Mosman posted this in the Free Fire Zone™, but it deserves a post here as well. The Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility is trying to get enough signatures to put a ballot initiative up for a vote that would enact “universal background checks” for all gun transfers in the state of Washington. The full text is here. Short version: it sucks . . .
The language classifies any changing of hands of a firearm as a transfer, regardless of whether money is involved. So, like with Chuck Schumer’s bill, if I hand my buddy a gun to try out on his ranch we are now both criminals.
There are exceptions to the rule, which include the usual “we support the second amendment” clauses to protect hunters when they lend a rifle to their minor children for hunting purposes, and exempt transfers within families.
It also includes some clumsy language that seems to want to exempt people from needing to do a background check to hand someone a gun if it will “prevent imminent death or great bodily harm,” but one of the requirements on that is that the recipient isn’t prohibited from owning a gun. Yeah, not going to stop in the middle of a firefight to hand my buddy a Form 4473 before lending them a rifle to fight back.
It also exempts temporary transfers at established shooting ranges, but says nothing about private property. So, like I said, a day at the ranch can quickly turn into a felonious afternoon.
This bill is a carbon copy of the one that failed in the U.S. Senate not too long ago, but tailored for Washington State’s specific statutes. And just like the proposed legislation in Washington, it does more to create ways for law abiding citizens to unknowingly become felons than to stop any potential mass murderers or criminals.