Think mandatory police inspections of firearms in your home aren’t on the table…think again if you live in Washington State.
You: “Who’s there?”
Deputy Sheriff: “Open Up, deputy sheriff here to inspect your firearms!”
You: “Go away unless you have a warrant!”
Deputy Sheriff: “Sir, failure to comply will land you in jail for up to a year! No warrant is required per State law.”
You: “@#$#%$ $@!#%^%”
This proposed law (Senate Bill 5737) goes so far even the pro gun control crowd is getting nervous and the State legislators that sponsored the bill admit it’s unconstitutional…and now claim that they didn’t intend to propose such a thing. Apparently, that whole forcing law enforcement into your home or sending you to jail clause ended up in the 8 page bill ‘accidentally.’
As Orwellian as that sounds, it isn’t hypothetical. The notion of police home inspections was introduced in a bill last week in Olympia.
That it’s part of one of the major gun-control efforts pains me. It seemed in recent weeks lawmakers might be headed toward some common-sense regulation [Andrew’s Note: Westneat’s words, not mine] of gun sales. But then last week they went too far. By mistake, they claim. But still too far.
“They always say, we’ll never go house to house to take your guns away. But then you see this, and you have to wonder.”
That’s no gun-rights absolutist talking, but Lance Palmer, a Seattle trial lawyer and self-described liberal who brought the troubling Senate Bill 5737 to my attention. It’s the long-awaited assault-weapons ban, introduced last week by three Seattle Democrats.
…“In order to continue to possess an assault weapon that was legally possessed on the effective date of this section, the person possessing shall … safely and securely store the assault weapon. The sheriff of the county may, no more than once per year, conduct an inspection to ensure compliance with this subsection.”
In other words, come into homes without a warrant to poke around. Failure to comply could get you up to a year in jail.
“I’m a liberal Democrat — I’ve voted for only one Republican in my life,” Palmer told me. “But now I understand why my right-wing opponents worry about having to fight a government takeover.”
He added: “It’s exactly this sort of thing that drives people into the arms of the NRA.”
I have been blasting the NRA for its paranoia in the gun-control debate. But Palmer is right — you can’t fully blame them, when cops going door-to-door shows up in legislation.
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Watch those pesky legislators…you’ve got to keep your eye on the ball with these guys and speak up with your voice, your votes and your donations…the only two currencies politicians recognize is votes and dollars!