Wash. State Rep. and attorney Matt Shea: ‘We will not comply’ with I-594 gun control law

Wash. State Rep. and attorney Matt Shea: ‘We will not comply’ with I-594 gun control law

rlyOn January 15, hundreds of gun owners met in front of the Washington state capitol building in Olympia to protest the new draconian gun control law, I-594. Bankrolled by billionaires, it has already prompted protests around the state, including a previous “I will not comply” rally in Olympia during December.

Organized by the Washington Firearms Leaders Action Group and other gun rights organizations, including Second Amendment leader Alan Gottlieb, the  protest featured many prominent Washingtonians who declared they would not comply with the poorly drafted, unenforceable law. Rep Matt. Shea of Spokane Valley is the prime sponsor of House Bill 1245, which would repeal the law.  He told the crowd, “An unconstitutional law is no law at all.”

Breitbart News reports,

I-594 outlaws private gun sales in the state by requiring “universal background checks.” Under the new law, it is not legal to even lend a gun to a friend without going through a background check, except in cases where the friend needs the gun because of an imminent threat against his or her life.

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According to SeattlePI.com, those gathered then marched to the State House and exchanged guns in the House Gallery “to make a show of violating I-594.”

Besides announcing that he and his fellow Second Amendment supporters would not comply with I-594, Shea said he “will ask … sheriffs and prosecutors not to comply as well.”

While the Second Amendment supporters traded guns inside the State House, state Senator Pam Roach (R-Auburn) gave a speech outside, in which she stated, “Hey, don’t tread on us.” She said that she and her fellow pro-Second Amendment legislators have six to ten different bills in the works, all targeting I-594.

The Washington Firearms Leaders Action Group intends to continue holding monthly rallies. Alan Gottlieb’s Second Amendment Foundation has filed a lawsuit against I-594 in federal court. The billionaires behind I-594 probably had no idea the outcry would be this loud in a blue state. At this rate, this hellacious infringement on one of our most important rights should be gone in a year or two. Keep the pressure up.

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2017.

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