I write once in a great while when something hits me that I think you might be interested in putting in the blog, or just doing research on…
today is one of those days. Usually I comment on the blog as “The Patriarch”
22 years ago, my father passed (no, not 22 years ago today). A veteran of WWII, he brought home a bunch of weapons – a couple of Mauser 8mm bolt action rifles, and a single shot .22, which was apparently used for training on the Mauser.
And Walther P-38. Matching serial numbers, and holster (it was found with a German Medical officers uniform).
When he passed, I got the pistol, and one of the Mausers. Having hit a few rough times financially, I decided that I’d offer the pistol to my brother. My brother has been hunting and fishing and general outdoors kind of guy (more so than I am, sadly, for many reasons) We struck a deal and he said “ship it to me”. This should have been my first clue.
I informed him that the law won’t allow me to ship it directly to him, so unless he wanted to drive from MN to Seattle, he needed to find an FFL to transfer it through. This apparently surprised him. So he sends me the address of a dealer. Then I explained to him that I needed a copy of their FFL (for the shipper to verify the address), and why. I called them, and they promptly got my that.
Now it gets even more interesting. The FFL is asking for *my* FFL, but it’s not required, when shipping from WA, to ship through an FFL< only TO an FFL… which they researched and agreed with me about. So, I ship it to them.
My brother goes to pick it up – I offhandedly mentioned that he would need to fill out the 4473 and do the NICS … a couple hours later he texts me and says that they informed him that he needed a permit to purchase. He was way upset because he is moving at the end of the month and it will take time to get this permit.
I told him I thought it was weird he needed a permit to purchase when he wasn’t actually purchasing, and that this was weird because I thought WA firearm laws were wacky…
I was biting my tongue because I wanted to go on a rant about voting and getting people in gov’t that would respect the 2nd amendment, etc… but he wasn’t in the right frame of mind.
I was just a bit surprised that he hadn’t done the research first.
Anyway, it would seem that there are a lot of owners out there that are a bit complacent. Not aware of what is going on in the halls of government.
Use it or not.
I fear far too many gun owners don’t have a sufficient clue as to what is going on in many of the states. I’ve essentially given up on the legislatures and am betting (with thousands of dollars in donations each year to SAF and FPC) on the courts to reverse the infringements.