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individuals 18 to 20 years of age from
acquiring a semi-automatic rifle.
Bloomberg's prohibitory rationale
could also be applied to many other
groups. For instance, males commit
homicide at a much higher rate than
do females, but that does not justify a
gun ban for all males.
The preamble to the Bloomberg
initiative says, "Research indicates
that the brain does not fully mature
until a later age." The current scientific
view is that full development of the
prefrontal cortex is not completed
until about the age of 25. So while
Bloomberg currently aims to disarm
18- to 20-year-olds, his initiative
actually sets the stage for limiting gun
ownership to those over 25.

act of lending a firearm to a relative
for the weekend and then having that
firearm returned could easily cost
$100 or more in taxes and fees.
Under ballot measure 1639, gun
stores would also be ordered to
disseminate false anti-gun propaganda
to firearm buyers. The language on an
application form to buy a handgun
or a semi-automatic rifle would state:
"caution: The presence of a firearm
in the home has been associated with
an increased risk of death to self and
others, including an increased risk
of suicide, death during domestic
violence incidents, and unintentional
deaths to children and others."
It is true that in the homes of
law-abiding citizens, firearms do
increase "the risk
of death ... to
others." Namely,
it is the risk of
death to home
invaders, stalkers
and other violent
criminals.
Social
science studies
do show that
when a violent
domestic abuser
has access to a
gun, the abuser is more likely to kill
someone. But domestic abusers-even
those who have been convicted of
just a misdemeanor-are already
prohibited from possessing a firearm.
That has been federal law for more
than two decades. The studies also
show that in the home of a domestic
violence victim, such as a woman
who has escaped from an abuser, the
presence of a firearm is not associated
with criminal homicide.
Under current Washington law,
the application form for a handgun
purchase includes the notification
"that local laws and ordinances on
firearms are pre-empted by state law
and must be consistent with state
law." This accurately informs gun
owners about their legal rights. The
Bloomberg initiative would eliminate
that notification requirement. Of
course, preventing gun owners
from knowing their legal rights is

Even the website for
Bloomberg's "Alliance for
Gun Responsibility"-the
proponents of the measure-
refuses to post the full text
of the initiative.
Under Bloomberg's proposed plan,
every semi-automatic rifle transfer
would incur a $25 tax. This includes
lending a semi-automatic to your
brother-in-law for a weekend hunting
trip. When your brother-in-law
returns the rifle to you, there's another
$25 tax. Worse, this tax is indexed
to inflation, meaning it would
automatically increase as the inflation
rate does.
The proceeds from this tax must
then be used to administer the gun
control program-for example, hiring
employees to collect all new medical
records about those who own handguns
or semi-automatic rifles.
Of course, gun stores can't provide
services for free. When they conduct
private transfers, as is now required
in Washington state under a 2014
Bloomberg initiative, they charge fees
for the time required to fill out all the
paperwork. Consequently, the simple

a key strategy of the Bloomberg
organizations.
Because of the extremism of
ballot measure 1639, Bloomberg's
team has even illegally concealed
the contents of the initiative from
petition signers. In violation of
Washington state law, the paid
petition-gatherers did not allow
signers to see the full text of the
initiative, including the provision
that would remove current language
in state law. Even the website for
Bloomberg's "Alliance for Gun
Responsibility"-proponents of
the measure-refuses to post the
full text of the initiative. Instead,
website visitors are merely offered an
incomplete and deceptive summary
of the initiative.
There is no doubt that Bloomberg
and other malefactors of great
wealth will spend massively to fool
Washington voters about what's really
in the measure. And it is doubtful that
most of the media will do a good job
of fully informing the public.
Yet it's possible to beat the
11th-richest man in the world if
enough grassroots civil rights activists
work hard to educate the public,
including their friends and neighbors.
In 2016, for example, the voters of
Maine narrowly rejected a Bloomberg
ballot measure.
Ultimately, the side with the most
money does not always win elections.
The entire financial resources of
the nra are a pittance compared to
Bloomberg's personal wealth of
$50 billion, let alone the cumulative
wealth of Bloomberg's network among
the ultra-rich. Yet the nra uses its
limited resources effectively. If the nra
has what it needs to get the job done,
it's possible that Bloomberg could be
defeated in Washington.
If not, then expect copies of the
Washington law to be introduced all
over the country, just as Bloomberg's
previous victories in the far West have
been used as models elsewhere.

Dave Kopel is research director
at the Independence Institute
and a frequent contributor to
America's 1st Freedom magazine.

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