Yesterday, Washington joined a few other leftist-controlled states in banning anyone under 21 from buying a semi-automatic assault rifle. Additional massive gun restrictions will go into effect on July 1, so this is just the beginning.
Voters passed a firearms measure in November, after millions were poured into the state to support the measure that has drawn a major court challenge from experts who say the new laws violate both the Second and Fourteenth Amendments.
The ballot initiative makes background checks for people buying assault rifles more stringent, increases the age limit to purchase rifles to 21, and requires the “safe storage” of all guns.
Only the age-limit portion of the measure went into effect on January 1.
Kristen Ellingboe, a spokeswoman for the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, bragged about the ‘comprehensiveness’ of the new government prohibitions, and said “We’ve seen that assault rifles are the weapon of choice for mass shootings, and when they’re used, more people are killed and injured.”
Opponents have sued in federal court to block the law.
“Starting today, young adults between the ages of 18 to 20 will have their rights to purchase semi-automatic rifles stripped away,” said Dave Workman, a spokesman for the Bellevue, Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation.
The measure violates the Second and Fourteenth amendments of the Constitution as well as gun sellers’ rights under the Commerce Clause, according to experts.
“Plaintiffs in the lawsuit are firearms dealers in Spokane and Vancouver, a 19-year-old competitive shooter, a 19-year-old in the Army Reserves, a 20-year-old recreational shooter, the Second Amendment Foundation and the National Rifle Association.”
“The full measure, when it goes into effect later this year, will expand the background check process to ensure that vetting for rifle purchases is the same as for buying pistols.
“Now, people in Washington who buy long guns are run through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS. Background checks for handgun sales are done by local law enforcement agencies that can access NICS as well as more detailed records that might expose mental health issues or harder-to-find criminal records.”
Workman argues Washington’s new measure will take away firearms from law-abiding residents who can easily pass multiple background checks, and it will impair public safety and embolden criminals.
The people of Washington appear to be divided on the issue, with at least one Sheriff promising to ignore the unjust law.
A number of people point to the fact that the definition of the word “infringe” is derived from the Latin to break, or encroach. Such encroachments against the Second Amendment seem to be the primary bent of many ignorant liberals, many people agree.