WA Judge: Come Back When You’ve Been Arrested

posted on May 9, 2015

A federal judge has dismissed a suit against Washington’s Initiative 594, which imposes background checks on every gun transfer, because plaintiffs hadn’t yet been prosecuted for violating the law. I-594 supporters cited the ruling as proof that gun owners should give up and go home.

U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle wrote, “Plaintiffs explicitly concede that they have no intention of violating I-594, plaintiffs have failed to allege any specific warning or threat to initiate a prosecution, and plaintiffs have failed to allege any history of past prosecution or enforcement of I-594. Therefore … the court concludes that plaintiffs have failed to show a genuine or imminent threat of prosecution …”

Because those lawful gun owners won’t even break a bad law, they will have to wait until arrested for an unwitting violation—and their lives devastatingly impacted—before they can assert their rights.

An appeal is expected.

Latest

Frank Miniter
Frank Miniter

From The Editor: Will More Europeans Go Pro-Gun Rights?

It is an open question whether, as everyone sees Ukrainian citizens picking up rifles to defend their lives and liberty from Russian troops, more Europeans will come to the conclusion that this is a right every law-abiding person needs.

President’s Column | Ukraine’s Example

For anyone who ever needed proof of how crucial gun rights are to our survival and our safety, I have just two words of advice: Remember Ukraine!

Freedom’s Biggest Movement: Constitutional Carry

I am immensely proud to join with Second Amendment supporters across America in celebrating a major milestone reached in April, when Georgia became the 25th constitutional-carry state.

Standing Guard | 151 Years Strong!

With the NRA now over 150 years old, it's no overstatement to say that the vision, initiative and determination shared by you, me and millions of our fellow members have fueled the greatest restoration of freedom this nation has ever seen.

President Donald J. Trump to Address NRA Members at the 2022 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits

The former president will headline a star-studded cast of political heavyweights at the NRA Annual Meetings in Houston, Texas.

Court Rules That 18-21 Year Olds Also Have Constitutional Rights

Here's what a recent ruling from the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals means for 18-21-year-olds' constitutional rights.



Get the best of America's 1st Freedom delivered to your inbox.