Ignorance of the law

One of the pivotal court cases restricting the rights of Americans was the 1939 US vs. Miller. It’s quite obvious from the evidence that Miller had no idea that he was breaking that specific law at the time he was arrested with a short-barreled shotgun. Moreover, the arrest was for a different transgression, and gun charges were added onto it.

As things stand now in Washington state, everyone who has a firearm at home or has some remote connection to shooting is at risk of prosecution under the broadly written, pervasive and completely unreasonable new restrictions on a variety of normal, everyday and entirely benign actions that are legal pretty much everywhere else in the country. If the state wants to prosecute a person, they will be able to find a suitable portion of I-594 to use against him. I don’t think enough of the Washington residents are aware of the size of the bludgeon they just voted to their rulers.


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16 Responses to Ignorance of the law

  1. john thomas says:

    Was this law actually supprted by misinformed gun ownwers or the liberal community!?
    Makes me glad I live in Az.

    • Yes John misinformed gun owners did vote for this pile of garbage. In large quantities I might add. Also just as bad many also didn’t even bother to show up to the polls. Which in Washington is 100% mail in. They didn’t even have to go anywhere.

      Many have told me I was wrong after reciting the law word for word to them. The problem is it’s being presented as one thing when it’s something else and it isn’t a short read. It takes a while to try and map it all out and the list of unintended consequences is ever expanding. The law is written in the form you must plead guilty and take an affirmative defense under an exemption. It’s absolutely horrible.

      • Lyle says:

        Any law that’s more than a few sentences is designed specifically to deceive.

        • Lyle says:

          Marihuana could have been legalized, for example, with one sentence; “All laws or ordinances pertaining specifically to marihuana are hereby repealed and nullified.” Something like that. Instead it was pages and pages of horseshit, setting up more bureaucracy, opportunity for corruption, and layers of taxation (which is always the point of course). I therefore voted against.

  2. I’m so glad I wasn’t drinking coffee when I opened this up. I erupted in laughter walking across the room because that pic of me works SO WELL!!!!

    Thanks Oleg…

  3. Paul West says:

    I lost NO rights from to I-594. Those rights are still guaranteed by the constitution and I still have them.

    The state is infringing on those rights and I may be subject to jail time and further infringements of my rights should I decide to execute my rights.

  4. Paul Koning says:

    Depends on your definition. A right not available to you because you go to jail if you exercise it is certainly “lost” in any practical sense, even if it still exists, in hibernation, in a formal legal sense. The right doesn’t come to life and return to practical meaningfulness until the infringement is terminated and the infringers sent off to jail where they belong.

    • Lyle says:

      The definition is right in the Declaration of Independence, and it’s a good one. Essentially it says a right cannot be given or taken away, that it is inherent in Man. It can be ignored or violated, just as your property can be stolen. But that property is still yours. This is how we descend into conflict and brutality, which is the goal.

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  7. Lyle says:

    I don’t. Have the exact numbers, but it went something like this. 594 was passed by a margin of around 60:40, with about. 30% turnout! which means that it was passed by around 18% of registered voters. I don’t know what percentage of eligible voters are registered, or what percentage of the total number of people who live in WA state are eligible to vote. Point being, a very small minority just screwed over the vast majority, all of it of course antithetical to the Supreme Law of the Land. This is how communists get past that “Bill of Negative Rights” they hate so much, and it will be the destruction of polite society.

      • Tama Paine says:

        Coming to this comment exchange/entry late, but wanted to add:

        Our Initiative system is totally kcufed up in WA state. It was originally designed to keep big interests from foisting legislation on citizens via big-bucks political schemes.

        This is the real evil genius of 594: Bloomberg’s minions figured out how to use it exactly opposite the way it was intended. This is not the first time that has happened…but this is the most odious piece of drek. It demonstrates a political marketing principle as well: people don’t vote for anything more complicated than the YEA NAY talking point pumped into them like so much eclair custard by the bought-by-the-pound media.

        As for Mr. Lynch below, kindly leave your polarized politics out of it, because in doing so you are the raw meat that the political consultants eat for breakfast. I know plenty of left, prog, lib, Dem, and otherwise lefty Washingtonians who are steadfast RKBA people and voted against this thing. For starters I also know right, conservative, GOP/Tea Party people who thought 594 was a terrific idea. Because Think Of The Childrunnnnn.
        Stop turning 2A into polarized politics and engage people at the level of facts. But of course that will you require to ENGAGE people, rather than just spit on them from a distance.

  8. Comrade X says:

    …..On Dec 13th we will hold our first rally at the capital, openly exchange guns, unveil and plan to break apart the entire legislation and violate i594 in every possible way. Because ALL law that violates the Constitution is not law, it is VOID! This is our time Washington. Lets show the world how liberty is done.


  9. Braden Lynch says:

    I doubt that even 5% of the un-American idiots who voted for I-594 read it in its entirety. They are uninformed, ignorant, and easily swayed swarm of people that don’t even have enough common sense to abstain from voting on something they have not even read. Kind of sounds like our Democrat Senators and Representatives and Obamacare. Wait, it is exactly like those bastards.

    I would love to float an initiative that has a cool Trojan Horse title like, “Free puppies for everyone” and meanwhile the text is a requirement that all registered Democrats / Progressives / Communists are to show up to the “disintegration chambers” (hat tip to Star Trek) if enacted.

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