West Coast anti-gun mania spreading to Washington

West Coast anti-gun mania spreading to Washington

Gun Rights

Rick Rogers Tribune Oregon lawmakers are considering new gun control laws. Normally this Washington citizen wouldn’t be concerned with Oregon lawmakers. However, these kinds of (leftist/liberal/progressive) ideas have a distressing tendency to just keep moving up the West Coast, first from California, then to Oregon, ultimately arriving in Washington state’s own crazytown, Olympia. Right on cue, 2018 gave us Washington’s Initiative 1639, modeled after — ahem — California, containing even more onerous restrictions. Then 2019 gives us Gov. Jay Inslee’s half-dozen new gun laws. (Have you heard he’s running for president?) These clearly unconstitutional laws will never survive a Supreme Court test, but there will be decades of litigation required first. Among the idiocies in the new laws: a provision that would penalize gun owners who fail to safely store their weapons at home if said weapon is later stolen and used in a crime. This assumes that the government would somehow know whether or not a gun had been safely stored. How, exactly, would they know whether or not the criminal had defeated the storage lock, something burglars do regularly? Can the word of the burglar really be trusted? Washington’s new laws tighten regulations for 3D printed weapons and other untraceable firearms, requiring those who build such weapons to pass a background check. Again, how is the government going to know if someone is building a 3D printed gun or other untraceable firearm? If someone doesn’t want government to know he is building a firearm (hence the concept […]

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