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Editors note: A week after this story was published, the owner of All American Armory contacted Q13 News stating that the original story misrepresented his position and that his comments were taken out of context. American Armory issued a statement that is posted in its entirety below. You can also click here to read the full statement.

At Q13 News we take any concerns of our reporting seriously and aim to seek the truth and report it as fully as possible. At no time did we intend to mislead or misrepresent the point of view of our interview subjects. We regret any perceptions of misrepresenting All American Armory in this story. We have updated the story to provide further clarification from both the interview conducted a week ago and the statement received from All American Armory.

Here is the updated story:

SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. – The state legislature is proposing several laws aimed at banning the sale of semi-automatic rifles to anyone under 21, adding stiff penalties for guns that are not locked up and making an education class mandatory before the purchase of a semi-automatic rifle.

Justin Hanson, owner of All American Armory in Bow, Washington says he does not support any of the bills that are being proposed and he opposes any further firearms restrictions or bans being considered by the legislature. Hanson says he believes in and encourages responsible gun ownership. In a statement released to Q13 News, Hanson says “We believe in and encourage safety classes and training, and believe responsible actions in the storage of firearms in the home, or anywhere, is paramount, for not only security, but the safety of children. This premise in no way reflects any endorsement on further legislation or need of lawful intervention.” You can read All American Armory’s entire statement here: click here to read the full statement.

Hanson and employee Dave Bates said the law proposed in Olympia banning the sale of semi-automatic rifles to anyone under 21 wouldn’t have much impact at All American Armory. “We really haven’t had a lot of people under 21 try and buy those firearms.” “Out of all those sales, maybe 20 percent, maybe 15 percent are under 21,” Hanson said.

That being said, he doesn’t think it’s the role of Olympia to stop the 18-year-olds from their purchase.

“It’s chipping away at our constitutional rights,” said Hanson. “If they can fight and die at 18, they should be able to have a firearm at 18.” It’s part of the gun safety labeled bills in Olympia that Hanson and Bates take aim at. In a statement released by All American Armory, Hanson further states that they are “in FULL support of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution,” adding “We oppose all/any further firearms restrictions/bans, whether based on age, capacities, functionality of firearms, or their attachments/accessories.”

One of the proposed bills would add stiff penalties for guns that are not locked up. Hanson says creating laws around this will mainly impact law abiding citizens. Hanson says he believes that the state should not be controlling that – it is personal choice. “Firearm safety would include locking up your firearms,” said Bates. “Home security when not in use, should be equally as important as safety. That comes down to a responsible person.” In homes where children are present, Hanson said having your guns locked is part of being a responsible gun owner. “One-hundred percent should be locked up,” said Hanson. “Every gun in my house is locked up all times. The ammunition is locked up and put away. Kids can’t get to it.” “If a person is single or they’re kids are out of the house, that’s their right, that’s their choice to do that,” said Hanson, about having a gun unlocked. “But, if there are kids in the house, it definitely needs to be locked up.”

One of the proposed bills would make an education class mandatory before the purchase of a semi-automatic rifle. In a statement to Q13 News, Hanson says “We believe in and encourage safety classes and training, and believe responsible actions in the storage of firearms in the home, or anywhere, is paramount, for not only security, but the safety of children. This premise in no way reflects any endorsement on further legislation or need of lawful intervention.”

“I hope they (the bills) pass,” said Charleen Spaeth, shopping at the Burlington Target. “I really think there needs to be some kind of control.”

“Parents need to exercise more responsibility and they should be held responsible when kids do that kind of stuff, because ultimately it’s their fault,” said Dick Johnson, a member of the NRA and Second Amendment advocate. Although Johnson agrees with locked guns, he said bills that would set penalties crosses the line.

“I own guns, and I take care of them safely, I just feel that everyone should do the same without having the government tell you how to do it,” he said.

The National Rifle Association has released statements opposing all the gun safety bills in Olympia. Their statement on locks can be found on their website:
House Bill 1122 is vaguely written legislation that could potentially subject law-abiding gun owners to gross misdemeanor penalties, including huge fees and potential imprisonment, if they don’t lock their firearms up and render them useless for any self-defense scenario.

This proposal has little to do with making children safer and everything to do with making it safer to be a criminal. HB 1122 would be virtually unenforceable and in addition to these concerns, there are also safety concerns to consider. The mandatory use of a locking device can greatly diminish reaction times under duress. Being forced to fumble with a lock and key in a self-defense situation could mean the difference between life and death.

Hanson said the claim that a locked gun is “useless for any self-defense scenario” is untrue. “That’s false,” he said. “If you don’t have enough time to get to your weapon in your home, you need to put it closer to where you are at.” However Hanson says he believes there is “no need for further legislation or need of lawful intervention” by lawmakers in Olympia.

Hanson sells safes that unlock in under 4 seconds. “There are safes now that have a wristband that you can swipe. We have one on the counter, $120 dollars, that’s cheap security, it takes about 2 seconds,” he said.

Editors note:
The original version of this story was published on February 2nd. A week after the story aired, All American Armory released a statement to Q13 News. Here is the statement:

February 10, 2017
All American Armory, LLC, wishes to declare a Public Statement for the consideration of interviews conducted by KCPQ 13.

We believe our comments were taken out of context and not presented as complete ideas or represented as our beliefs corresponding to the items in question. The comments used by KCPQ were in fact quoted, but in a much broader conversation of firearm rights, training, education, and safety. The comments were further placed in the broadcast after careful editing making us sound like we were in favor of current proposals before Olympia for making into law. It was further quoted by KCPQ that we agreed with certain points of these proposals. We NEVER agreed with any of it but discussed it at length.

To clarify:
1. We, All American Armory, are in FULL support of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.
2. We oppose all/any further firearms restrictions/bans, whether based on age, capacities, functionality of firearms, or their attachments/accessories.
3. We believe in and encourage safety classes and training, and believe responsible actions in the storage of firearms in the home, or anywhere, is paramount, for not only security, but the safety of children. This premise in no way reflects any endorsement on further legislation or need of lawful intervention.

The above ideologies were not given as our beliefs, feelings, or position on gun control and feel KCPQ 13 grossly misrepresented our establishment, which has caused great backlash and misunderstanding of our customers and the gun community.