Washington, Oregon Gun Prohibitionists Busy as 2022 Looms

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U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- Gun prohibitionists in Seattle and Portland are busy this month, but it’s not about spreading holiday cheer.

The billionaire-backed Alliance for Gun Responsibility has released its 2022 legislative agenda for the Washington Legislature, and it amounts to a lump of coal in the Christmas stockings of Evergreen State gun owners. Their “Wish List” spelled out in an email blast includes:

  • Prohibiting high-capacity magazines: The recent mass shooting at Oxford High School, along with Sandy Hook and all the deadliest mass shootings in the last decade have involved these excessive-capacity magazines. For the fourth year in a row, we will be demanding that lawmakers keep these deadly devices out of our communities.
  • Expanding protections against armed intimidation: Building on protections passed last year to prohibit open carry at the state capitol and demonstrations, this bill will extend those protections to public meetings, special polling places, and ballot counting locations.
  • Prohibiting untraceable ghost guns: Current Washington law prohibits the manufacture, sale, or possession of undetectable firearms but doesn’t address untraceable homemade guns—those without serial numbers. We must update existing law to close this deadly loophole.
  • Expanding funding for the Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention: Among other things, the newly-formed Office is tasked with public education and allocating funding to community-led violence prevention programs. We must ensure these programs have substantial funding in order to be successful.

Their 2022 policy agenda also includes this: “Establish Real Accountability: For years, federal law has shielded the gun industry—dealers and manufacturers—from nearly all accountability for the danger and damages their products cause. This means that the costs of gun violence are borne almost exclusively by victims and taxpayers. Creating real accountability for the gun industry by requiring microstamping and smart-gun technology and enabling accountability through Washington’s Consumer Protection Act creates a path to hold the industry and gun owners to higher standards.”

The Seattle Times is reporting that some lawmakers are already at work on at least some tenets of the wish list.

State Sen. Patty Kuderer (D-Bellevue) is reportedly sponsoring a proposed ban on “so-called assault rifles,” and will likely sponsor a magazine ban bill.

Therein will be a major problem because in an initiative three years ago, there is a definition of a “semiautomatic assault rifle” that literally applies to every semi-auto rifle ever manufactured, regardless of caliber. It applies to popular rimfire rifles such as the Ruger 10/22 and Remington Nylon 66. Here is the language:

“Semiautomatic assault rifle” means any rifle which utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing cartridge to extract the fired cartridge case and chamber the next round, and which requires a separate pull of the trigger to fire each cartridge.”

The Alliance has been unable to push its agenda even through a Democrat-controlled legislature, a fact not lost on the Seattle Times, which noted, “Democratic state lawmakers are proposing a fresh round of firearms restrictions as the Washington Legislature prepares to gather in January for its regularly scheduled session.”

Democrats invariably are at the roots of any recent gun control legislation. This year they may be tempered by the November 2022 elections, since any wrong moves could bring a shift in power as swing districts could change hands.

Interestingly, the Alliance has a fact sheet that includes this statement:

“TRENDS: In Washington, the rate of gun suicide increased 19 percent and gun homicide increased 34 percent from 2010 to 2019. Beginning in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic increased the risks of all types of gun violence. Washington, like the country as a whole, saw a record number of murders in 2020. Fortunately, the suicide rate declined in Washington and nationally, defying most predictions. While it is not possible to identify one reason, it’s clear that the presence of suicide prevention policies like Extreme Risk Protection Orders, voluntary waivers, and safe storage incentives, work to reduce gun suicide.”

The same fact sheet declares, “Washington has the 40th highest rate of gun violence in the United States,” which must mean it is near the bottom.

The Alliance bankrolled two extremist gun control initiatives—I-594 in 2014 and I-1639 in 2018—that were sold to Washington voters as measures to reduce “gun violence.” Billionaires including Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg, the late Paul Allen and Steve Ballmer provided millions of dollars of support for both campaigns, which overwhelmed gun owners. However, since passage of both initiatives, the number of murders in Washington has actually climbed. In 2020, according to data from the FBI Uniform Crime Report, Washington saw 279 homicides, not all of which involved firearms.

The Alliance’s “Fact Sheet” appears to play a bit loose with the facts. It says “Every year 781 Washingtonians are killed by guns,” as if that is a hard number.

The lobbying group says, “More people are killed by guns than die in car accidents in Washington State.” Last year, according to data from the state Department of Transportation, Washington logged 523 traffic fatalities. The gun-related deaths include suicides, accidents and murders, and the Alliance acknowledges, “More than 75 percent of gun deaths in Washington are suicides.” According to the FBI data, gun-related homicides in the state numbered less than 200 last year.

The FBI has not responded to requests for clarification of its homicide data in the 2020 crime report, which is not user-friendly.

South of the Columbia River, Portland-based anti-gunners calling themselves “Lift Every Voice Oregon (LEVO) are collecting signatures on Initiative Petitions 17 and 18, calling them “common sense” measures.

According to KATU News, IP 17 would require training and permits to purchase firearms, ban magazines over 10 rounds, and would not allow a firearm purchase to be completed until a background check is completed. It could result in an endless delay in a firearms transaction.

IP 18 would ban the future manufacture, import, transfer, sale or possession and use of so-called “semiautomatic assault firearms.” It would require registration of all existing “assault firearms” in the state within 180 days of the law taking effect.

Backers of both measures have until July 8, 2022 to gather 112,020 signatures in order to place the measures on the November 2022 ballot.

