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The King County, WA Board of Health proposed “Gun Safety Action Plan.”

            The King County Board of Health met July 17th to conclude its Gun Safety Action Plan Summit, a two-day meeting designed to push sweeping gun control laws at the local level.  What is the Gun Safety Action Plan, you ask?  It’s a multi-step approach to putting new gun control laws on the books passed by the King County Council last October.  At the time, it consisted of five main points:

  • requiring gun owners to lock up firearms and ammunition when not in use or “under the control” of the gun owner.
  • require signs warning of the dangers of gun ownership be posted at gun stores and ranges
  • a youth-led commission to “assess and provide recommendations for reducing gun violence that they experience.”
  • a working group designed to look at ways to push gun control laws under the guise of “public health”
  • requiring the King County Sheriff to destroy forfeited firearms, instead of selling them to law abiding citizens or FFL’s.

That’s not the end of the Gun Safety Action Plan agenda, but there’s a hurdle standing in the way of their gun control wish list: firearms pre-emption law.  Right now, state law in Washington mandates a uniform firearms law standard across the entire state, and determined by the state legislature through the normal legislative process.  Anti-gun advocates hate firearms pre-emption laws. They want localities to be able to set their own gun control laws mandating possession, use, storage, sale, and purchase.  It’s more expensive for 2A organizations to sue a dozen different communities over unconstitutional gun laws than it is to challenge a bad law at the state level.  It’s easier for gun owners to get caught in a patchwork system where laws may vary depending on what side of the street you’re on.  Most importantly for gun control activists, it gives them wins.  It gives them territory.

Earlier this year, a bill that would have gutted firearms pre-emption died in the legislature, but the anti-gun Alliance for Gun Responsibility has made passage of similar legislation a priority for next year’s session.  If that happens, King County’s gun laws will suddenly look a lot different, according to the local lawmakers behind the Gun Safety Action Plan.  As their website promises, the county council will move to immediately:

  • ban the sale and possession of semi-automatic, “high velocity” weapons.
  • ban the sale and possession of “high capacity magazines”
  • raise the age to 21 for all firearms sales and possession
  • establish a waiting period for taking possession of a firearm after a legal purchase has been made
  • require firearm safety training before taking possession of a legally purchased firearm

Show this agenda the next time you hear a gun control activist say “no one wants your guns”.  Here are county officials frankly and honestly admitting that, yeah, actually they do want your guns.  Actually, they want you to not have your guns. And your magazines. They want to make it a crime for you to teach your child actual gun safety, and how to shoot responsibly.  And they want to make exercising your 2nd Amendment rights contingent on you getting permission from them first.

Josh, www.BlackRifleUnited.com; 7/19/19

 

SAF: ‘Gun-free zones are shooting galleries for maniacs; end them’

            Declaring that so-called “gun-free zones are shooting galleries for maniacs,” the Second Amendment Foundation today is calling for an end to such designations by launching an advertising campaign aimed at print and online publications. “Without a self-defense option,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb, “we are all at greater risk.” The campaign has a simple message: “You’re a sitting duck in a gun-free zone.”

Gottlieb referred to a report from the Crime Prevention Research Center that 98 percent of mass public shootings since 1950 occurred in places where citizens are prohibited from having firearms. He noted that in Europe, “every mass public shooting has occurred in a gun-free zone.” He pointed to mass shootings at schools, shopping malls, movie theaters and churches as prime examples where “gun-free zone” designations did not prevent tragedies, but may actually have enabled crazed killers by making it impossible for the victims to fight back.

“Whether you’re talking about a high school in Florida, a theater in Colorado or a mall in Nebraska,” Gottlieb observed, “the common denominator has been that they all prohibited firearms on the premises. Of course, in every case, that ban had zero effect on the shooters who took innocent lives. There are numerous other examples where the gun-free mindset has been worse than a failure, and history has provided us the grim casualty counts to prove it. “The evidence shows that gun-free zones are not the answer,” he stated. “Indeed, they provide an added danger because they prevent legally armed citizens from defending themselves and others, while creating the mere illusion of safety. “For more than two decades,” Gottlieb said, “the U.S. has perpetuated a false sense of security with gun-free zones. It’s time to end this dangerous folly. Nobody wants to be a sitting duck in a maniac’s shooting gallery.”

Second Amendment Foundation, www.saf.org; 7.16.19

 

National Shooting Sports Month – The Best Way to Grow the Shooting Sports

            August is National Shooting Sports Month, designated three years ago by the National Shooting Sports Foundation Whether through target shooting at a favorite range, plinking in a backyard with friends and family, competing in a match or preparing for the fall hunting season, the month-long celebration acknowledges a common passion, and calls for welcoming and mentoring new shooters into the fold as we promote safe participation in all firearm-related activities.

Now the NRA is lending its support to this initiative, partnering with NSSF as it encourages shooting ranges, firearm retailers, public and private shooting clubs, shooting sports organizations and fish and wildlife agencies to collectively focus their attention on the fun and excitement of target shooting. “NRA welcomes the opportunity to partner with NSSF on this initiative, as it speaks to the core mission of NRA and its members,” said Joe DeBergalis, executive director, NRA General Operations. “Anyone who was mentored into the shooting sports understands how important it is to pay it forward, and should invite others to share in the enjoyment of firearms and hunting. It is through our qualified mentorship of newcomers that our passion and pastime will live on indefinitely.”

It’s easy to take part in this initiative. Here’s how:

  • Become an active participant in NSSF’s +One Movement, a nationwide campaign working to advance mentorship in hunting and the shooting sports by encouraging experienced shooters, hunters and firearm owners to take a new shooter to the range or field and allow them to experience first-hand what makes these pastimes so enjoyable.
  • Go to Letsgoshooting.org to discover the ranges and retailers in your area for this year’s celebration.
  • Participate in NRA’s Mentor Initiative, launched in 2015, which asks all NRA members to make a date to take new shooters to the range.
  • Become an NRA Recruiter or Instructor. NRA has room for all types of people to recruit and train new members.
  • Participate in one of the many women’s programs, like the Wilderness Escape or Women on Target Clinic.

For more information, visit www.nssf.org

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