment speakers on the Capitol steps in Olympia on Thursday, Jan. 15 for the “594: Rally For Your Rights” starting at 9 a.m.

The event, coordinated by the Washington Firearms Leadership Advocacy Group (WFLAG), will allow Evergreen State activists to contact their local lawmakers and discuss their concerns about gun rights. In addition to Gottlieb, scheduled speakers will include State Sen. Pam Roach (R-31st), State Rep. Brian Blake (D-19th), Rep. Liz Pike (R-18th) Rep. Lynda Wilson (R-17th), National Rifle Association Senior State Liaison Brian Judy, plus Adina Hicks, executive director of Protect Our Gun Rights Washington, Paige Biron with the Pink Pistols and Rick Halle with the Gun Rights Coalition. In addition, Bill Burris, representing the Washington Arms Collectors, Gun Owners Action League of Washington and the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association will appear, along with Joe Huffman from Boomershoot.

“I’m honored to have been invited to share the concerns of more than a million Washington gun owners who are now feeling the effects of all the problems with Initiative 594,” Gottlieb said. “This poorly-written measure, which is now being challenged in federal court, has already created confusion for legions of law-abiding citizens.

“I’m hoping to meet with my own state legislators,” he added. “I want them to hear from me not only as an activist but also as a taxpayer and constituent. This will be an important event because it will give concerned gun owners from all over the state a rare opportunity to meet their representatives face-to-face, while they are all gathered in Olympia.

“Like it or not,” Gottlieb – a Bellevue resident – observed, “gun owners have rights, too. We will not be silenced by elitist billionaires, nor will we quietly accept being treated as second-class citizens because we exercise our Second Amendment rights. I hope gun owners join us in Olympia to Rally for our Rights.”