"Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels is asking the state Legislature to adopt a series of gun control bills he hopes will "reduce the violence."
The proposals include a ban on assault weapons as well as state monitoring of gun dealers to see if there is any relationship between individual sellers and later use of guns in criminal activity. The proposals would also require background checks on persons buying guns at gun shows."
It occurs to me that the name of the game here is "feel good" legislation. It makes a lot of voters "feel good" to know that the good Mayor is looking out for them. That may be fine for his area of the state but why punish the rest of us in WA state?
From the FBI's "Firearms and Crime Statistics" web page: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/guns.htm
"According to the 1997 Survey of State Prison Inmates, among those possessing a gun, the source of the gun was from -
- a flea market or gun show for fewer than 2%
- a retail store or pawnshop for about 12%
- family, friends, a street buy, or an illegal source for 80%
During the offence that brought them to prison, 15% of State inmates and 13% of Federal inmates carried a handgun, and about 2%, a military-style semiautomatic gun.
On average, State inmates possessing a firearm received sentences of 18 years, while those without a weapon had an average sentence of 12 years.
Among prisoners carrying a firearm during their crime, 40% of State inmates and 56% of Federal inmates received a sentence enhancement because of the firearm. "
HB 1026 - 2007-08
(1) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (6) of this section, a person who, while at a gun show or event, offers to sell or transfer a firearm to another person must be licensed as a dealer under 18 U.S.C. Sec. 923 and post the license in accordance with 27 C.F.R. Secs. 178.91 and 178.100(a).
I am not a legal expert, but to me this looks like an underhanded way to dissolve all guns shows simply because it requires anyone selling a firearm to be a federally licensed firearms dealer.
(4) The Washington state patrol will establish a reasonable fee to cover costs for each background check conducted at a gun show or event.
This looks like they are just looking for a way to impose a new tax on anyone that purchases at a gun show.
Quite frankly I have never purchased a firearm at a gun show or events, and the ones that I have been to often offer overpriced used firearms I have no interest in buying, but I do not think a "knee jerk" reaction is necessary and will not dissuade criminals from obtaining firearms.
... the source of the gun was from - a flea market or gun show for fewer than 2%
... 15% of State inmates and 13% of Federal inmates carried a handgun, and about 2%, a military-style semiautomatic gun.
2% & 2%... It occurs to me that this is passing the blame onto an inanimate object, grasping at straws and pandering for votes.
Thank you for the Honor of your time.