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08/06/12

The above statement is inaccurate:

"Currently in Washington, people who purchase guns from a licensed dealer must undergo a background check, but not if they purchase the gun over the internet or at a gun show. Should Washington enact a law requiring that all gun sales in the state go through licensed dealers to ensure background checks on all individuals?"

-Citizens purchasing firearms over the internet must have the firearm delivered to an FFL (federally licensed firearms dealer), at which time a background check is performed, and the appropriate paperwork filled out.

-Citizens who want to purchase firearms at Gun Shows, such as the Washington Arms Collectors (WAC) shows locally, must be members of the WAC, which requires a background check to become a member.

-Private citizens opting to sell to a private party can (and are encouraged to) ask the buyer to present a Concealed Handgun Permit, for which a background check is required. I believe this is a reasonable procedure indicating due diligence on the part of the seller.

-Forcing all citizens to be registered with the government as gun owners puts them at the mercy of the government. Though it is unpleasant and unpopular to discuss, the fact remains, as President Thomas Jefferson put it:

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government"

-- Thomas Jefferson, 1 Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334

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