When gun controllers get together in their confabs to discuss stripping away rights they have no working knowledge of they tend to screw the pooch. One need look no further than New York and the SAFE Act which, when initially past in the dead of night, hurried so the people couldn’t voice their oppostion, the law stripped police officers of their rifles. Cuomo and his cronies went back to ensure that Two New Yorks would exist, one with the peons and one with the privileged ruling class. Such is the Empire State.
So what does Washington’s I-594 actually say?
It’s a series of infringements on people who own, buy, sell, borrow or trade guns or devices. I’ll get back to that “device” part in a minute. Basically the state requires that background checks be done every time a firearm is handed from one person to another, regardless of the amount of time.
Go to a shooting range and want to let your buddy take a few shots? Law requires a background check. Gran pappy giving his grandson his old .22 bolt action rifle? Law requires a background check. Run a gun range? Every time someone enters you must run a background check. A museum with military rifles from WWII? Need to run a background check every time they are touched by workers. And so on.
Background checks cost time and money…so who is going to pay? The people.
Now, if that were the end of it, perhaps hammering down on gun owners wouldn’t be enough to enact any change. But the law doesn’t deal SOLEY with gun owners.
Here’s the juicy part:
(9) “Firearm” means a weapon or device from which a projectile or
projectiles may be fired by an explosive such as gunpowder.
Here are some things that constitute a “firearm” thanks to the law (remember the explosive force need not be gunpowder):
Your car if it backfires (combustion engine)
A lawnmower if you don’t bag the grass
Lighters (flame is a projectile)
Anything that runs on combustible fuel and ejects something
IF taken as explosive force and not an explosion then T-Shirt cannons require background checks now. Tough break Mariner Moose.
A straw used for spitballs.
And the list goes on.