Where is the NRA? The 2nd Amendment is under major attack in the great state of Washington, and it looks as though no one is coming to its defense besides local sheriffs.
What is the point to donating to groups like the NRA, if they aren’t going to fight for matters like this, or the couple in St. Louis? I’ll get off my NRA rant, but let’s look at the facts here from our friends over at Townhall.
The following is from Townhall.com
In 2018, Washington state, a deep blue bastion, passed laws that raised the age to purchase all firearms to 21 and enacted a universal background check law. It’s been challenged. Local sheriffs vowed not to enforce it over its constitutionality. But on September 1, a decision was handed down.
Initiative 1639, among other things, raised the legal purchase age of a semiautomatic rifle to 21 and put in place enhanced background checks for their purchase. It also barred the sale of such rifles to out-of-state residents.
While voters passed the measure with nearly 60% support, gun-rights advocates have fiercely opposed it. At the same time, some sheriffs in Washington counties have said they wouldn’t enforce the law because they believed it was unconstitutional.
But U.S. District Court of Western Washington Judge Ronald Leighton cited current federal law banning the sale of handguns to people under 21, as well as state laws going back to the 19th century that have imposed age restrictions on purchases.
“These authorities demonstrate that reasonable age restrictions on the sale, possession, or use of firearms have an established history in this country,” Leighton wrote in the order. “The extension of Washington’s age restrictions” for semiautomatic rifles “is ultimately a distinction without a difference.”
After some sheriffs said they would not enforce the law, Attorney General Bob Ferguson wrote an open letter, saying they could be held liable for refusing to conduct the checks if someone not allowed to buy a gun was able to purchase one and use it for a crime.
In a statement Monday, Ferguson said he was “confident that Washington law enforcement officials will carefully review this ruling from a Bush-appointed federal judge upholding the constitutionality of I-1639.”
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