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I-594 … What now?

Host Kris Halterman will interview local gun rights supporters about the effects of Initiative 594 and what’s in store for the future from the 2nd Amendment Foundation and how it will impact Federal Firearm’s Licensed (FFL) dealers and consumerss.

Law enforcement officers, experienced at reading, interpreting and applying laws, can read the text of I594 and understand how it will affect them directly, and how irrelevant it is to crime control. Don’t take my word for it, go to the Secretary of State’s website and read the actual text for yourself (http://sos.wa.gov/_assets/elections/initiatives/FinalText_483.pdf). What you will find is a law that will be impossible to police, intended to criminalize only good citizens, a costly misdirection of scarce LE resources and funds, and a statute so broadly written that many of your own activities will become crimes.

Before attempting to analyze I594, you must first understand that it regulates

 all transfers, not just sales. I594 very clearly and broadly defines a transfer as any movement of a firearm from one person to another, no matter how temporary, and even without any money changing hands; this law is not about firearm sales. If you take possession of a firearm for any length of time and for any reason (safekeeping, hunting, loan, recreational sharing, safety training, coaching, transport, etc.) then you have met the I594 definition of transfer. Every transfer requires that a background be conducted by an FFL dealer at your expense, and this FFL background check must occur each and every time a firearm is transferred.

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