We told you about the Washington state law that would have had mandatory, warrantless police home inspections for legal gun owners. Today, I’m happy to report that the increased scrutiny from conservatives has killed that bill.
It’s a small victory in a massive war on liberty, but it’s worth celebrating.
from Washington Times:
Washington lawmakers have pulled a contentious gun-control bill from the state’s legislative tracking website, after calling a section that gave law enforcement authority to enter homes and check for proper weapons storage a “mistake.”
The Seattle Times reports that Seattle trial lawyer Lance Palmer first raised doubts about Senate Bill 5737 to the newspaper, complaining: “They always say, we’ll never go house to house to take your guns away. But then you see this, and you have to wonder.”
Mr. Palmer was referring to a now-scrapped section of the text that gave the local sheriff the right to conduct home searches for proper storage guns once each year. The text of the bill — prior to its scrapping — read, as reported by The Seattle Times: “In order to continue to possess an assault weapon that was legally possessed on the effective date of this section, the person possessing shall … safely and securely store the assault weapon. The sheriff of the county may, no more than once per year, conduct an inspection to ensure compliance with this subsection.”
Violators — those who wouldn’t let the sheriff inside to inspect — could get up to a year in jail, The Seattle Times reported. Even Mr. Palmer, a self-described liberal, found the provision distasteful.
“Distasteful” is about as big an understatement I could think of. More like “blatantly anti-constitutional.”
Like I said, this is a small victory, and we must win many more battles; but I’m thankful for it none the less