Northwest ‘Resistance’ to Gun Control Gathering Momentum & Money

WAC President Bill Burris at a 2018 shooting competition. (Dave Workman)
The fundraising effort was led by WAC President Bill Burris, a retired Pierce County Sheriff’s detective. (Dave Workman)

Puyallup, Wash – -(AmmoLand.com)- At their monthly weekend gun show held at the Puyallup, Wash., fairgrounds, members of the Washington Arms Collectors (WAC) contributed to a fund-raising effort to help support the federal court challenge of anti-gun Initiative 1639, which was passed by Evergreen State voters in November, but is now raising alarms across the state.

That lawsuit was filed jointly by the Second Amendment Foundation and National Rifle Association, with two firearms retailers and four individual citizens.

It is the latest chapter in an effort to roll back the far-reaching measure, which has already attracted a bipartisan repeal bill in the State Legislature in Olympia, sponsored by State Rep. Matt Shea, and 14 other lawmakers. That measure is House Bill 2103.

And, as reported earlier by AmmoLand, county sheriffs in the state have announced they will not enforce provisions of the initiative, either because the measure is being challenged in court or because they do not believe it is constitutional. Currently, at least 20 sheriffs have taken that approach, along with five county commissions. There is also an online petition aimed at a repeal.

Coincidentally, this upsurge in activism comes as the U.S. House of Representatives is reportedly preparing to vote on a so-called “universal background check” bill – H.R. 8 – this week. Anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety sent an email blast Monday calling on fellow gun prohibitionists to flood Congress with calls, asking House members to pass the legislation.

All of this is happening, gun rights activists say, because Democrats are now in control of the House, and they also control the Washington Legislature. Democrats occupy the governor’s offices in Washington and neighboring Oregon, another state facing a push to pass stricter gun controls this year. They seem determined to ratchet down on the rights of gun owners.

Washington State Rep. Matt Shea is sponsoring a bill to repeal Initiative 1639. (Dave Workman)
Washington State Rep. Matt Shea is sponsoring a bill to repeal Initiative 1639. (Dave Workman)

The weekend WAC gathering saw a crowd stretching halfway around the fairgrounds, according to show management. The fundraising effort was led by WAC President Bill Burris, a retired Pierce County Sheriff’s detective, one day after a legislative “cut-off” that halted progress on several anti-gun-rights bills. Still, the Seattle-based Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a billionaire-backed gun control lobbying group, was crowing that “legislators moved more than a dozen gun responsibility bills out of policy committees, taking action to help save lives and prevent violence in our state.”

What the WAC did over the weekend might serve as a model for other gun show operators and grassroots state or regional organizations. Even local gun clubs could help raise funds by essentially “passing the hat” at meetings, or soliciting donations at gun shows by reminding attendees that if some proposed gun laws are enacted, such as extended “waiting periods,” gun shows could be in peril.

In a way, this is an exercise of karma against Washington State progressive liberals who think nothing of ignoring specific laws if it suits their political agenda. For example, Seattle and King County want to establish so-called “safe injection sites” for heroin users, despite the drug laws. Seattle is a “sanctuary city,” and Washington is a “sanctuary state” that many argue conflicts with federal immigration laws.

If the vote on H.R. 8 occurs this week in the House, the bill still faces an uphill fight in the U.S. Senate, where Republicans remain in control.

Likewise, a second bill that could see House action is H.R. 1112, which would extend the time for a background check from three to ten days, and then an additional ten days if the check doesn’t clear within the original time frame. This legislation could effectively put gun shows out of business; some people worry. In a conversation with WAC’s Burris, he is convinced that the Washington State legislation was designed precisely to damage if not destroy weekend gun shows.

Meanwhile, an alarming bill that is still in play in Oregon is SB 501, a sweeping piece of legislation that requires a person to secure a [new jersey style] permit before purchasing or otherwise receiving firearm, puts a five-round limit on magazines, requires a background check to purchase ammunition and restricts ammunition purchases to 20 rounds per month.

With all of these proposals, many rights activists are convinced that anti-gunners see the Second Amendment and state constitutional right-to-bear-arms provisions more as government-regulated privileges than as protected fundamental rights.

In Oregon, Article 1, Section 27 of the state constitution says, “The people shall have the right to bear arms for the defence of themselves, and the State, but the Military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power.”

