Washington State’s New Training Requirement Before Buying a Gun is as Unconstitutional As Literacy Tests Before Voting

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs House Bill 1143, which prevents gun dealers from transferring any firearm until the buyer passes a background check, provides proof of completion of a safety training program, and waits 10 days, Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)

From the CCRKBA . . .

Washington Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation yesterday requiring gun buyers to provide proof they have completed a firearms training course before being allowed to complete their transaction, but the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is calling this the equivalence of a “literacy test” that was used to discourage voting by minorities in the South.

“We’re talking about rights in both cases,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “For Jay Inslee or any other Democrat to contend ‘this is different’ suggests they’re either dishonest or delusional, and perhaps a little bit of both.”

House Bill 1143 explicitly states on Page 2 that the purchaser of a firearm provides proof of completion of a recognized firearm safety training program within the last five years that complies with the requirements set down in the second section of the bill. The legislation is part of the radical Democrat push to make Washington gun laws prohibitively restrictive when the Article 1, Section 24 of the state constitution explicitly states, “The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired.”

“This requirement, along with the 10-day waiting period, seem like impairments to us,” Gottlieb stated. “When the governor earlier this year compared this requirement to getting training before being issued a license to drive, he ignored one very important point, and he knows it. Driving is a privilege, but keeping and bearing arms is a right protected by both the state and federal constitutions, and there is nothing in either of those provisions about training, or waiting.

“Inslee and the Democrats can couch this any way they want,” he continued, “but it adds up to the same thing. These requirements are designed to discourage Evergreen State citizens from exercising their constitutionally-protected and enumerated rights. 

“Democrats in the Legislature are not only at war with Washington gun owners,” Gottlieb concluded, “they have also declared war on the state and federal constitutions, and the built-in protections for law-abiding firearms owners. As we’ve said many times, this isn’t about guns, it’s about rights.”

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  1. “Washington State’s New Training Requirement Before Buying a Gun is as Unconstitutional As Literacy Tests Before Voting”

    Now use the B/W image of a black person trying to vote. With a caption that rev. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was also denied a gun permit after his home was bombed.

    Now you have a winning ad campaign.

  2. The left doesn’t care. Bruen? So what. They keep chugging along like it never happened.
    We are 2 SCOTUS justices away from absolute tyranny.

      • “and they’ve begun picking at the two they want gone.”

        They are strong, especially Thomas.

        He hasn’t forgotten the literal high-tech lynching they tried to pull on him in the confirmation hearings… 🙁

  3. Looking forward to you getting slapped upside the head by the Supreme Court Inslee you fucking asshole!

    • Don’t take it personally but putting stock in the USSC is extremely risky to say the least. The only one who will feel and see Jim Crow in WA’s Gun Control Rot is Justice Thomas. Outside of him Gun Control will sit in the corner of a courtroom out of sight and out of mind while The Second Amendment sits in its usual spot on the hot seat and under the microscope. It’s what happens and continues to happen when Gun Owners fail to define Gun Control according to its roots in racism and genocide.

      • You may be correct Debbie but many States including my state of Colorado are putting a finger in the eye of Bruen. I may be naive but I’m praying for the Supreme Court to bring forth the Constitutionality correct judgment. Hopefully it doesn’t take a decade.

      • Is what it is in Democrat dominated states, court is about the only way we have left to fight and if the best we can do is making it harder for this nonsense to take root elsewhere so be it.

    • Inslee is indeed a leftist monster destroying the formerly beautiful state of Washington. The last few years have been REAL bad, gun rights wise, along with the other issues bedeviling the nation. Thanks liberals.

  4. Democrats want to disarm us because they want to kill us. It has nothing to do with safety. This needs to be said over and over again.

    • We are going to keep our weapons because tyrant democrats want to kill us.

      This needs to be said over and over again.

      • The only way they can collect reparations is to first eliminate anyone who can object to their involuntary donations.

  5. Fascists denying human and civil rights? Who would have known?

    It is way past time for Nuremberg 2.0.

  6. Another assault on the 2nd Amendment. The Left will never cease to attack gun owners and continue to try to take our guns.

