Move Over California, New York, and Chicago IL. Washington State Looks Hard at Gun Control

I-1639 is set to push Washington into the top line of gun control states. It is a veritable buffet restrictions are that pretty much only omit an outright ban on firearms.

Initiative #1639 would implement restrictions on the purchase and ownership of firearms. These restrictions include background checks and waiting periods for purchasing semiautomatic assault rifles―as defined by the initiative—as well as increasing the minimum age to buy semiautomatic assault rifles to 21. The measure would establish requirements for storage of all firearms. Section 13 of the measure, which would establish age requirements, was designed to take effect on January 1, 2019. The rest of the measure’s provisions would take effect on July 1, 2019. – From Ballotpedia

On the list of changes include:

  • A fresh definition for semi-automatic rifle: Any rifle which utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing cartridge to extract the fired cartridge case and chamber the next round, and which requires a separate pull of the trigger to fire each cartridge. “Semiautomatic assault rifle” does not include antique firearms, any firearm that has been made permanently inoperable, or any firearm that is manually operated by bolt, pump, lever, or slide action.
  • A new background check requirement with a written permission slip for “assault rifles”
  • Age of purchase for semi-auto rifles to 21
  • 10 day waiting period after the background check and application are processed.
  • Mandatory training before purchase
  • Purchasing fee, $25.00 for all your extra work.
  • Storage law update with felony penalty

Proponents are claiming it will be a wave in new safety and accountability while data and common sense quash that dream. This is yet another attempt at a gilded package to grasp safety that will just result in hinderance and frustration to people who follow the rules.

Because it is the law abiding that must bear the burden of dangerous few.

Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.