Editor's Note: We don't talk about politics often, but GunUp the Magazine is unapologetically pro-Second Amendment; we are NRA supporters and we believe in the right of citizens to keep and bear arms. Having said that, the initiatives looming in Washington that Anette is discussing here are incredibly important. Whether or not you are from Washington, it's time to pay attention to I-594, ultimately it could affect us all.
Washington State is coming upon a very serious voting issue in early November. Two Initiatives are looming, I-594 and I-591. I-594 is asking voters to add universal background checks on all sales and transfers of firearms. Transfers would be just sharing or even handling a firearm temporarily. I-591 is a grassroots campaign asking voters to keep the background laws as is and make it illegal to confiscate firearms from gun owners without due process. Knowing that Seattle voters carry the weight of the entire state and that Seattle votes liberal, I fear that I-594 will pass. 2nd Amendment issues should not be a liberal or conservative biased issue, but the reality is that most Democrats vote against guns. There are two simple statements for I-591. The first is it is unlawful for any government agency to confiscate guns or other firearms from citizens without due process. The second is it is unlawful for any government agency to require background checks on the recipient of a firearm unless a uniform national standard is required. That is it. A one page Measure. (written below) Not 18 pages of fine print like I-594 that could make all gun owners criminals.
Part two is important in that it protects us from I-594 if it were to pass. Keeping the laws as they are. Keeping them the same as current federal laws. It will not undo any laws we have in place. My personal hope is that the passing of I-591 will stall 594 from being enacted. Bring it to the courts. The courts should find 594 unconstitutional and make it dead in the water. We need to focus on enforcing the laws we have. Too many convicted criminals that used guns are being let go with a slap on the wrist.
The first part of the 591 statement refers to confiscation of guns. Many people are confused and say that should not be an issue anyway. Well it is. Look at New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Local authorities went door to door and confiscated guns from law abiding citizens. Why? Because. That is it. They had an irrational fear that gun owners would take to the streets. Now these law abiding gun owners were left defenseless to the looters and criminals on the loose. Most still have not had their firearms returned. Forever lost in red tape and bureaucracy. But how would the police know which homes had firearms? They passed laws of registration earlier. Similar to what 594 would do if passed. This is why 2nd Amendment supporters fear registration. Seattle is predicted to have the Big Earthquake. Could you imagine in a panic the local police being told to collect your guns “just in case”? They could come in to your home and take away your firearms no questions asked. That is an invasion of our liberties no matter the item. Sound dramatic? It is. It has already happened. Don’t let it happen in our state. If you are from Washington or know someone who is, Please vote YES on I-591 and Vote NO on I-594.
Initiative Measure No. 591 (I-591)
PROTECT OUR GUN RIGHTS
AN ACT Relating to protecting gun and other firearm rights; adding new sections to chapter 9.41 RCW; and creating new sections.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 9.41 RCW to read as follows:
It is unlawful for any government agency to confiscate guns or other firearms from citizens without due process.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 9.41 RCW to read as follows:
It is unlawful for any government agency to require background checks on the recipient of a firearm unless a uniform national standard is required.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 3. The provisions of this act are to be liberally construed to effectuate the intent, policies, and purposes of this act.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. If any provision of this act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 5. This act is known and may be cited as the “Protect Our Gun Rights Act.”
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