WA ‘Bump Stock Buyback’ Funded as OR braces For Ban Initiative

Bump fire stocks, like this one pictured in a YouTube screen snip from Central Texas Survival, are being “bought back” in Washington State.

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- While Washington State lawmakers have approved funding for a “bump stock buyback” at $150 apiece, gun owners in neighboring Oregon are already bracing for a fight next year when anti-gunners will push a measure aimed at banning “a variety of semi-automatic firearms,” as reported by KATU in Portland.

In the Evergreen State—which never owned the accessory “bump stocks” to begin with—the so-called “buyback” measure was passed 94-4 in the state House of Representatives, with an amendment to make it retroactive. Last year, the Legislature banned the devices in reaction to the Las Vegas mass shooting in October 2017. There is no evidence that a bump stock was ever used in a crime in Washington State.

At the time, however, lawmakers didn’t provide funding for the program that promised to reimburse “bump stock” owners. This time around, they’ve budgeted $150,000 for the program. The bill is headed back to the Senate for approval of the amendment.

The capitol campus in Olympia has been a busy spot for gun control activities so far this year. Dozens of bills were filed and many of them did not survive a legislative cutoff date late last month.

There are other measures that remain alive, however.

But nothing this year comes near the already-announced initiative campaign now being planned for next year south of the Columbia River. According to the KATU report, a retired attorney identified as Greg Wasson filed the 11-page measure that calls for, among other things, registration of so-called “assault weapons” and “large capacity magazines” within 120 days of the law’s effective date of Jan. 1, 2021, should it pass. The measure will need the signatures of 112,000 registered voters to be placed on the 2020 ballot.

The initiative is being called “The Common Sense Gun Regulation Act of 2020,” although critics contend there is nothing “common sense” about it. The initiative language asserts that, “The casual, anonymous possession of assault weapons actually threatens the safety and security of both the individual and society and does not qualify for constitutional protection.”

Well-funded Northwest anti-gunners have demonstrated that the new way to press their agenda is via public vote, although rights should never be up to a public vote, as Ayn Rand has explained.

However, the wealthy prohibition lobby doesn’t see it that way, so they’ve determined that the best way to pass gun control measures in the Pacific Northwest is to put them on an election year ballot. This assures that a maximum number of liberal voters will be filling out ballots, and gun control is always a priority with the self-identified “progressives.” For Washington, it’s the I-5 corridor vote centered in Seattle, For Oregon, it’s the lower Willamette Valley vote, centered in Portland.

Under terms of the proposed Oregon measure, “Any person who moves into (Oregon) and immediately prior to moving is in lawful possession of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine, shall…within 120 days:

  • Surrender the assault weapon or large capacity magazine to a law enforcement agency for destruction;
  • Transfer the assault weapon or large capacity magazine to a firearms dealer licensed under 18 U.S.C. 923 for lawful sale or transfer…
  • Render the assault weapon permanently inoperable.

An earlier attempt by a Portland-based religious group failed to get momentum two years ago, but this time around, Beaver State rights activists are alarmed.

Meanwhile, the “resistance” effort to a 2018 gun control initiative that was approved by Washington voters is maintaining momentum. The Police Chief Roger Morningstar of Morton, a community in eastern Lewis County, has signed a letter now circulating on social media that says his department “will not actively seek out violations of I-1639 in our area of jurisdiction.”

Anti-gun Gov. Jay Inslee, now running for president on a climate change agenda, and Attorney General Bob Ferguson recently sent an open letter to all licensed firearms retailers in the state, insisting that they obey the requirements of I-1639, which include no sales of any semi-auto rifle to anyone under age 21. Both Inslee and Ferguson are Democrats. Some activists have called this a “letter of desperation” because of the widespread, and high profile, resistance to enforcement of the initiative’s many provisions.

The initiative is being challenged in federal court by the National Rifle Association and Second Amendment Foundation.


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.

  • 20 thoughts on “WA ‘Bump Stock Buyback’ Funded as OR braces For Ban Initiative

    1. There is more bad news. I just found out that a set of seven judges voted 4-3 in favor of bushmaster being held liable for what happened in Sandy hook when a nut case murdered 20 kids and several teachers. Insanity. Not the kid who did the evil work, they blame the tool. Who made that hammer I hit my thumb with? I guess the major automobile manufacturers are about to be liable for every accident, ticket or broken down vehicle ever found. Every razor blade company that ever had anything to do with someone being cut by shaving is now liable? Insanity. Just makes no sense. Corrupt politicians, judges, enforcement. How can you tell when they are lying to you? Their lips move. Their job is to protect the very constitution and the freedoms and rights it espouses not to empower and enrich themselves by dismantling it. They have disavowed their oath, they are by definition, treasonous.

