The state of Washington has been making headlines by pushing what’s known as Senate Bill 5737, a bill that is not only calling for an assault weapons ban but actually includes annual home inspections for gun owners.
Prompted by mainstream media outcry over the mass shootings, a threat which the Department of Justice recently revealed in a groundbreaking memo is actually extremely minor with only 35 individuals killed each year in mass shooting scenarios, Washington state lawmakers are under fire from lawyers, activists, and everyday concerned citizens over the new extreme gun control bill. A move that the very same DOJ memo states is actually fruitless.
In the memo itself, the Department of Justice plainly states a number of reasons as to why an assault weapons ban is not effective in reducing crime (and can increase it). The memo states:
“Gun buybacks are ineffective as generally implemented. 1. The buybacks are too small to have an impact. 2. The guns turned in are at low risk of ever being used in a crime.”
A reality that sheds a lot of light on the situation when considering that it is always law-abiding individuals who end up following gun ban laws, not criminals. As a result of this, and as the DOJ memo explains, the guns turned in are legal guns — not criminally obtained weapons that flourish among a gun ban. We know from ATF data, for example, that around 26% of firearms used in criminal activity are stolen, and another 47% are purchased through straw purchases. Criminals will always obtain guns without concern through illegal means because they do not adhere to the latest legislation, and instead favor gun bans as they know the public will be disarmed.
Home Police Searches for Gun Owners
Now here’s where the Washington bill sticks out from the rest, pushing the maximum when it comes to gun bans and extreme procedures to ensure that every gun is accounted for. Washington citizens under the bill are allowed to keep firearms purchased before the bill, however they must submit to police-run full home inspections on a yearly basis.
The bill states:
“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.”
The writing shows how politicians continue to push the envelope with their legislation, seeing what they can get away with next. As Seattle lawyer Lance Palmer, who identifies himself as a liberal who was once very anti-gun, told The Seattle Times,
“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… I understand why my right-wing opponents worry about having to fight a government takeover.”
The fact of the matter is that more and more individuals are realizing the statistics and facts behind the gun control issue, and the polarity issues between left vs. right are starting to diminish. People are realizing how more guns mean less crime, and are becoming seriously outraged at intrusive government legislation like we see now in Washington sate.