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Washington State has Become a Test Tube for Gun Control Extremism

Presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) appeared at a rally in Seattle, Washington with a message that included her plan to restrict gun ownership.

Washington State has become a test tube for gun control extremism and Warren is just the latest political elite who hopes to use that to their advantage.

The state has one of the strongest state constitutional right-to-bear-arms provisions in the nation but the last decade has seen a series of billionaire-backed anti-gun initiatives passed. As a result, a state that once had solid 2nd Amendment friendly gun laws is now considered to be one of the most restrictive.

Her visit followed closely after Tacoma Councilman Ryan Mello announced his desire to follow Seattle’s lead in increased taxes on firearms and ammunition. His plan includes a $25 fee on every gun sale, a 5-cent tax on every centerfire cartridge, a 2-cent fee on every rimfire round sold, and yet to be disclosed even stricter measure.

The Tacoma News Tribune reports Mello is seeking “a higher tax on high-velocity ammunition, or more military-style ammunition such as ‘hollow point bullets’.”

Like much of America, Washington State is a tale of two electorates – cities plagued by criminal gun violence and the rest of its law-abiding gun owners being asked to pay the bill in higher taxes and even more restrictive gun rights.

Bellevue, WA has been called a city “behind enemy lines.” One of its most notable citizens is Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and one of the most recognized leaders in the Second Amendment community.

Gottlieb told Ammoland he has seen this all before. After the City of Seattle adopted a similar tax in 2015, he led in a lawsuit opposing the tax.

Despite the language of state statutes, the Washington State Supreme Court upheld the tax. Now, the gun rights battle lines are even more distinct.

Progressive in the state’s government endorse Warren’s plan to limit gun rights. NPR reports Warren wants:

Stricter background checks, and the creation of a federal licensing system, limiting the number of firearms someone could buy, raising the minimum age to 21 for purchasing a gun, holding gun manufacturers liable (and, in some cases, even holding gun industry CEOs personally liable).

NPR reports that Warren “wants to raise taxes for gun manufacturers from 10% to 30% on guns and from 11% to 50% on ammunition.”

But 2nd Amendment advocates aren’t giving up without a fight.

Phil Fortunato, a pro-rights Republican and veteran state lawmaker is running for governor. Fortunato came right out of the gate in January with legislation to ensure the privacy of Washington’s more than 620,000 concealed pistol license holders. Though the measure didn’t pass, it got the attention of the other side.

Fortunato followed that up a bill that must have legislative anti-gunners in a stir. His proposal would require lawmakers to take a firearms safety/training course before proposing gun control legislation. The winsome lawmaker told reporters:

There’s a little bit of a problem with somebody drafting legislation that doesn’t have the faintest idea at what the heck is going on with guns. It’s a little disturbing to me as a gun owner to have these people, (who) have no idea what they’re talking about, draft gun legislation.

There hasn’t been a Republican in Washington’s governor’s office for over 30 years, and an increasing number of the Evergreen State’s residents appear to think that’s long enough.

With two other Republicans announcing their decision to run for governor, there is a fired-up base that has gained surprising strength in Western Washington.

Small-town Police Chief Loren Culp, another Republican who has his eyes in the governorship, authored American Cop. There he tells of growing up in both the westside and eastside counties of Jefferson and Ferry, serving as a sergeant in the Army and being a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Culp came to prominence by being the first Evergreen State law enforcement official to refuse to enforce initiative 1639, the radical gun control measure that was rejected in a majority of the state’s counties despite passing due to the more populated cities of Seattle and Tacoma.

Progressive groups like the Seattle-based Alliance for Gun Responsibility are paying attention because it looks like the people of Washington have had enough of being used as a testing ground for radical gun-control.


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11 Responses

  1. Seems that the 2 Amendment does not mean a THING to the Polos in office. Not in the State of Washington, nor in Washington D.C.! Cure,? To term Limit, all of the Social Communist (democrats) for EVER! You want my Firearms? Bring Friends willing to Murder or be KILLED for trying! Oh, please Bring a Lunch, because FREEDOM IS NOT FREE! For this you will have to WORK (MURDER) at to get done!