  7. Maybe we should compromise, I take training to buy a gun, You take a literacy test to vote.

    We will probably come out way ahead in the long run

  8. This just occurred to me. In many states legislation has passed decriminilizing cannabis, for both medical and recreational use. So, these states are willfully ignoring federal laws. With this situation as a precedent some states may also choose to ignore gun control legislation/regulation. Since even the draconian policiemakers of the DEA have not attempted, even as a test case, to make an example of the commercial growers, distributors, sellers, including private consumers of cannabis. Cannabis doesn’t have Constitutional protection, POTG have 2nd the Amendment. I can easily see the Constitutional/Permitless carry states following a similar path, to include all firearms and NFA items.

    • “With this situation as a precedent some states may also choose to ignore gun control legislation/regulation.”

      That’s nothing new, that horse is thankfully long gone from the barn, EdP.

      Google “Map of 2A Sanctuary counties” and be *amazed*… 🙂


      They basically ripped-off the concept of immigrant sanctuary cities/counties, where they refuse to help the Feds enforce immigration laws.

      It’s Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules For Radicals’, all over again :

      “Use the enemy’s own book of rules against them”… 🙂

  9. WA state law requires that when you apply to purchase a handgun or semi auto rifle you HAVE TO WAIVE YOUR HIPPA MEDICAL PRIVACY RIGHTS! How can you be required to waive one constitutional right to exercise another constitutional right! This is UNCONSTITUTIONAL! I’m surprised there isn’t a federal lawsuit over this.

    • We learned during the scamdemic that the fed would love to get rid of HIPPA. It upset the panopticon.

      • They largely did through private employers making questionable policies. Great seeing the courts slowly catch up with establishing basic medical privacy/freedom but unless you were in the correct unions, were absolutely indispensable, or had a really well written exemption letter your employment (depending on region) was under threat for a lot of the country if you dared defy “THE SCIENCE”

  10. If you had to waive your HIPPA rights to register to vote, the ACLU would have filed a lawsuit the second that law was passed.

    … DO IT ! … GO FOR IT !

  12. A good way to hide your sent is by getting Cottonwood sap water all over you.
    Plus it cleans the blue stains off your hands after handling green Oak and then touching metal.
    Washington is to woke for me. I’m still trying to figure out what the big deal about changing the name of the Washington Redskins to Washington Commanders? That’s a dumb name if you ask me.
    Let’s go whole hog and require a drug test before you can purchase gunms or emu.
    Limit emu purchases to only one bird a month and that’s only possible if you have a hunting license and after the hunting season is over for the particular species you received your emu nition to hunt for is over you must turn in any left over emu.
    All spent cartridge cases must be given back to the place you purchased that from. No , no more online sales, you must purchase your gunms and emu from a state or federal gunm and bullets place.
    What’s a few inconvenience’s when you want to exercise your 2nd Amendment right to hunt?
    It’s well worth it I think.
    Also I think the government should ban any dogs in America that are not of American lineage, except pit bull breeds, you cant have them.
    Once America goes Electric cars it can ban gasoline too. Who wants that nasty explosive available to just anyone? No sirree bub, for the safety of the Americans safety .gov needs to shit all over its citizens.
    Let’s Go Brandon,,,4 More Years
    (Like it or not)

  13. Training in and of itself should be strongly recommended. As a prerequisite for getting a firearm permit, it is an unconstitutional restriction.
    Early on in this country the idea was only land owners/property owners would be allowed to vote. The idea being only educated, wealthy property owners were intelligent enough to understand politics or only those with a stake in the country should have a say.
    This was dismissed as overly aristocratic and elitist. Then literacy tests were used to keep both recently freed slaves and poor whites from being allowed to vote following the Civil War
    Such restrictions were finally brought down a century later with the Civil Rights/Voter acts of the 1960’s. And don’t forget women were not allowed to vote for many years.
    Is a expensive, time consuming requirement for firearms ownership anything less of an elitist attempt to limit the rights of both minorities and less affluent whites? After all only those who view themselves as above or better than the rest of us ignorant souls should have the right to defend themselves, or provide unregulated food sources for themselves etc.

  14. ‘Jim Crow’ for gun ownership? Some anti-gun advocates imply that guns and the people who own them should be licensed by the State just like motor vehicles and motorists. That is a false argument because owning and driving a vehicle is a PRIVILEGE given to the person by the State and can be revoked by the State. Possession of a firearm, like voting, is a RIGHT given to us by the U.S. Constitution as it was written. Only under certain circumstances, with due process, can those RIGHTS be revoked. Besides, any law is meaningless when it comes to criminals, terrorists and the mentally deranged. Gun laws only apply to the law-abiding, who are not the ones the government should be concerned with…..unless they have ulterior motives.

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