      Anyone who would surrender their firearms, ammo, magazines or other gear is foolish. Anyone who would enact laws that are against the constitution is a traitor and guilty of treason and deserving of the consequences of their actions. The same goes for enforcement, judges, lawyers etc. Treason has a legitimate, lawfully justified price. Looks like history is about to repeat itself, specifically the part that refers to Concord. Surrender your gear and you imperil your life and those around you who depend on you. Freedom is worth living for, warring for and dying for. Freedom has never been free, it only exists at the greatest of costs–human lives. Apathy in matters like these usually results in death. This is what socialism, communism and dictators depend on–nobody standing up and saying: you aint doing this, you are not going to remove our GOD given rights and freedoms. Rights and freedoms that are guaranteed by our very constitution and amendments. You are not getting my gear, not now, not ever. These things ARE worth fighting for, so don’t try.

      If you are not armed, get that way. If you are not trained, get that way. It is obviously coming. Arm up, carry on.

    2. The Federal ban on Bumpstocks reclassifies them as “machineguns”. Look up the value of “machineguns” on line (GunsAmerica etc) and you’ll see that the market value of a “machinegun” can run to $25,000. The Constitution’s Amendment V states “…nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation”.

      At $25,000 per, I bet Oregon would have an easy time collecting Bumpstocks – BUT THEY COULD ONLY COLLECT 6!

    3. Not just in Washington State, there is also no evidence that a bump stock was ever used in a crime in Las Vegas.

    4. A Right is not something given to you. A Right is something you are born with. The Constitution does not Give you Rights, it Protects the rights you are born with in a Free Country. When you vote to stop protecting a Right, you are saying you no longer believe in a Free Country and no longer wish to be Free.

      Being Free is why people came to the USA, and why people continue to immigrate to the USA. If you no longer want Freedom then there are plenty of other countries in the world that already stopped protecting people’s rights for you to go live in. Having lived in a number of those countries, including UK, Canada, Belgium, and Dubai, I can tell you that Freedom feels much better.

      The new wave of Democrats are trying to turn us into Europe. We already have a Europe. Making the USA just like Europe is taking away our Freedom of Choice on how to live our lives. There will be nowhere left to live that allows you to be Free, and that is the saddest part of the whole thing.

    5. I laugh at this for two reasons.
      First, as a proponent of Armed Civil Disobedience, this is just another ban to be ignored. There are no real records of anyone actually purchasing bump stocks. Put them away and shut your mouth about them.
      Second, bump-fire is a technique, not a thing. Learn the technique, and you can bump fire just about any semi-automatic rifle (.22LR is a little difficult, depending on the rifle, but who takes a .22LR into battle?). Learn it well, and you can use bump-fire in place of a select-fire weapon on full auto effectively for it’s intended purpose, laying down cover fire to keep your enemy’s head down while you and your compatriots advance forward. It will be a handy skill to be proficient in if the SHTF.

    6. “There is no evidence that a bump stock was ever used in a crime in Washington State.”
      There will be soon – when millions of law abiding citizens become felons for refusing to surrender legally bought and owned property.

    7. The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way, the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed. “Adolph Hitler” – from his book titled “Mein Kampf”

    8. RIGHTS which are reaffirmed, restated, supported that existed BEFORE the Constitution was penned. These RIGHTS in the Constitution CANNOT be voted out of existence by the gun ignorant DemocRATic communist/islamist/nwo politicians or the gun ignorant population of an area of America.

    9. I live in Oregon and am horrified by all this but no one seems to care kate brown and her brood will make this all pass

    10. I see gunowners simply burying their bumpstocks, and bracing for the soon coming day when everything that’s buried will *NEED* to be dug up for the BIG FIGHT that this nation will face. And I bet when that day comes, a ton of stuff that was buried 50 years ago will be dug up and used with great effect. Things that go pewpewpewpewpewpewpewpewpewpewpewpewpewpewpewpewpewpewpewpewpewpewpewpewpewpewpewpewpewpew.

      We need a rollback. Roll back ALL gun laws to 1776!!

        1. Well, you know what they say, “When it becomes necessary to bury your guns, it’s really time to dig them up”. (AND USE THEM!)

    11. I see a money making opportunity here!
      and a way to STICK it to them!
      Buy and set-up a 3D printer and print out bumpstocks…I guess the cost would be far lower than 150 per and you make 1000’s of them and bankrupt the system!

      1. I was thinking the same thing. Granted though they are only approving enough to buy back 1000 bump stocks. But what is the markup for the manufacturers? This is a way to quickly dispose of excess stock and get a tidy return on the unsaleable product. To keep it all legal the manufacturer could sell off the bump stocks at $75 each and then claim the loss on their taxes while giving loyal customers a way to make a $75 profit in the government-funded buy-back. Win-Win

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