Wash. state AG claims 18-year-old can buy AR-15 at Cabela’s in ‘minutes’ with no background check

On Friday, the office of Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson claimed on Twitter that an 18-year-old can purchase an AR-15 from Cabela’s with no “enhanced” background check and no waiting period, Twitchy reported.  Naturally, the tweet sparked a great deal of criticism.

“Fact: In Washington, an 18-year-old can walk into a Cabela’s and walk out minutes later with an AR-15. No enhanced background check, no waiting period,” the tweet said, referencing SB 5444, a measure the Firearms Policy Coalition said would “create a registry of so called ‘assault weapons’ and their owners, requires extended wait times on ‘assault weapons’, and define ‘Assault Weapon’ as many commonly-used and purchased semi-automatic firearms.”

Naturally, many Twitter users called the AG’s office out for this bit of fakery, since Washington requires background checks on gun purchases except those “specifically exempted by state or federal law.”  Nevertheless, if the Attorney General has his way, there will be “enhanced” background checks.


Not yet, but they want one…

One person sarcastically remarked:

And another Twitter user said:


Some wondered what the tweet meant by “enhanced” background checks:

And there was even more mockery:



As a final note, the Twitter feed for the Attorney General’s office states that all tweets are sent by staffers unless they’re marked with “-BF,” the initials of the current AG.  Which means this tweet was quite likely sent by a staffer with no apparent knowledge of current law — and no real desire to get his or her information correct.


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