Why I-1639 Must Fail

Stolen from Don B:

 

If I-1639 Vote is No

 

If I-1639
Vote Is Yes

 

Bob Smails, a repeat felon, buys a semiautomatic
rifle and uses it to kill a clerk and a customer while robbing a convenience
store.

 

Bob Smails, a repeat felon, buys a semiautomatic
rifle and uses it to kill a clerk and a customer while robbing a convenience
store.

 

 

Nothing
changes here. Criminals do not obey gun laws.

 

 

Disabled 20 year old veteran Latisha Robbins lives
in an area with a significant crime problem due to persistent financial
difficulties. Too young to purchase a handgun, she purchases a light AR15, a
firearm with which she became familiar during her military
service.

 

 

When drug addict Jerry Randall breaks into her
home, he hurriedly flees when Latisha points the rifle at him and click off the
safety.

 

Disabled 20 year old veteran Latisha Robbins lives
in an area with a significant crime problem due to persistent financial
difficulties. Too young to purchase a handgun or an effective rifle for self
defense, she is forced to hope that police officers respond in time to her 911
call.

 

 

When drug addict Jerry Randall breaks into her
home, what he does to her causes the responding officer to cry in his wife’s
arms, after finding Latisha’s body.

 

 

Retired bookstore owner Jerry Rodriguez has been
planning for a hunting trip across the country for over a year. Two weeks
before departure, he is sighting it in at the range and accidentally drops it,
badly damaging the action.

 

 

Chagrined at this misfortune, he is still able to
purchase a used Browning BAR hunting rifle from a store that conducts a
background check before selling it to him. The rifle is sighted in and his
hunting trip is saved.

 

 

Retired bookstore owner Jerry Rodriguez has been
planning for a hunting trip across the country for over a year. Two weeks
before departure, he is sighting it in at the range and accidentally drops it,
badly damaging the action.

 

 

Chagrined at this misfortune, goes to his local gun
store and tries to purchase a used Browning BAR hunting rifle from a store.
Despite his clean background and possession of a Concealed Pistol License
(which would exempt him from a handgun waiting period, though not a redundant
background check), Jerry is unable to purchase the BAR. I-1639’s 10 BUSINESS
DAY waiting period does not exempt CPL holders. It also requires proof of
having completed a training course….without specifying the contents of that
course, who will offer it and requiring that it be reasonably prices an
accessible to all.

 

 

Law enforcement officers are also governed by this
completely undefined process.

 

 

Bob Kowalski loses his 70 year old mother to
cancer, just before Christmas. It has been a hard year for Bob, who is recently
divorced, and he finds it difficult to keep depression at bay. However, he
finds solace in competitive shooting and finds a good therapist who has Bob use
a mild dose of an anti-depression medication for a year. Fortunately, he
ultimately overcomes the depression.

 

 

Bob Kowalski loses his 70 year old mother to
cancer, just before Christmas. It has been a hard year for Bob, who is recently
divorced, and he finds it difficult to keep depression at bay. However, he
finds solace in competitive shooting and finds a good therapist who has Bob use
a mild dose of an anti-depression medication for a year. Fortunately, he
ultimately overcomes the depression.

 

 

Unfortunately, a couple years later the state
legislature adds every person who has ever used any amount of anti-depression
medication to the list of persons unable to legally own any firearms. Bob’s
purchase of a rifle under I-1639 gave the state the means to circumvent HIPAA’s
privacy protections and access his medical records at any point in the future.
As a result of his brief anti-depressant use, all of Bob’s firearms are
confiscated.

 

 

Another consequence of this is that a large number
of people battling depression avoid seeking help to deal with that depression
and even suicidal thoughts. Some end up taking their own
lives.

 

 

Anne Holms is a former single mom whose kids have
grown and moved away. She keeps a pistol for self protection and is
conscientious about keeping it locked when she is not using it. Unfortunately,
the locked container is stolen from her home during a break-in while she is
away.

 

Anne Holms is a former single mom whose kids have
grown and moved away. She keeps a pistol for self protection and is
conscientious about keeping it locked when she is not using it. Unfortunately,
the locked container is stolen from her home during a break-in while she is
away.

 

 

Under I-1639, Anne is guilty of community
endangerment and is prosecuted as a criminal when her gun is stolen and used in
a robbery where a clerk is shot.

 

 

Washington state continues a precarious financial
juggling act, not helped by an Attorney General and Governor repeatedly engaging
in spurious, contrived lawsuits against the Federal
government.

 

Washington state continues a precarious financial
juggling act, not helped by an Attorney General and Governor repeatedly engaging
in spurious, contrived lawsuits against the Federal government.
Making
matters worse the Attorney General and courts will be untangling this initiative
in the courts for decades. For example, the storage requirement is clearly
overruled by the storage findings of the landmark Heller case of 10 years ago.
It will cost the state millions….paid for by peeved
taxpayers.

 

Cabelas hires 10 additional seasonal employees from
early November until just after Christmas.

 

Cabelas hires less seasonal employees during the
holiday season and lays off 2 permanent employees due to the financial chaos
wrought by this overly broad and clumsy initiative.

 

 

The state legislature continues to occasionally
consider firearms laws. As has become virtually a tradition, gun control
activists are given prior notice of hearing dates and are bused in and issued
color-coordinated orange shirts by out of state financier Michael Bloomberg.

 

 

They are still outnumbered by gun rights activists
who manage to take off days from work on short notice. Little
changes.

 

 

The state legislature continues to occasionally
consider firearms laws. As has become virtually a tradition, gun control
activists are given prior notice of hearing dates and are bused in and issued
color-coordinated orange shirts by out of state financier Michael Bloomberg.

 

 

They are still outnumbered by gun rights activists
who manage to take off days from work on short
notice.

 

 

However, some things have
changed.

 

 

          Democrats have
decided that it is now open season on gun owners and begin constant efforts to
enact ever stricter gun laws, like California does. Washington state gun
owners, used to a fairly stable set of laws, are left uncertain from one year
to the next which of their guns will remain legal

 

          Some legislation is
passed without real feedback over a weekend, as was attempted in 2018.

 

          At the same time,
the gun owners who up to now have had a huge stake in obeying all laws conclude
that there is no point in doing so.

 

Of course, the creators of this initiative view nearly all of this as features and not bugs. An increase in crime and chaos paves the way for more government infringement of our rights.

Vote NO on I1639 and ask your friends, relatives, and neighbors to vote no. Get materials to help get the word out.

Donate your time and money to fund efforts (as I have also done) to defeat I-1639.

4 thoughts on “Why I-1639 Must Fail

  1. Yep, that’s about the way it works. Illegal (unconstitutional) laws need not be obeyed.

    But if you’re a legal firearms owner, and the bill passes, it might be a good idea to not buy your next gun; instead, find a good lawyer and pay him a healthy retainer to represent you when your case comes up for trial.

  2. An activist who was interested in extending I-1639 could make the case that anybody who is taking Fish Oil is taking an antidepressant. A similar case can be made for anybody who goes to tanning parlors or spends inordinate amounts of time in the sun. The activist can claim that the person is “self medicating” and extend, via precedent, 1639 to exclude anybody who ever tanned or took fish oil.

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