Pro-Second Amendment supporters gathered in Washington State’s Capitol Saturday to protest a ballot measure that went into effect earlier this month. Among other things, the new law makes it more difficult to transfer a handgun to another individual.
Over 1,000 people came to the “I Will Not Comply” rally in Olympia Saturday. The protesters voiced grief over I-594, a ballot measure passed in Washington State with 59 percent of the vote last month that went into effect on December 4.
One of the organizers was Gavin Seim, who has run for Congress before. “We’re going to stand up for our rights,” Seim said, according to The Associated Press. “Our rights are not up for negotiation.” The National Rifle Association (NRA) wrote some of the concerns it had with the new measure on an affiliated website:
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- 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
- Almost every firearm transfer, with very few 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. 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 doubles the state waiting period on handgun sales from five to ten days and extends it to every private transfer of a handgun
- I-594 would create a government record of all lawfully transferred handguns in Washington state, which would facilitate their future confiscation
Protestor Norma Johnson, who was at the rally, told The AP that the law is misguided. “You’re targeting the wrong things by going after law-abiding citizens,” she said.
One of the featured speakers at the rally was Mike Vanderboegh, who runs the Three Percenter movement named after the three percent of colonists who fought for independence. “We no longer consent nor comply,” he said according to Townhall.
“This is the tyranny the Founding Fathers warned us about. Tyranny can be voted into existence by a majority We will not fire the first shot, but if need be, we will fire the last.”
Also speaking at the rally were former Graham County Sheriff Richard Mack of Arizona and Republican state Representatives Elizabeth Scott and Graham Hunt.
H/T Right Wing News
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