As key deadline looms, gun sellers still in dark on I-1639

As key deadline looms, gun sellers still in dark on I-1639

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Gun sellers like Talos Tactical have been left wondering how the state plans to enforce I-1639. (Talos Tactical) When I-1639 was approved by voters in 2018, it was widely lauded as a huge step in the right direction for practical, safe gun control. Months later, though, its implementation has left both gun sellers and buyers with more questions than answers. “It was a bad idea from the get-go, but the way they’re implementing it? Yeah that’s brutal,” said Matt Cieslar, the owner of Talos Tactical , a gun shop in Richland, Washington. Initially, I-1639 raised the age to purchase a semiautomatic weapon from 18 to 21 on Jan. 1, 2019. On July 1, enhanced background check provisions go into place, and as of now, no one seems entirely sure how the state plans to enforce them. Second Amendment Foundation: Loopholes aplenty with I-1639 “The state is prepared theoretically to handle the transfers of some auto rifles and handguns. We do have the forms in place now,” noted Cieslar. “What they didn’t prepare for was the sheer volume. Right now, roughly 90 percent of our handguns are purchased by concealed carry permit holders, so we can handle the background check ourselves. We’re allowed to do it for them to take the burden off police. That’s going away on July 1st.” So, the state handles it instead, and everything’s fine, right? Not quite. The FBI — who typically lends a hand with background checks for the purchase and sale of firearms […]

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