  2. Gun Confiscation. The Disarming of Americans. Why would any politician want and work to ensure that citizens are made completely vulnerable?
    I compare personal gun ownership as a deterrent to the massive nuclear arsenals the U.S. maintains — as a deterrent!
    Thus, if we’re told we’ll be safer to give up our guns, then I suggest that the U.S. will be safer to give up its nukes!
    Somehow, it becomes painfully clear how ludicrous the Elizabeth Warrens of this country are when considering “the bigger picture.”

  3. Hollow points are “military style bullets”? Last I checked, hollow points are specifically banned for use in military conflicts by the Hague Convention. Someone should show the idiot author the applicable law and an M855a1 round. Despite the widespread ban on military use, hollow-point bullets are one of the most common types of bullets used by civilians and police, which is due largely to the reduced risk of bystanders being hit by over-penetrating or ricocheted bullets, and the increased speed of incapacitation

    1. You are absolutely correct. “Military” sounds are FULL METAL JACKET.(personnel bullets) In a battlefield these bullets are supposed to be designed to “WOUND” a soldier, so you will remove others from the battlefield tending to the wounded man.

  4. The ‘dumbs’ are following Hitler’s directive, “To conquer a nation, or any part of, first disarm its citizens”.

  5. yes we have been screwed by the vote by mail bull crap dems always win elections here, but when you talk to people they say they didnt vote dem or their policies.

  6. No hollow point bullets in the Army I was in and retired from. Why didn’t Japan invade the U.S.? If I remember correctly, Adm. Yamamoto said not a good idea, there is a gun behind every blade of grass. Take away our guns, take away our defense.

    1. THAT my friend, is the whole idea. If you disarm the law-abiding citizens the COMMUNISTS can easily take over.

      Here are 8 levels of control; read the following recipe:

      1) Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people.

      2) Poverty – Increase the poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them.

      3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

      4) Gun Control – Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

      5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect (food, housing, income) of their lives because that will make them fully dependent on the government.

      6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to and take control of what children learn in school.

      7) Religion – Remove the belief in God from the Government and schools because the people need to believe in ONLY the government knowing what is best for the people.

      8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. Eliminate the middle class This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to tax the wealthy with the support of the poor

      THIS my freind is the democrat (communist”) agenda in a nutshell.

  7. In Murdock v. Pennsylvania the borough of Jannette attempted to collect a tax on Jehovah’s Witnesses distributing religion tracts. and SCOTUS that a state may not impose a charge for the enjoyment of a right protected by the federal constitution and that is the argument that should be presented when the suit against this moron’s taxes takes place. It should also be argued that if the Second goes shortly will the rest follow in some way shape or form. Biden has, more than once, said that no amendments are absolute one time being in the state of the union, someone facetiously asked if that meant slavery could ever be re-instated.
    I would prefer that it not be necessary for a practical demonstration of the Second.

  8. And people wonder why the big cities are garbage dumps. Murder is a normal everyday occurrence, and every other type of crime is through the roof. Maybe someday, if we’re lucky, we could build giant walls around these cities to keep the animals in, and their psychotic laws.

  9. This article reminded me of a subtitle to Stephen Halbrook’s latest book, “…Right of the People or a Privilege of the Ruling Class.” So I queried the internet for information that might reveal more Elizabeth Warren hypocrisy.

    No matter how I worded and re-worded the query, Google’s response was every imaginable variation of the terms “professional security, paid protection, hired bodyguards” or whatever, instead of how many trained people carried arms to protect her.

    I ran out of time seeking an answer. Of course, the woke answer to my question WAS the answer. Google doesn’t want us to know. But regardless, she’s protected while she demands that the rest of us little people be forcibly disarmed. Think of this outrage. She’d oppress more than a hundred million peaceable, lawful citizens to relieve her paranoia.

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