Washington State’s SB 5737 Gun Control More Draconian than Feinstein’s – Second Update 2/18/2013
Update 2: 2/18/2013: The original text of Washington State Senate bill 5737 has been found. It can be seen here. It is about halfway down the page (the third line 21 from the top of page 2).
Hat tip to reader Jeff. Thanks so much for taking the time to find it.
UPDATE: The wording regarding the county sheriff doing any inspections has apparently been removed. the link now points to a corrected copy of the bill.
For those who think that Lianne Feinstein’s gun control bill was draconian, you haven’t seen anything yet.
For those who believe that New York’s new gun control laws are more draconian, that’s nothing.
The Washington State Senate is introducing SB 5737: an assault weapons ban. Okay, how is this any different than any of the others?
It’s different because it not only allows the State of Washington to violate Second Amendment rights (or First Amendment if you’re Nancy Pelosi), it gives them the power and the right to violate your Fourth Amendment rights.
Let’s take a look at parts of the bill. Page 6, line 27:
(2) No person in this state shall possess or have under his or her control at one time both of the following:
(a) A semiautomatic or pump-action rifle, semiautomatic pistol, or shotgun capable of accepting a detachable magazine; and
(b) Any magazine capable of use with that firearm that contains more than ten rounds of ammunition.
In other words, they aren’t banning magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, you just can’t use them. In fact, you cannot possess the two together, even if the weapons are not loaded, unless you are turning it into the police for destruction, or going to a “duly licensed and lawfully operated” shooting range. As opposed to a duly licensed, unlawfully operated shooting range? If you are transporting to go to a shooting range, it has to be carried in a separate, locked container away from the ammunition. You have to be careful, because if they are stored together, they might be tempted to load themselves and go on a killing rampage. If you are caught in violation, you are guilty of a Class C Felony.
But here is where it gets chilling…. Page 7, line 18:
(5) In order to continue to possess an assault weapon that was legally possessed on the effective date of this section, the person possessing the assault weapon shall do all of the following:
(a) Safely and securely store the assault weapon. The sheriff of the county may, no more than once per year, conduct an inspection to ensure compliance with this subsection;
The county sheriff may conduct an inspection no more than once a year to ensure the weapon is safely secured and stored.
I wonder what would happen if you told the sheriff to come back with a warrant?
That is an absolute violation of the Fourth Amendment. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that the people who come up with these things obviously have no idea what the Fourth Amendment is.
Violating this section is a gross misdemeanor, however, Section 5 insinuates that if the sheriff doesn’t think that your weapon is secured enough, he can confiscate it, and you lose your “privilege” to possess an “assault weapon”. To State Senators Ed Murray (D), Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D), and Adam Kline (D), the Second Amendment is a privilege, not a right.
Each knee jerk reaction brings about more draconian legislation, but they ignore one major inconvenient fact.
Criminals don’t obey gun laws, but lawmakers don’t care. They know what’s best for all of us.