May 21, 2015
The Columbian responded to the dismissal of the gun lobby’s lawsuit against Initiative 594 by calling the effort a “solution when there is no problem”:
“During the election debate over I-594 and ever since the initiative was passed, opponents have done their best to scuttle it. They held a rally in front of the state Capitol in which they handed guns back and forth — defiantly hoping to be arrested; nobody was. Now they have put themselves in the curious position of arguing that a law they abhor should be more stringently enforced — even though the law poses no threat to law-abiding gun owners. Even those with ordinary intelligence can see the canard in their reasoning.
I-594 is not a panacea, but it is a perfectly reasonable attempt to make it more difficult for felons to obtain guns while not infringing upon the rights of law-abiding citizens. It simply closed a loophole that allowed felons to purchase weapons at gun shows, even if they could not do so at a gun store. Opponents thus far have presented nothing other than hypotheticals to discredit the law, and in the process, they have come up with a solution where there is no problem.”
Read the full editorial here.
May 21, 2015
The Everett Herald urged the gun lobby to back off Initiative 594 after its lawsuit against the measure was dismissed:
“But the intent of the law should be clear enough — even to those of us with ordinary intelligence — that it wouldn’t take but the slightest exercise of logic to see that neither FedEx workers nor unmarried couples need fear arrest or prosecution.
Perhaps the best example that most gun owners aren’t likely to risk arrest was a demonstration staged on the Capitol grounds in Olympia shortly after the law’s passage where protestors handed their firearms back and forth in full view of law enforcement. Public protests are not a specific exemption, yet no arrests were made.”
Read the full Everett Herald editorial here.
May 19, 2015
On May 10th, the Spokesman Review editorialized on why the gun lobby’s empty warnings against Initiative 594 “lost their oomph”:
“The problem for I-594 opponents is that the law doesn’t go as far as the imaginative ‘what-ifs’ posed during their failed campaign to defeat the initiative.
According to an Associated Press report, ‘They questioned whether background checks would be required for a FedEx worker who transported a gun sold in Washington, whether an unmarried couple living together would be allowed to share a gun, or whether an airline worker would need a background check before handling luggage containing a firearm.’
So far, all these hypotheticals have remained hypothetical.
But that’s an inconvenient truth when trying to get a law tossed that does many things opponents don’t like, such as requiring a background check on private sales. The law is clear on that, so opponents went hunting for examples of confusion in other areas of the law.”
Read the entire editorial here.
May 7, 2015
KING5 looks at the dismissal of the Gun Lobby’s lawsuit to overturn Initiative 594:
“A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit challenging parts of Washington state’s new law expanding background checks on gun transfers.
U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle in Tacoma ruled Thursday that opponents of the law didn’t have standing to challenge the parts of Initiative 594 that required background checks for noncommercial gun transfers. The judge said they had not suffered any injury or shown that they are at risk of being prosecuted…”
Watch the story here.
April 30, 2015
“OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a law to allow family members to request notification from police when confiscated guns are returned.
Inslee signed the ‘Sheena Henderson Act’ into law Tuesday afternoon with her family members looking on. The bill is named for a Spokane woman killed by her husband in a 2014 murder-suicide in which he used a weapon police had returned to him without her knowledge.”
Read more here from The Columbian.