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October 25, 2014 at 4:09 PM

I-594: Law would punish family members sharing guns

I support background checks for sale or transfer of firearms, but I cannot support Initiative 594 as presently written [“Gun-rights activist pushes I-591 to curb background checks,” Local News, Oct. 21]. Section 3 is flawed regarding transfer of firearms between family members and would create criminals out of innocent family members.

When my son comes to visit, we like to go target shooting at the local range. He does not travel with firearms but uses mine when here. I-594 as presently written would put us in violation of the law when I hand him my firearm. We would not qualify for the exemption under provisions of Section 3 Part (f) of I-594 regarding “practicing for or performance by an organized group that uses firearms.” We’re just father and son spending time together doing something we both enjoy.

I-594 contains language allowing transfer of a firearm between family members if it is a “bona fide gift.” I do not believe this situation would qualify as a bona fide gift. Therefore, we both would be guilty of committing a crime just because we wanted to spend some quality time together at the shooting range.

I-594 is flawed. Vote no on I-594. Allow the Legislature to enact a fair and balanced law.

Michael Scott, Snohomish

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