Sunday, January 17, 2010

Washington “Assault Weapon” Ban Impacts All Firearm Owners!

From an NRA email:

Stand-Up and Make Your Voices Heard Now!

Last week, NRA-ILA informed you about Senate Bill 6396, legislation that would bring California-style gun-control to the Northwest and ultimately ban many semi-automatic firearms commonly owned by Washingtonians.

In fact, SB 6396 is more far-reaching than it appears on the surface and will absolutely impact a gigantic swath of Washington firearm owners, including concealed pistol license holders, hunters and competitive pistol shooters. As examples, consider the following restrictions that flow from the provisions of this horrendous piece of gun control legislation:
  • Every semiautomatic AND PUMP-ACTION rifle and shotgun that has a detachable magazine and has a pistol grip located rear of the trigger (yes, that is just about all of them) is defined as an “assault weapon” and is banned under SB 6396!
  • If you and your child/children are out in the woods plinking with his or her Ruger 10-22 and there are more than 10 rounds in the magazine, you are a FELON!
  • If you are a Concealed Pistol License holder and your semi-auto self-defense pistol contains more than 10 rounds, you are a FELON!
  • The use of firearms defined as “assault weapons” (see first bullet point) are banned for use in hunting!
  • Competitive shooters will be impacted as any semi-auto pistol that has a detachable magazine and is equipped with a muzzle brake or compensator is defined as an “assault weapon!”
  • If you own a firearm(s) defined as an “assault weapon” on the date this bill becomes law, you can keep it if you are willing to allow your Sheriff to come into your home once every year to ensure you store your firearm(s) appropriately!
Senate Bill 6396 is proof that the gun-ban groups and politicians are not interested in only banning semi-automatic firearms that happen to look like military firearms. This bill shows where they really want to go with their agenda! This gun ban scheme will only punish law-abiding citizens and will do nothing to curb crime or keep criminals from obtaining firearms illegally. This is not only another attack on our Second Amendment rights in Washington State, but an attack on your Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches of your home!
I sent the following message to my state legislators:
TO: Senator Dale Brandland

CC: Representative Doug Ericksen
Representative Kelli Linville

FROM: Karl Uppiano

BILL: 6396 (Against)

SUBJECT: The Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms, Shall Not be Infringed

MESSAGE: The US Supreme Court has ruled that the second amendment right is an individual right. Senate Bill 6396 infringes on our right to keep and bear arms. To infringe means to erode or eat away at something. This is an erosion if anything ever was! It also infringes on our fourth amendment right from unreasonable search and seizure. The latest modification not only bans the sale of these firearms, it infringes on our right to keep and bear them (by mandating that we must store them a certain way, and submit to periodic inspections, as well as prohibiting transportation or use of these weapons, including target practice and shooting competitions).

The second amendment is as important today as it was in the late 1700s, and for the same reasons: 
  • The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it. ~ Thomas Jefferson
  • When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. ~ Thomas Jefferson
  • When seconds count, the police can be there in minutes. ~ Unknown
Do we have the right to protect and defend our life and property, or don't we? A firearm is like a fire extinguisher. You hope you never need it, but it can save your life and property in an emergency.


Karl Uppiano

1 comment :

  1. Karl,

    I'll be crafting a similar letter shortly and sending to all state legislators per my infamous 'all legislator email list' gattling mailer method.
    I hope we can nip this in the bud. Last year SB5127 kept coming back to life and I wound up working that for over 105 day's and a possible 'extra session'. These political operatives will try every sneaky trick they can think of. The current DC admin is taking trickery to a whole new level.
    Let's keep a sharp eye on things.


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