HEAT ADVISORY today in Western Washington

Federal judge tosses out challenge to Washington’s new law expanding gun background checks

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TACOMA (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit challenging parts of Washington state’s new law expanding background checks on gun transfers.

U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle in Tacoma ruled that opponents of the law didn’t have standing to challenge the parts of Initiative 594 that required background checks for non-commercial gun transfers.

The judge said they had not suffered any injury or shown that they are at risk of being prosecuted.

I-594 passed with 59 percent of the vote last November. It created universal background checks for all sales, including those made online or at gun shows, as well as for transfers including many loans and gifts.

The measure has exceptions for emergency gun transfers concerning personal safety, gifts between family members, antiques and loans for hunting.


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  • dg54321

    Yeah, I had a feeling that might happen. These things usually get overturned with “test cases”, where someone is charged under the law in question, and it then gets ruled unconstitutional, which negates the law and the charge against the person in the “test case”.

    But the judge in question is also an extreme leftist with a shady past (threw out a lawsuit in 2014 from a man who was wrongfully imprisoned for 20 years for no good reason), so I’m sure this will be taken up in appeals.

  • greg

    594 – not enforced, so nobody gets charged, so suit can’t happen.

    where are all those criminals WAGR & Stumbo lied about??

    • hellomurica

      Yeah, you sure see all those news reports of people being arrested illegally buying weapons violating 594, and all those crimes that were stopped as a result, right? Oh wait, not a single solitary arrest yet. Only people at firing ranges who can’t exchange weapons with a friend because the facility doesn’t want to deal with the B.S. that might result because of 594. Yet another pathetically stupid law from progressives and liberals.

    • hellomurica

      And then there’s Peety, the libtard of the century, spouting off his usual garbage. There is mountains of evidence of judges making insanely bad decisions, not following the law, and even breaking the law in their own courtrooms. Your appeal to authority as an argument is ignorant at best, and just plain stupid as hell at worst.

  • "peety"

    Liberal Judge! LOL!

    On January 9, 2007, Settle was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington vacated by Franklin D. Burgess. Settle was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 28, 2007, and received his commission on July 2, 2007.

  • hellomurica

    Time to appeal. 594 needs to be thrown out. It is absolutely unconstitutional and provides no additional safety for anyone. It’s nothing more than gun control masquerading as gun safety, just like all the 2nd amendment-hating liberals and progressives intended.

    • "peety"

      Maybe you should stop listening to people like Gottlieb who make a living selling guns. A GW Bush appointed judge disagrees with you. Now what?

      you lost, get over it and move on.

      • hellomurica

        I don’t need to listen to him, I can read for myself what’s behind the lies of that initiative. And I won’t “get over it”. You infringe upon my rights, and you have a fight on your hands, and I won’t stop until this pile of refuse law is thrown out. Name a SINGLE CASE where this law has caught anyone or made anyone safer. Oh right, you can’t. Progressives are clueless twits whose logical fallacies only make sense in their own twisted minds.