The Seattle Times’ editorial “Competing gun measures: yes on I-594; no on I-591” [Opinion, July 5] got the recommendation for Washington state’s voters reversed. Washington voters should vote yes on Initiative 591 and no on Initiative 594.
Here is why in a nutshell: I-594 is poorly written and potentially would make criminals of most law-enforcement officers and all recreational shooters.
The usual procedure to obtain law-enforcement support for an oppressive law is to grant law-enforcement officers an exemption. I-594 grants the exemption only when an officer is “acting within the course and scope of his or her employment or official duties,” such as confiscating firearms during an arrest. An officer’s backup weapons and off-duty guns are normally privately owned by officers, and as such are not exempt from I-594 when they are traded, loaned, purchased or transferred.
I-594 is the most repressive anti-gun legislation to ever come out of Olympia. I-591 protects our freedoms.
David L. Paul, Sammamish