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Washington: Freedom Prevails in Olympia – Anti-Gun Legislation Dead for 2013

Taken from an ILA E-Mail I just received:

“Freedom has prevailed again in Olympia! Yesterday was the deadline for legislation to be voted out of its chamber of origin. Thanks to your hard work and relentless opposition, House Bill 1588 failed to come up for a vote on the House floor. The fate of the so-called “universal background check” legislation and your rights came down to the wire.
On Tuesday, the state House of Representatives came to a halt for more than seven hours as House Democrats tried to round up enough votes to pass this anti-gun measure. As NRA-ILA previously reported, HB 1588 could have criminalized all private sales of firearms.

HB 1588, introduced by state Representative Jamie Pederson (D-43), was nothing more than a regulatory scheme that would have created a huge burden for law-abiding citizens, been unenforceable, and ignored by criminals. This bill was nothing more than a precursor to Universal Firearm REGISTRATION.

Your participation in the legislative process was essential to this victory! Although your Second Amendment rights were defended in Olympia during this round, the attack on your inherent right to self-defense and right to keep and bear arms is far from over. Gun owners and sportsmen must remain vigilant in order to preserve our freedoms!
The following anti-gun bills are also dead for this session:
House Bill 1676, introduced by state Representative Ruth Kagi (D-32), a so-called “child access prevention” bill which would have singled out the storage of firearms for criminalization under certain circumstances.
House Bill 1703, introduced by state Representative Laurie Jinkins (D-27), would have levied an outrageous tax on all firearm and ammunition purchases to create more bureaucracy in the form of a “firearm safety” education program.
Senate Bill 5737, introduced by state Senators Ed Murray (D-43) and Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36), would have banned commonly owned firearms mischaracterized as “assault weapons” and magazines that hold more than ten rounds. This extreme measure would have also allowed in-home inspections by law enforcement.

Private Firearms Sales

I wanted to write a quick blurb because I’ve recently received several questions about private transfers of firearms.

These are federal laws, I will speak a little bit to Washington State since we reside there. However these federal laws apply to everyone in every state. Your state may have more restrictive laws.

Transfer in State

It is legal at a federal level to do a private person-to-person transfer of a handgun or long gun to someone living in your state. I highly recommend (and some states may require it) that you fill out the states private transfer documents, as there are no federal documents required. (Click here for Washington State Form) This is only to protect you as the original owner, as the ATF or FBI through dealers may only track to you as the last weapon owner, a private state form would allow them to see proof you sold/gave the weapon to another person living in your state.

Its actually legal to ship a long gun person-to-person inside state borders without a dealer involved, however UPS and FEDEX usually will not allow it. USPS does however. It is NOT legal to ever ship a handgun in state without dealer involvement. Safest mode? Have your local FFL help you do any shipping of any firearms.

Transfer across State Lines

It is a felony to both the seller and the buyer to sell, give or transfer any long or hand gun to a person living in another state without dealer involvement. The only exception to this law is if the firearm in question was bequested (will’d) to the person in the other state. You can then transfer the firearm to them. I would keep that very well documented, or just do it through a dealer for safe measure.

So remember if you want to give/sell your any gun to someone living in another state, even a relative, you must involve a dealer in that transaction. It is a felony not to do so.

Antique or Curios Relic firearms are exempt from this law.

It is legal to temporary “Loan” or “rent” a firearm to a person of another state for temporary use.

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Laws and such (cont) …

Well, quite honestly I didn’t expect such a fast response from any governmental body. Although I will say as a Washington State business operator I find all government deparments I deal with very friendly, very helpful and very honest. At least so far, my experiences with the various agencies has been good. We’ll continue to say that I was impressed at the response from the State Department of Licensing Firearms Division. A quick response to my email questions along with contact information should I want to call in and follow up.

I’ve updated my contacts page with the WA DOL Firearms information, as well as some federal agency info. Be sure to check it out.

Based on the previous post, i obtained some good information for Washington residence on what happens to the data you put on your Pistol transfer form when you buy a handgun or revolver. I found the best location for this is an addition to my Gun Buying for the Paranoid article. At the bottom I added a section about Washington State Pistol Transfers. Good information, I hope you find it helpful.

Worried about buying a new gun?

I get a lot of questions from people who are concerned about buying guns these days because they don’t understand the laws around the whole process and mostly, well, they are paranoid about “the feds” tracking the guns they buy.

Instead of writing a huge blog post on the front page, I ended up posting this as an information page since it got a bit long. Its linked to the right as a permanent link and at the bottom of this post for you people here now.

So grab a fresh cup of coffee or tea click the link and read away. Hopefully this helps clear some of the air.

Gun buying for the paranoid…