Even if you take the discussion of our civil liberties out of the equation, gun control is still problematic. Laws designed to restrict certain guns tend to be either too broad, thus banning guns few intended to ban, or they require specific definitions that gun makers will find a way around.
A prime example of that was the 1994 Assault Weapon Ban. The term “assault weapon” was meant to apply to weapons with a certain set of features.
As a result, gun companies built weapons that complied with the law but were still functionally AR-15s.
As bad as that is, what’s happening in Washington State is even worse. There, the ban portion of I-1639 went into effect January 1. The problem? The part of the law that actually defines an assault rifle doesn’t go into effect until July.
One gun store operator has vowed to continue business as usual until the new definition goes into effect.
But in Lynnwood Tuesday, Tiffany Teasdale said the law doesn’t make sense.
Teasdale and her staff at Lynnwood Gun are continuing to sell semi-automatic rifles to customers under the age of 21.
“It’s a feel-good law, that’s what it is,” Teasdale said about Initiative 1639.
Teasdale said she has consulted with lawyers about the language of the law. She said she has also reached out to Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office, but hasn’t heard back.
“The term semi-automatic assault rifle doesn’t exist for another six months,” she said. “How are they telling us we can’t sell something that doesn’t exist?”
Teasdale said she sells a number of “long guns,” including AR-15s.
“We can still sell 18 to 20-year-old’s AR-15s and semi-automatic shotguns until June 30th at 11:59 p.m.,” she said.
Staff at Teasdale’s store notes that they’ve had a number of people under the age of 21 come in and buy the guns while they still can. That’s unsurprising.
First, I want to applaud Teasdale’s decision. It’s the right one here.
Second, this is just so typical of gun grabbers in general. They don’t understand logic and common sense. They expect a definition to go into effect before it goes into effect.
I mean, if you wrote incompetence like this for a movie or book, no one would believe it. No one at all.
Yet this is the honest-to-God truth of the situation there in Washington. It’s beyond ridiculous.
But, it’s ridiculousness that works out in the pro-gun favor, at least for the time being. I hope that Teasdale doesn’t experience any repercussions from her defiant stance. If she does, it will be time to break out the crowdfunding to raise money for her legal defense. After all, she makes valid points here.
More than that, we need to rally behind our brothers and sisters in Washington to help them overturn this idiotic law. People wonder why I’m not a fan of ballot initiatives, and this is why. It was created by the idiotic, petitioned to the stupid, and passed by the gullible.
In the end, no one is safer, and law-abiding citizens are the ones punished, as usual.
Hat tip: Ops Lens