In neighboring Washington, the state constitutional provision reads, “The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.”


About Dave WorkmanDave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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TL
TL
2 years ago

Sounds kinda like what Hitler did to the Jews,.
Disarm,register # by tattoo, then gased.
The Democrats call us ss nazi’s, I think they should look in the mirror.

TheHolyCrow
TheHolyCrow
2 years ago

An article today on ZeroHedge says that Trump has promised to VETO that gun registration bill if it gets to his desk.

Timothy Votaw
Timothy Votaw
2 years ago

My fellow Oregonians, take a few pages here from Washington’s woes. They relaxed their vigilance, never thinking this draconian over-reach by rich, left-wing progressives could happen outside the Seattle area. But like Oregon, with the same ilk calling the shots in left-wing Portland and Salem, we are standing on the eleventh hour hand of our own clock of gun rights being vaporized. Do NOT allow this to happen to Oregon, not without a helluva fight. Come to Salem on March 23, and stand up with us at the Capitol, let Gov. Brown and the corrupted Legislature know this isn’t going… Read more »

James Evans
James Evans
2 years ago

AMMOLAND is taking down comments?

Get Out
Get Out
2 years ago

The anti-gunners tactics are to make it illegal or require a background check to purchase gun related items. They’ll be able to establish a data base of law abiding gun owners. Prime example would be to purchase ammo for an unregistered firearm passed down 3 or 4 generations that requires a BGC to purchase.

Concerned citizen
Concerned citizen
2 years ago

Did you notice that the gun banning politicians are pro-drugs, pro -illegals, pro-gay, for higher taxes and anti-white?

James Evans
James Evans
2 years ago

I’ve noticed for 30 years.

JPM
JPM
2 years ago

New Mexico Sheriffs and Counties are doing the same thing in response to the Santa Fe legislature and Democrat twit governor passing draconian gun control laws. Next step is open season on LEOs stupid enough to try and enforce those laws against armed and determined citizens.

Mr. Bill
Mr. Bill
2 years ago

Seems “odd” that they’re more interested in registering lawful citizens than they are in nationwide use of E-Verify.

J Gibbons
J Gibbons
2 years ago

Interesting that the state leaders are so upset over sheriffs choosing not to enforce a law that is clearly unconstitutional but they are hellbent on enforcing other laws that are just as unconstitutional in terms of immigration and drugs.

Greg K
Greg K
2 years ago
Reply to  J Gibbons

Speech, etc…Here’s the thing, we need to back our Sheriffs that are bucking the Progressives on this issue. Here’s why; Rewarding good behavior, breeds more good behavior. It’s something to build on.

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
2 years ago
Reply to  J Gibbons

J Gibbons, where in the Constitution does it state that illegal aliens have a right to stay in the USA? As to illegal drugs, similarly there is no enumerated Constitutional right to illegal drugs. However, the Constitution speaks quite clearly to our right to keep and bear arms, to the point that it specifically states that the RKBA “shall not be infringed.” Now if you want to discuss whether or not illegal drugs shouldn’t be so, I will agree on that point and to that point. As far as illegal aliens being “allowed” or have a right to be in… Read more »

Tionico
Tionico
2 years ago

The COnstitution DOES assign to Congress the duty to establish a uniform rule on naturalisation, the process for resident non-citizens to become citizens. That Congress then assigned a part of that responsibiltuy to the President to determine WHO may enter our territory and on what bases.. Thus it has been established that people wanting to come here MUST comply with certain laws, policies, peroceedures, to get here and/or stay here. Foreign nationals not citizens or lawful residents have no right to be here, and anyone aiding and abetting them to get here or remain here outside of the rule of… Read more »

Gas Block in WA
Gas Block in WA
2 years ago

Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary will enforce the unconstitutional law.

Mark S. Davies
Mark S. Davies
2 years ago

Time for a new Constitutional sheriff.

Conrad
Conrad
2 years ago

The unseen hand of politics eh?
Snohomish and Martin Luther King County are spoonin’, kissin’ and lovin’ cousins.

m.
m.
2 years ago

WA gun-control d-suckers need to have their choke chains yanked real hard.

Tionico
Tionico
2 years ago
Reply to  m.

Talk is cheap. YOU come HERE and start DOING it.