You’re at the range.
A longtime friend comes over and asks if he could try your handgun, as he’s contemplating buying one.
Of course you agree. That’s what gun owners do.
If this scenario occurs in Washington State after the passage of Initiative 594, both of you have broken the law.
Initiative 594 would classify this as a transfer — something that would require paperwork, fees, a waiting period and if it involves a handgun, government registration.
The proposed legislation doesn’t even recognize a loan among family members.
A dad couldn’t loan a shotgun to his son on opening day without the proper paperwork.
I am not kidding.
It’s a registration scheme disguised as “Universal background check” legislation.
I-594 is perhaps the most ill-conceived ballot initiative I’ve ever seen. Sure, there are gun laws that have been more harmful, such as those with “ban” in the title. Few, however, are so poorly thought out.
As you can imagine, there is a lot of money rolling in to support the ballot initiative. Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates have donated millions.
NRA and other gun groups are getting involved.
Washington gun owners are pushing back hard. They have created a must-read website, and are getting the word out via social media.
Their handy “pocket guide” explains the bill very clearly.
You will be hearing a lot about 594. If it passes, there’s no doubt it will become a template for other states.