If you haven’t been paying attention to what’s happening in Connecticut, you probably should. Last year, Connecticut passed a law requiring that certain rifles be registered by the end of the year — 50,000 registrations were received, about 4 percent compliance. Estimates are that 100,000+ people in Connecticut went to bed on Dec. 31st as law-abiding citizens and woke up the next day as felons.
State officials face a choice: don’t enforce the law or bring deadly force against peaceful citizens who simply want to be left alone. Not lost is that these new felons far outnumber those who would enforce the law. They very likely make up the majority of the National Guard, and some police officers will refuse to participate in such raids.
Why should we care? I-594 has a similar effect. Since the sheriff’s offices will have access to every transfer, they will eventually have a record of every firearm in Washington. The difference is that it won’t happen overnight as it did in Connecticut. This could be our future unless, as in Connecticut, we simply ignore the law or, better yet, we heed their warning and make sure such things never pass in Washington.