Is everyone aware that Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-College Place, and one other Republican on the west side of the state are the only two Republicans who are voting with the Democrats for additional gun control?
They say HB 1588 is “closing the gun show loophole” but read the bill. The legislation would tax you to transfer a gun to your son or daughter. It would tax you to sell a gun to your neighbor.
The bill wants a background check done by the sheriff’s office or police of any gun transfer not between dealers and a fee up to $20 to be paid for the trouble of the background check by the law enforcement agency. Trust me, that fee will not cover the time for our law enforcement agency clerks to be doing background checks when they are already busy. I guess taxpayer dollars can add staff to our local agencies.
Guess what, a criminal who wants a gun will be stealing yours just like he has already been doing. He is not going to buy one. And if you think that a thief who sells his stolen gun to another thief is going to come in for a background check you don’t live in reality.
The only thing this bill will do is stop law-abiding citizens from being able to purchase guns from each other if they are not willing to pay the tax. Oh, and the $20, that is only the fee. You also get to take time off work to get to the law enforcement agency during business hours for the check, spend your gas and be inconvenienced — all because of a new law that only effects you, not the criminals.
I have been to lots of gun shows and most of those selling are dealers and the few who are not are selling grandpa’s gun collection. Your local criminal is not getting his gun there. He will get it from you or your neighbor after you leave for vacation.
He is not getting it from the ad in the paper. The last guns I saw for sale were old lever actions. And let’s be real, he certainly won’t care about another law for he already breaks all the laws.
What this bill does is simply more government control, more government taxes!