Washington State Democrats Want to Search Homes for So-Called Assault Weapons: ‘It’s exactly this sort of thing that drives people into the arms of the NRA’

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 at 5:42 pm

These power-mad leftists wonder why gun sales are at record highs.

One of the major gun-control efforts in Olympia this session calls for the sheriff to inspect the homes of assault-weapon owners. The bill’s backers say that was a mistake.

Forget police drones flying over your house. How about police coming inside, once a year, to have a look around?

As Orwellian as that sounds, it isn’t hypothetical. The notion of police home inspections was introduced in a bill last week in Olympia.

That it’s part of one of the major gun-control efforts pains me. It seemed in recent weeks lawmakers might be headed toward some common-sense regulation of gun sales. But then last week they went too far. By mistake, they claim. But still too far.

“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.”

Common-sense regulations, as they’re fond of saying. Until the next time some nutcase shoots up a theater or school, then they call for more common-sense regulations until they get around to what they want to do: Disarm the public entirely.

Responding to the Newtown school massacre, the bill would ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons that use detachable ammunition magazines. Clips that contain more than 10 rounds would be illegal.

But then, with respect to the thousands of weapons like that already owned by Washington residents, the bill says this:

“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.”

In other words, come into homes without a warrant to poke around. Failure to comply could get you up to a year in jail.

“I’m a liberal Democrat — I’ve voted for only one Republican in my life,” Palmer told me. “But now I understand why my right-wing opponents worry about having to fight a government takeover.”

He added: “It’s exactly this sort of thing that drives people into the arms of the NRA.”

I have been blasting the NRA for its paranoia in the gun-control debate. But Palmer is right — you can’t fully blame them, when cops going door-to-door shows up in legislation.

Yeah, those  “gun nuts” don’t sound so crazy now, huh?

6 Responses to “Washington State Democrats Want to Search Homes for So-Called Assault Weapons: ‘It’s exactly this sort of thing that drives people into the arms of the NRA’”

  1. MT Geoff on 18/18/13 at 5:52 pm

    Well, I’ve always done people like the California Sisters the courtesy of believing them when they say they want to outlaw private ownership of firearms.
    Proposals to ban semi-automatic firearms with detachable magazines and/or larger magazines slam into a serious Constitutional barrier. Miller (1939) established a right to arms suitable for military use; Heller and MacDonald have established that right as an individual right, like all other rights of “…the people…”. That means the very “weapons of war” that people like Obama and the Sisters want to ban are the weapons protected.

  2. Frank G on 18/18/13 at 8:16 pm

    I feel slightly sorry for the LEO drones who will obediently follow unconstitutional orders. They should know better. Some will not get the chance to learn from their mistakes

  3. Blue Hen on 19/19/13 at 9:37 am

    The bill’s backers say that was a mistake.

    Another lie.

    1. Someone wrote that provision and included it. That isn’t a typo. That isn’t accidentally transcribing your grocery list. What are we supposed to believe? That they were using ‘stream of consciousness’ style writing?
    2. Turns out these vermin tried floating the exact same provisions in two other similar pieces of legislation, in 2005 and 2010 respectively.

  4. Firehand on 19/19/13 at 9:59 am

    ‘Mistake’ means “Dammit, we let them know what we actually want!”

    Also, note what this columnist considers ‘perfectly reasonable gun control’: “… the bill would ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons that use detachable ammunition magazines”
    So he considers banning almost every semi-auto firearm ‘perfectly reasonable’. And wonders why we don’t want to ‘compromise’ with people like him…

    May I recommend a very good piece on what’s considered ‘compromise’ by the gun bigots:
    http://thelawdogfiles.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-repost.html
    Well worth reading.

  5. Trillion Dollar Note on 19/19/13 at 1:07 pm

    4th amendment? We don’t need no stinking 4th amendment comrades this is the great leap forward.

  6. lyle on 19/19/13 at 2:10 pm

    He added: “It’s exactly this sort of thing that drives people into the arms of the NRA.”

    Just joined as a lifetime member. From the numbers I’ve seen, I’m certainly not alone.