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KVI’s Carlson gives air time to both sides on gun control measure

KVI's John Carlson shed more light on Initiative 594 Friday morning.
Dave Workman

Friday morning’s KVI-AM drive time listeners got something of an education about troubling language in Initiative 594, the 18-page gun control measure on November’s ballot, that is subject to disagreement, and the arguments here and here will allow readers to decide for themselves.

Opposing the measure was Joe Matter, shooting coach for the West Seattle Totems and a veteran firearms instructor. Supporting the measure was Geoff Potter, I-594 campaign communications director.

Potter insisted that current hunting and shooting laws will not be changed if the initiative passes. Carlson challenged him on that, but Potter insisted that "the initiative makes no changes" to hunting and shooting. He said concerns about transfer language "are unfounded."

Here is the I-594 language from the bottom of Page 6 that defines a transfer: “Transfer means the intended delivery of a firearm to another person without consideration of payment or promise of payment including, but not limited to, gifts and loans.”

That is followed immediately on Page 7 by this: “A new section is added to chapter 9.41 RCW to read as follows: (1) All firearm sales or transfers, in whole or part in this state including without limitation a sale or transfer where either the purchaser or seller or transferee or transferor is in Washington, shall be subject to background checks unless specifically exempted by state or federal law. The background check requirement applies to all sales or transfers including, but not limited to, sales and transfers through a licensed dealer, at gun shows, online, and between unlicensed persons.”

Matter said that language, and other stipulations in the measure, could make it difficult if not impossible to loan club-owned firearms to his junior shooters, without subjecting their parents to a background check. He said it the measure would also require one-on-one coaching for every junior shooter on his team.

Opponents of I-594 have their own Facebook page, and a group called the Gun Rights Coalition has put together a pamphlet that explains in detail their problems with the measure. Evergreen State gun rights activists realize they are being outspent, and that the press may be giving the anti-594 side of the argument scant coverage, but they are determined to fight.

For those who listen to Potter’s segment, pay close attention when Carlson asks about law enforcement opposition to I-594. The Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs are opposed to I-594 and support opposing Initiative 591. Likewise, the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association opposes I-594 and was an early supporter of I-591.

WACOPS is the oldest and largest law enforcement organization in Washington. WSLEFIA consists of firearms instructors for various police agencies, the cops who ought to know more about firearms than anyone else in their departments. Together, they represent thousands of Evergreen State police officers an sheriffs' deputies. Aside from a single mention of their opposition, this column has so far been the only medium where that has been publicized, with the exception of Carlson and KVI. Elsewhere, the “mainstream press” has imposed a virtual news blackout. Why?

Check out the links to previous articles, below.

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