Earlier this month, voters in Washington State easily passed a gun control measure known as Initiative 1639. While supporters of the initiative claim the goal is to curb gun violence and make schools and communities safer by putting safety measures in place, supporters of the Second Amendment say otherwise.
Dave Workman gives us an idea of what the measure actually does:
The far-reaching initiative will strip young adults of their right to buy and possess so-called “semiautomatic assault rifles,” which are so broadly defined as to include self-loading .22-caliber target and hunting rifles, starting Jan. 1. Other tenets of the initiative take effect July 1, 2019, barring a successful court challenge.
Those provisions include:
- Proof of training within the previous five years to buy a semi-auto rifle (critics call this a “literacy test”);
- A so-called “secure storage” requirement, while “nothing in this section;
- A so-called “enhanced background check” that includes a waiver of medical privacy;
- A $25 fee for paperwork for the check (critics call this a “poll tax”);
- Annual background checks on gun owners to determine whether they may still legally possess firearms;
- Creation of a new crime: “Community endangerment” that carries criminal penalties up to a Class C felony;
- A 10-day waiting period on the sale/transfer of a so-called “semiautomatic assault rifle.”
Perhaps not surprisingly, another measure—this one directed at use of force by police officers—also passed. The state’s rank-and-file law enforcement professionals uniformly opposed I-1639, and their professional organizations opposed Initiative 940. That’s the measure that critics say will literally tie the hands of police officers and sheriffs’ deputies.
Workman also says backers of the measure have made it “no secret that this is just one more step toward what they envision is “common sense gun safety,” to cut down on so-called ‘gun violence.'”
Here’s my take on the issue:
What say you? Should this initiative be overturned? Let us know in the comments below.
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