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You’re at the range.
A longtime friend comes over and asks if he could try your handgun, as he’s contemplating buying one.
Of course you agree. That’s what gun owners do.
If this scenario occurs in Washington State after the passage of Initiative 594, both of you have broken the law.
Initiative 594 would classify this as a transfer — something that would require paperwork, fees, a waiting period and if it involves a handgun, government registration.
The proposed legislation doesn’t even recognize a loan among family members.
A dad couldn’t loan a shotgun to his son on opening day without the proper paperwork.
I am not kidding.
It’s a registration scheme disguised as “Universal background check” legislation.
I-594 is perhaps the most ill-conceived ballot initiative I’ve ever seen. Sure, there are gun laws that have been more harmful, such as those with “ban” in the title. Few, however, are so poorly thought out.
As you can imagine, there is a lot of money rolling in to support the ballot initiative. Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates have donated millions.
NRA and other gun groups are getting involved.
Washington gun owners are pushing back hard. They have created a must-read website, and are getting the word out via social media.
Their handy “pocket guide” explains the bill very clearly.
Well, there are many bad gun laws, and it’s hard to pick out the worst one. But it’s seems true that the recent surrender on the assault weapons ban by the anti-gunners is a misdirect. It isn’t what they’re really interested in. This is what they really want.
The only way we can truly be safe and prevent further gun violence is to ban civilian ownership of all guns. That means everything. No pistols, no revolvers, no semiautomatic or automatic rifles. No bolt action. No breaking actions or falling blocks. Nothing. This is the only thing that we can possibly do to keep our children safe from both mass murder and common street violence.
Unfortunately, right now we can’t. The political will is there, but the institutions are not. Honestly, this is a good thing. If we passed a law tomorrow banning all firearms, we would have massive noncompliance. What we need to do is establish the regulatory and informational institutions first. This is how we do it. The very first thing we need is national registry. We need to know where the guns are, and who has them.
All gun control is wicked, but perhaps the most wicked is the government desire to catalog all gun owners and their weapons. Fight it, never surrender. Never give one inch. Never compromise. Never. Don’t even consider it. Ever.