Monday, September 15, 2014

Facts Matter: I594, Part 2

The Myths of Initiative 594 - Washington Arms Collectors, continued (Originally published in Gun News)

(Some "Reality" explanations are edited for space considerations.)

Myth #14 – I have a concealed pistol license; this must exempt me from the requirements since I have already received a thorough background check.
Reality: Your CPL has no value in firearms transfers under I-594 and all of the transfer requirements still apply to you.

Myth #15 – The waiting period of five days for non-CPL transfers remains unchanged.
Reality: The waiting period is now 10 days.

Myth #16 – My brother and I are both shooters and collectors. We often sell firearms to each other. I understand that these family transfers are exempt from I-594 provisions.
Reality: Absolutely not! While there is an exception for “bona fide gifts” within and among family members, it does not apply to sales. You and your brother will be multiple violators.

Myth #17 – I-594 advertises that private transfers are exempt from sales tax, at least this is a good thing.
Reality: Private property transactions are subject to use tax, not retail sales tax. Again, it appears that I-594 proponents are creating a smokescreen in an attempt to make I-594 appear reasonable. I-594 amends only RCW 82.08 which regulates retail sales and businesses.

Myth #18 – My brother-in-law is a police officer and he says that he is exempt from I-594.
Reality: The I-594 law enforcement exception is only valid while on-duty. It does not apply to private purchases even if the firearm will be used on-duty (backup guns and patrol rifles are often personally purchased and these transfers must follow all I-594 laws).

Myth #19 – I have heard I-594 people stating that this is not a firearm registration law.
Reality: I-594 requires that every transfer be reported to the Department of Licensing, and while the requirements imposed on DOL are not clear, it seems that all firearm transfers are reported to DOL thus creating a registry of all firearms owners.

Myth #20 – This is a minor expansion of existing background check law and will not cost much.
Reality: I-594 does not just apply to sales, rather it applies to all transfers. We know that there are thousands of non-exempt transfers that take place each week during hunting, recreational shooting, coaching, practice and firearm maintenance.
We must assume that every one of these transfers will be reported to the Department of Licensing and that they will maintain records as required. Assuming full public compliance with the broad reaching language of I-594 there will be millions of new records created annually.
The burden on DOL will be staggering and it is unfunded. New buildings, computers, and personnel will be required. We know from DOL’s own testimony before legislative committee that they are approximately six months behind on new handgun registrations.
It is most likely that DOL will never be able to meet the requirements of I-594.

Myth #21 – The transfer of a firearm through a dealer won’t cost me much.
Reality: We don’t know what the cost will be as it is not capped within I-594.
Currently most dealers charge between $30 and $50 per transaction.

Myth #22 – I-594 is worth voting for if it catches criminals attempting to purchase firearms.
Reality: I-594 does not impact criminal access to firearms. This is already illegal and criminals will not use legal transfers to obtain firearms; rather they steal them and buy on the street. I-594 only affects the law-abiding firearm owner and will make criminals of many innocent people.

Myth #23 – We have to do something to stop the mentally ill from purchasing firearms!
Reality: We all agree, but I-594 contains not a single provision that will allow closer scrutiny of those who are mentally ill, or drug-impaired. Instead I-594 is targeted at responsible citizens.

Myth #24 – I’m an FFL dealer and I-594 will be good for me and my business.
Reality: It may be impossible for a Federal Firearms Licensee to follow both Federal and State law and rules. I-594 requires that the seller, “shall deliver the firearms to a licensed dealer to process…the transfer as if it is…transferring the firearm from its inventory.”
I-594 instructs the FFL dealer to handle the transfer “as if it is selling or transferring the firearm from its inventory…”, but then also allows the seller, who still owns the firearm, to leave with the firearm.
The reality is that an FFL dealer may lose his license if he allows an item in his inventory to leave the premises.

Myth #25 – The answer to I-594 is for every club, school and range to have an FFL dealer “on duty.”
Reality: even this extreme accommodation will likely not work. FFL dealers can conduct transfers only at their place of business or a bona fide gun show. There is no such thing as a roving FFL dealer who can perform the background checks required for all transfers under I-594.

Myth #26The changes in I-594 are the only way to background check gun buyers.
Reality: There are efficient and (to some of us) acceptable ways to background check gun buyers. The Concealed Pistol License can be upgraded to a background check document that would serve as a transfer document; then all those with a CPL, who have already been backgrounded and fingerprinted, could use this license to effect lawful transfers.

