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Proposed Washington Law Shows Gun-Grabbers Intend to Have It Both Ways

Proposed Washington Law Shows Gun-Grabbers Intend to Have It Both Ways
Mixed signals and conflicting directions overwhelm and discourage citizens from going where they need to. That’s the point.

“November’s special election will give Democrats control of both the state House and Senate for the first time since 2012 during the next legislative session,” Seattle’s My Northwest reported Tuesday. “November’s special election will give Democrats control of both the state House and Senate for the first time since 2012 during the next legislative session.”

That means they’ll renew their crusade for citizen disarmament.

Case in point, a “Restoration of Local Authority” bill being sponsored in the next legislative session by Democrat State Representative Nicole Macri will end 30 years of statewide preemption of firearms law, creating a patchwork quilt of changing edicts that will be difficult, if not impossible, for gun owners to navigate.  That’s the intent.

Think of the compliance confusion exemplified in the Shaneen Allen case, when a Pennsylvania woman with a concealed carry permit entered New Jersey with her gun – and almost had her life destroyed in the process. Now imagine similar situations arising from crossing invisible municipal lines.

And how presumptuous to claim authority they never legitimately had is being restored.

For all her high-sounding justifications arguing for the new bill, you’ll note Macri is not offering local autonomy for another bill she’s sponsoring, House Bill 1134, “AN ACT Relating to assault weapons and large capacity magazines” (English tanslation: Banning them).

Sorry, your town doesn’t get to opt out.

That’s typical hypocrisy. Barack Obama helped lay the groundwork for it when he was faking looking reasonable and claimed “I know that what works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne.”

What exactly works in Chicago was left unsaid. What Obama was doing was making the fraudulent case that states and local jurisdictions have the power to negate unalienable rights based on the tyranny of a regional majority.

Note that only goes one way, though. Whenever the gun-grabbers want to impose their will on others by restricting rights, the infringements cover everyone, in Everytown, regardless of whether they’re in Chicago or Cheyenne.

Or Seattle or Stevens County

Conversely, when widespread restrictions on rights are eased a bit, all of a sudden indignant “progressives” start screaming about “home rule.” No matter that a higher level of government has enacted protective legislation; all of a sudden it’s imperative for control freak enclaves to claim the power to ban guns in parks, to outlaw classifications of firearms they don’t want to let people own, and to forbid the practice of carrying, or transporting or transferring. They insist on having it both ways which means they insist on always having it their way.

When they say “home rule,” they mean to rule your home.


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David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (, and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.



  1. Oh the lefty west…vet out the Washington AG Ferguson. Ultra egotistical anti constitutional elitist. Claims his job is to protect the citizen from guns by regulating gun ownership to single shot breach loaders. No mention of being a protector of the constitution. No one has asked him why the Washington State Patrol needs a cache of full auto M-16s. Who are they going to use those on? True domestic enemy of our federation. But…the hate humanity left will prevail in Washington state.

  2. I’m a simple man…..please explain to me how any state law can trump the constitution? Is not the constitution the law of the land…..including WA

    1. It goes like this:
      The second Amendment is not an unlimited right.
      Which opens the door for UNLIMITED INFRINGEMENT.

      It is not their intent to take every firearm. “Gun control” is designed to TAKE THE CAPABILITY that IS the intent of the Second Amendment.

      1. The 2nd Amendment absolutely IS an “unlimited right” which is why it is the ONLY amendment that uses the phrase “shall not be infringed”. EACH limitation, restriction, or ban of a particular arm or ban of a particular person from owning and carrying arms IS clearly an infringement of the unalienable right, and also clearly violates the “shall not be impaired” clause of the WA State Constitution!
        WA State gun owners need to band together and STOP this violation of both the State and federal Constitutions in its tracks!

  3. I truly wonder if anyone on either side of the debate understands the implications of disarming the People.
    I believe it was George Mason who said, “To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
    I also believe that the majority are convinced that if we were disarmed we would have peace, and more laughably, a benevolent government. When in history does this happen?
    The pages of history are filled with atrocities condoned by those who claim some sort of authority. In the last century the number of people, men, women, and children murdered in some form of genocide is horrific. The numbers are so large that you can’t have a conversation on the topic as it seems unreal.
    I do know this, our government is corrupt. It will not lay down, or relinquish its quest for total domination. Those who have been re-elected countless times and the bureaucrats that fill the halls of government, for the most part, believe themselves better than you and I. They will do whatever it takes to remain in power. The abuses, and the slow decay into tyranny will march forward unabated. It will do so while we twitter away our rights for lack of knowledge.

  4. The founding fathers figured it out. There comes a point in time when abuse of power demands a response. At the end of all efforts to stop the tyrants, there is only slavery or revolution.
    Wish it were the real answer. II Chronicles 7:14
    But America refuses to turn back to God.

  5. This Progressive technique of giving “Supremacy” to the State or Federal Govt. for whichever is the most restrictive, is in play for all their Unconstitutional endeavors. It’s been happening for a very long time, and we have a lot of work to do. It starts with point out to the drone progressive tools, that it’s only a matter of time for the cannon to be pointed in their direction with these same techniques.

  6. I am fairly certain that if the 14th Amendment can and was used to force Federal compliance upon the 50 states to recognize gay marriage, then the 14th Amendment can and should be used to protect and strengthen the 2nd Amendment. Recognize that the 2nd Amendment said exactly what it meant, exactly how it was meant. And that includes “Shall not be infringed”. All gun laws restricting or assigning “Arms” to be illegal or prohibited are illegal, as they are unconstitutional. Period.

  7. We are on our own.

    The NRA hung us out to dry long ago. They have pretty much abandoned Washington.

    Alan Gottlieb and CCRKBA could care less either. He is a gun rights moralist, not an absolutist. He would sell us out in a second. He’s in favor of gun rights only as he alone defines them. If it doesn’t involve fundraising, he’s not interested.

    Don’t think the State Constitution with even more powerful 2A language is going to help either. The State Supreme Court is packed with liberal black robes, and the AG is a flaming leftists of the worst sort.
    So you had better decide right now just what YOU are going to do. Give in, run away, or make a stand. Perhaps your last.

  8. WA State Constitution on the right to own and carry arms:
    The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men. — Article I, Section 24
    Unfortunately, the WA State Supreme Court has frequently ruled against the State Constitution’s clear language.

  9. I see A Windy comment. If this is the Windy I’m thinking of, then he has a great story to tell. One of our local ranges is owned by the Dept of fish and wildlife and the DNR. They decided to charge back taxes after about 20 years in operation. It’s important because this state has come up with several “Title of Nobility” agencies pulling underhanded regulation of gun ranges.

    We even had a Democrat try to introduce legislation to come into every home to make sure our weapons are secured properly.

    This has become commonplace in Washington. To add to Windy’s comment; “but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.” Washington State also codified the “Training of persons to overthrow the Gov.t” as a felony. This why there is no strong militia group in this state. At the other local range in the area they literally explain to the members to not even broach the conversation in any form. You see here how important the 1st Amendment is and how it gets violated by the Government from behind the scenes. It also gets to the whole purpose of this article. Progressives always play “Supremacy” from wherever they see fit.

    I have from time to time said that trouble is going to break out. Even before the last election cycle. It would not surprise me a bit if trouble starts either here in Washington, or in Colorado. Both of which are not quite as Blue as people would have you believe.

    Someone reminded me about a month ago, of a Thomas Paige statement; “If there’s to be trouble, let it be in my time, so that my child will know peace.”

    1. Another fine example of a rogue agency dictating restrictive rules onto the public, being legislative, judge, jury and executioner.

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