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Seattle Jewish Federation Takes Issue With NRA Lobbyist’s Comment

Gene Johnson, Associated Press
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SEATTLE (AP) — The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, which was the site of a mass shooting in 2006, has called for the resignation of a National Rifle Association lobbyist over comments he recently made comparing a Washington state gun control effort to Nazi Germany.

According to an audio recording of the no-on-Initiative 594 event in Silverdale, lobbyist Brian Judy said it staggers him when he meets Jewish people who are anti-gun, because he wonders if they’ve forgotten the Holocaust.

Bruce Danielson, a lawyer who attended the event, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he remembered the comments and did not find anything offensive about them.

But the Jewish Federation says it is offensive to suggest that Jewish supporters of gun control have forgotten their heritage.

I-594 would require background checks for all gun sales and transfers in Washington, with exceptions for gifts within a family, antiques or for certain sporting activities.

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