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I'm sure that the criminal element will promptly obey this law if it passes. What a stupid idea, just another feel good law that will not work
I support HB 1588, because anyone wanting to use a firearm should understand the need to protect against the wrong people buying them. Now I've heard the argument that criminals and "bad" people will always find a way to access a gun, but we've got to do something to decrease the number of guns falling into the wrong hands.
House Bill 1588 would require state approval for all private firearm sales, including those between family, friends and neighbors and would only prevent law abiding citizens of firearms. Criminals do not purchase firearms through legal means!
House Bill 1588 proposes restrictions that will have no more effect on criminals and illegal gun use, than Washington and federal laws currently on the books that are not being adequately enforced. This Bill would impose a “universal background check” and provide the first steps toward universal registration of ALL firearms and owners. This system would impose a massive regulatory requirement, creating huge burdens and obstacles for those who attempt to legally exercise a fundamental constitutional right. It would also impose a fee or a tax on law-abiding gun owners to keep the process going and still do nothing about the gun problem with the criminal element. House Bill 1588 is an expensive, ineffective and totally unnecessary proposal.
Washington and federal lawmakers should not enact more gun control laws. They should focus their efforts on enforcing the laws that are currently on the books!
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