Initiative-594, the universal background check initiative being bankrolled by millionaires and billionaires in Washington state, will lead to “universal handgun registration” if passed.
Page 2 of the 18-page initiative opens the door to such registration by “extending the requirement for a background check to apply to all gun sales and transfers within the state.” This means record keeping, and record keeping means the formation of a database to compile the location of all known guns and the names of all known gun owners.
The NRA reports: “Every time a handgun is transferred, the person receiving the handgun will have their name added to the government database being maintained by the state Department of Licensing.”
The text of I-594 lists slight exceptions to the background check requirements, but they are often tedious. For example, “the temporary transfer of possession of a firearm if such transfer is necessary to prevent imminent death” is allowable without a check. But the transfer can only be done without paperwork granting that “it only lasts as long as immediately necessary to prevent immanent death or great bodily harm.”