Despite any of the GOP’s claims on 2014’s zombie midterms being a mandate on Republican rule, the fact is that in almost every state where a Dem initiative was on the ballot, it either passed or got a majority of the votes. One of them is Washington State, which just passed an initiative requiring universal background checks for all gun purchases and transfers.
That law has a lot of people in the state up in arms — literally. After it was passed, hundreds showed up for the I Will Not Comply rally in Olympia. During the rally, at least one guy burned his concealed carry license in protest (yep), and people freely traded guns back and forth. In full view of police, who did nothing on the basis that they supposedly “weren’t sure” protesters were violating the law. This, in spite of the fact that in transferring firearms without a background check, they very, clearly were. The police were just too cowardly to enforce it.
The people of that protest called the new background check law “useless” and “unenforceable.” Maybe they weren’t aware that it already had been enforced — and in at least one case, kept a gun from a wanted man.
Just two days after Washington’s background check law went into effect, a gentleman named Paul Snider opened the doors at his annual Lewis Clark Gun Show, held at the Spokane County Fair and Expo on December 6th. Knowing the new law had just gone into effect, Snider enlisted the services of three federally licensed gun dealers to perform the now-required background checks.
And, as it turns out, at least one buyer had o business buying a gun.
Snider reports at lest once instance of the law stopping a wanted fugitive from purchasing a gun. The man’s warrant came up during the background check, and he quickly fled the scene. Presumably after someone called the police to notify them of his whereabouts.
So Washington’s new law, two days after it was enacted, kept a wanted man from getting a gun. A fact that even Snider, who doesn’t like the law and said it places “an unnecessary burden” on gun buyers and sellers had to admit.
“The law did work in this case.”
But, the good people of the I Will Not Comply rally just afterward still maintained that the law was “useless” and “unenforceable.” To them, a bad guy who wants a gun will always get a gun.
We wonder if this one got his in Olympia ten days later.
Yes, this is a real picture from the I Will Not Comply rally.