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Washington Initiative Measure No. 591

Kicking off my 2014 General Election ballot is Initiative 591, which prohibits government agencies from confiscating guns or other firearms without due process, and prohibits requiring background checks unless there’s a national requirement to do so.

This initiative is an easy no. We already can’t confiscate guns without due process. A person’s guns have more protection than their houses.

The real goal of the initiative is the second part. The proponents want to prevent background checks. Basically, they want people to be able to sell guns to felons and the mentally ill. Those are the people that background checks catch. Not that background checks catch everyone forbidden to have guns. But it doesn’t make sense to prohibit the checking completely.

Jesse James, half-length portrait, facing front, holding handgun in left hand at his waist
Jesse James, half-length portrait, facing front, holding handgun in left hand at his waist

We have another initiative on the ballot on background checks. I’ll post about that one next. In the meantime, remember that these people want to sell guns to known criminals, like Jesse James.

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holyoutlaw From: holyoutlaw Date: October 24th, 2014 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
My understanding is that WA's background check requirements are currently stronger than the federal requirements. I-591 would weaken our background check requirements to the federal level.
gkr From: gkr Date: October 24th, 2014 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
According to the fiscal impact statement prepared by the state OFM, "current state law regarding a background check on the recipient of a firearm would remain in effect." It's possible that could be overturned by a lawsuit.
holyoutlaw From: holyoutlaw Date: October 24th, 2014 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the correction.
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