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Washington State's Attorney General, West side Democrats and a majority of well meaning but uninformed voters have shown their willingness to mess with state resident's 2nd Amendment rights.

Example - Last year's Initiative 1639.  While 56% of Yakima County voters said no, 60% of statewide voters said yes to the measure that raises the legal age to buy any semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21, requires purchasers to pass an enhanced background check, show proof of firearms-training course, and wait 10 business days before they take possession of the weapon.  The initiative also creates gross-misdemeanor and felony classes of the new crime of  “community endangerment.”

The problem with so much of the concern, rule making and restrictions is that they are almost always aimed at law abiding gun owners.  Meanwhile a new report from the ​Justice Department confirms that legal guns are rarely the problem in gun crimes.

The Patriot Post reports that  DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) shows" that in 2016, some 287,400 individuals were imprisoned for committing crimes while in possession of a firearm and 90% of those firearms were obtained illegally.

Just 10 percent of gun carrying convicts said they got weapons through purchases or trades at gun shows, flea markets, firearm stores, and pawn shops ...with only about 1 percent of prisoners who used a firearm during their crime had obtained it through a retail sale.”

​So what is the takeaway?  Creating more laws aimed at law abiding gun owners isn't the answer for stopping criminals with guns.

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