Bottom Line: 
594 is not designed to keep guns from criminals or reduce crime; it is intended to create overwhelming obstacles to the private possession and use of firearms. I-594 targets recreational shooters, competitors, hobbyists and collectors.

That is the second half of the "Myths of 594"; Part one is here: Facts Matter: I594, Part 1

Other sources:
CCRKBA Talking Points - I591 & I594 - Washington Arms Collectors
I-594 is fundamentally dishonest - Washington Arms Collectors
NRA-ILA I-594 Talking Points - Washington Arms Collectors

Facts Matter: I594, Part 1

The Myths of Initiative 594 - Washington Arms Collectors (Originally published in Gun News)

("Reality" explanations are edited for space considerations.)

Myth #1 – I-594 requires background checks only for gun sales.
Reality: I-594 “would extend criminal…background checks to all guns sales or transfers.”

Myth #2 – Failing to do the I-594 paperwork on, for example, the loan of a firearm to another must be a minor violation like a traffic violation, right?
Reality: I-594 re-writes Washington law to make transfer violations the equivalent of RCW “serious offenses” such as rape, drive by shootings and vehicular homicide.

Myth #3 – Gifts of a firearm are exempted.
Reality: Not true – gifts are specifically included in the definition of transfers requiring a dealer and registration of the firearm.

Myth #4 – A person can loan a firearm, without going through a dealer, to another as long as it is returned to him,.
Reality: Transfers are defined by I-594 to include any loan of a firearm.

Myth #5 – I-594 is primarily a gun show law requiring background checks at shows.
Reality: I-594 regulates all transfers “between unlicensed persons.”

Myth #6 – I can hand my firearm off to my friend for some minor repair without doing all the transfer paperwork, after all I will get my own firearm back.
Reality: You and your friend will both have committed crimes if you make this transfer without an FFL dealer for the transfers in both directions; this is two separate transfers as defined by I-594.

Myth #7 – My gun club can continue to offer firearm safety training with our member instructors providing the firearms for use by the trainees.
Reality: Probably not – there is an exception but it states that the, “firearm is kept at all times, at an established shooting range authorized by the governing body of the jurisdiction in which such range is located.

Myth #8 – Coaching of shooters which includes the handing back and forth of a firearm is exempt from I-594.
Reality: I-594 contains an exception which may allow transfer to a person under age 18 for “educational purposes…while under the direct supervision and control of a responsible adult….” This exception would not permit transfer during adult classes such as women’s handgun classes, adult hunter education, other types of training , or range orientation training.

Myth #9 – I can loan a hunting rifle to a friend during hunting season.
Reality: No, you absolutely cannot. There is an exception that would allow you to hand your rifle to another licensed hunter “while hunting” but this only applies during the actual hunt if both hunters are present and licensed; so you may hand your rifle across the fence to a partner, but if your hunting partner drops his rifle and damages it, you cannot loan your extra rifle – it would be a crime.

Myth #10 – I keep a rifle in my truck and occasionally allow my daughter to drive this vehicle on our property – this can’t be a crime?
Reality: Unless you are in the truck with your minor child, this is a transfer requiring an FFL dealer at two points. There is a transfer when she departs with the truck and when she returns it to you – possession equals transfer under I-594.

Myth #11 – My son and I go to the range to shoot trap – we take only my shotgun because he can’t afford one; surely we can share the shotgun.
Reality: If your son is a minor and you supervise him then you can share, but, oddly, if your son is over age 18 then these transfers would be illegal. I-594 appears intended to entrap entire families with these nonsense violations.

Myth #12 – My children have both hunted since they were young and have the required hunter education training and licenses. They have always used my firearms and they are free to choose the one that best fits the game. Can I continue to allow them to use my rifles and shotguns during hunting season?
Reality: No, both you and your children will be committing a I-594 crime if they use your firearms during hunting season without your “direct supervision.” This means that you must be present, able to see and contact the child you are supervising.

Myth #13 – Our local high school has a trapshooting team in which my daughter competes with my rather expensive shotgun. This must be okay.
Reality: Yet another trap for you and your daughter. You will both commit criminal violations each and every time that she takes the shotgun to practice. There is an exception that would allow you to bring the shotgun to a competition and transfer it to your daughter, but this does not apply to practice, only to “organized competition.” And if a firearm is transferred to her at a competition, it must be transferred back at that same location.

That is the first half of the "Myths of 594"; I'll post the other half after I get home from work.

Other sources:
CCRKBA Talking Points - I591 & I594 - Washington Arms Collectors
I-594 is fundamentally dishonest - Washington Arms Collectors
NRA-ILA I-594 Talking Points - Washington Arms Collectors

The numbers on I-594

In case anyone doesn't believe me that the 1% is fully behind Initiative 594, Barron points out that the Public Disclosure Commission has the numbers: I-594 contributions.

