How are gun owners preparing for I-1639?

How are gun owners preparing for I-1639?

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RICHLAND, Wash. — Initiative 1639, the controversial new gun law, goes into effect in just a few weeks on July 1. As the date approaches, gun shop owners say they’re finding it hard to keep certain shelves stocked as as gun owners continue preparing for the worst. Local firearms dealer Steve Krause says he’s been selling more semi-automatic guns, pistols and firearms than last year. "People are obviously trying to stock up on things, trying to be grandfathered in," he says. He tells Action News that as July approaches, his military surplus store, The Bunker , is selling more receivers for ArmaLite Rifle 15-style (AR-15) than expected. A lot more. Krause claims thousands of receivers have passed through his doors since the start of the year; at least 150 in the last month alone. He says building your own firearm piece-by-piece is much cheaper than buying it already assembled, but some of the new paperwork has folks worried. This is because the new law requires added background checks and registration after the sale and transfer of any firearm. "You have to select what it is [pistol, semi-automatic rifle, etc.] and one of the things not listed was receivers for the AR-15," he says. "So we’re still [unsure] of how you would do [it] in the state of Washington." Krause says the receiver is the only part of the firearm requiring registration, and without it being on the new paperwork folks are getting worried. He describes the rifle’s receiver as […]

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