Meanwhile, a new Rasmussen survey reveals that 89 percent of likely voters are “concerned about the problem of violent crime in America, including 64 percent who say they’re very concerned.” Sixty-eight percent of voters say the problem of violent crime is getting worse.


About Dave 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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Bob

If Washington State or any other state is concerned about gun violence, here’s a couple of novel ideas .. Get the guns out of the hands of criminal first. Lock up people who commit crimes, especially violent crime rather than let them out without bail because they are poor. Get rid of prosecutors who won’t prosecute violent crimes. Support the police and let them do their job. Hassling honest people who want to protect themselves and their families from criminals is not going to solve anything. The Democrats and their leftist news media puppets would have you believe that teenage… Read more »

TStheDeplorable

This is a “last straw” issue for me. Though I live in a sensible area of Oregon, the idiot leftists of the cities outnumber us. If this passes, I’ll take all my income and spending and move it all to a red state. What foolishness. They are knowingly and purposely driving away the productive, as if their socialist dream can occur in the absence of producers to leech off of.

JSNMGC

Please take your not-so-qualified-immunity-supporting self to a state that is not a western mountain state.

Thank you.

musicman44mag

Hi TS. I support your opinion and actions. I too am sick and tired of the Anti gunner people moving here and messing OreGONE up. Montana is ok but they just rolled over from a demoncrat governor to a republican and cities like MIssoula and others are the same trash as potland and Seattle so not all of Montana is good. Wyoming is pretty good so long as you stay away from Jackson, Laramie. College towns are the biggest problem with all states. I am looking at South Dakota. It is largerly republican ran and only Sioux Falls and Rapid… Read more »

JSNMGC

TStheDeplorable supports not-so-qualified immunity without reformation. Please do not encourage him to move to Wyoming. It’s hard enough to work against the policies of the statists who already live here.

I also encourage people who support progressive federal income tax rates and any state income taxes not to move here.

I also encourage people who support stop and ID laws not to move here.

The “progressive agenda” includes much more than gun control.

swmft

cop… criminals on prowl GREED AT ITS WORST

Montana454Casull

Washington and Oregon are irrelevant in the great state of Montana . We see how well life is in Seattle and Portland and reject all that WOKE crap here in Big Sky country . We have a gun culture here in the state of Montana that the crazy liberals will never do away with .

musicman44mag

We here in OreGONE are over ran by the number of people that live in the communist cities like potland, corvallis and eugene and soon Bend. Take those three counties away and you have a majority of counties that support the 2nd amendment and vote republican. It wasn’t that long ago that Montana had a demonratt governor, had to make a law that cities could not make their own laws regarding concealed carry or gun free zones. In addition you just became a constitutional carry state in the early part of this year so I am not to sure that… Read more »

Vern

IF, politicians were so concerned about, “gun violence,” why are they so intent on disarming those who already obey the laws? Obviously, they don’t have enough intelligence to see with their eyes and hear with their ears the truth that it is the criminal element they should be pursuing to bring down gun violence and enforce the laws from the beginning instead of making new laws to disarm the law abiding. That is, unless the politicians themselves are members of the criminal element. That would fully explain why they are so intent on disarming the citizens who obey the laws,… Read more »

waterfowler19

you should take a break from the internet and get some fresh air

swmft

cop… criminals on prowl GREED AT ITS WORST

swmft

likely in his cruiser sucking wi fi from micky ds while on the clock eating junkfood

Tank

FOP – Fraternal Order of Police is Masonic organization. Explains it all.

JSNMGC

Ganley is one of three who have found a way to use friends to bump-up that annuity:

But, according to the NYPD:

“Whatever their title, our NYPD executives are leaders who work tirelessly to provide safe neighborhoods for all New Yorkers,”

https://nypost.com/2021/08/01/three-nypd-execs-drawing-both-pensions-salaries-payroll-review/

You see, it’s for our safety.

Tank

Continuing to spread agitprop of Deep State narrative about False Flag events like Sandy Hook here in Ammoland tells me things are seriously rigged & amiss. The Hidden Hand of Freemasonry are all over this site & it’s ridiculous, absurd & risible to pretend it doesn’t exist

“US Presidents are selected not elected.”
FDR

Russn8r

Workman, the weasel within.

12.21.07 HR 2640, NRA’s Latest “Victory.”
https://www.oregonfirearms.org/12-21-07-hr-2640-the-nras-latest-victory
NRA openly worked with Brady to pass it.

We commend Congress for strengthening the Brady background check.”
-Paul Helmke, Brady Pres

“When NRA & I agree on legislation, you know it’ll become law.” 
Schumer

Workman fans: Dave & Alan helped NRA spin it.
https://www.nraila.org/media/PDFs/workman_hr2640.pdf

Tionico

you are on his cse for something he did FIFTEENYEARS ago? Come on man. Dontchya think maybe he bought thattstuff back then and has had his eyes opened since? Did YOU ever make ONE mistake?

What is he doing these days? Seems to me heis doing some good owrk exposing the rot that is now more obvious than then. How many of us blindly supported the Iraq “invasioin” under Buch. but now realise we were scammed?

Russn8r

1 mistake my ass. e.g. Workman’s $wing turncoat vote saved LaPewCo to END NRA. If HE thinks they were mistakes why doesn’t HE say so? Why’d HE never recant? Are you his spokesman? Mindreader? If not, get off his jock.

How many of ‘us’? Don’t assume Ibacked the Iraq quagkrieg because you did. At least you admit you F’d up, which your hero Workman won’t do. Why? Either he’s not man enough to admit he F’d up & apologize, or he knew what he was doing & what he was getting in return and doesn’t think he made a mistake.

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