For those of you NOT in Washington State, whop are celebrating because the New York Times has admitted that the assault weapons ban was useless, and Alans Gura and Gottlieb keep winning in the courts, consider what will happen when the 1% descends on you and gets legislation like I-594 passed, that will strangle your gun rights undfer color of "reasonable gun control."
Vote NO 594 | Initiative 594 | Details of a deeply flawed initiative
Initiative 594 is a universal handgun registration scheme being promoted by a very wealthy group of anti-gun elitists who have already raised more than $7 million to qualify and pass this initiative.  Although they describe it as a “universal background check” measure, it is not universal because criminals will never comply with the requirements.  It is, however, universal handgun registration. Under I-594, every time a handgun is transferred, the person receiving the handgun will have their name added to the government database being maintained by the state Department of Licensing.
  • Under I-594, every time a handgun is transferred, the person receiving the handgun will have their name added to the government database being maintained by the state Department of Licensing.
  • Virtually every firearm transfer - with very few and limited exceptions - would be required to go through a licensed firearms dealer under the provisions of I-594.
  • I-594 will specifically regulate transfers, not sales.  Under the language of I-594, in virtually all cases, a person merely handing his or her firearm to a family member or a friend cannot do so without brokering the transfer through a gun dealer with the accompanying fees, paperwork, taxes and, in the case of handguns, state registration.
  • I-594 also doubles the state waiting period on handgun sales from five to ten days and extends it to every private transfer of a handgun!
  • The only thing that I-594 would accomplish is the creation of a government record of all lawfully transferred handguns in Washington, which would facilitate their future confiscation.
Here is the text of Initiative 594, courtesy The Washington Arms Collectors.

If you live in Washington, if you know anyone who does, please get the word out about this.

I'll be blunt, as much as I'd like top see Initiative 591 pass, I'd much rather see 594 go down in flames.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

At The Fair

Went to the Washington State Fair, FKA The Puyallup, FKA The Western Washington State Fair.
First stop was the Fair Scone stand, I am told the one we went to was The Original.

Stop two, conveniently located across the way:
Later, we ran into Daddy Bear, who had inexplicably neglected to tell us he was in town:
We came back around and Mrs. Drang realized that an old friend was busy in the Fiber Arts Demo Spinning demonstration, where her (and Mrs. Drang's former) spinning guild was participating in the Sheep to Shawl competition.
Saw a lot of stuff. I paid too much for a decent IPA. Looked at a Ford Fiesta, and somehow resisted asking the rep if it came with a zebra head and a certificate for an amphibious landing. (Didn't even slow down walking by the Government Motors display...)

Biggest surprise was when we stopped to ask the folks from whom we bought some really great pots and pans a few years ago a question about care, and he spotted Mrs. Drang's "No on I594" button, turned off his PA/sound system, and started talking guns and politics.

We were both pretty worn  out by 5:30, so decided to pass on the usual Fair Food dinner and just get a pizza.

Traffic on the way home was, if anything, heavier than on the way there.  The monotony was broken up admiring the '69 Shelby Cobra Mustang stuck there with us. No pics, sorry.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Happy Birthday

Mrs. Drang.

On a day when we all get a little somber, I'd like to thank you for sharing your life with me, and bringing meaning to mine.

I love you.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Neither Ford nor Mopar...

A few other sets of wheels that caught my eye at the Federal Way Lions Club Car Show.

Nissan S-Cargo. Who knew the Japanese were given to whimsical punning car names?  Of course, lately they've just had a computer generate meaningless ones...

 Myself, I tried to avert my eyes and ignore the thing, but Mrs. Drang wanted pictures, and her Korean phone refused to take it.
 Mu high school buddy Jimmy had a Chevelle SS.  Good times, good times...

Yes, a VW Beatle..
A bit customized...
Did I say "a bit"...?
When they fired it up, it sounded not unlike a top fuel dragster...

Ponies, and their siblings

This next one is just gorgeous.
Growing up in Detroit, of course, even if one did not have a direct connection to the auto industry, you probably had a relative who worked at one of the plants or maybe in an office.
Not surprisingly, tyhe Henry Ford Museum/Greenfield Village held a classic car show every year, and one of the guys' fathers won with his painstakingly restored Model A.
I told this guy I thought that he'd win, too, if he wanted to flat-bed this back there...

Apparently I didn't get a pic of the rumble seat...
 64 1/2!