In Washington State, you Concealed Pistol License is tied to your driver’s license. When your name is run through the computer systems used by the various municipal, county and state constabularies, a link appears that connects them directly to every gun you have ever purchased from an FFL in Washington.
It is called the Washington Handgun Registry. That second form you fill out after your 4473 divides up into multiple carbon copies, one of which is sent to the state which ties you to the firearm forever (since it doesn’t cancel out if the gun is resold through an FFL later).
During traffic stops I make it a point to hand over my driver’s license, vehicle registration, proof of insurance and my CPL so as to garner some good faith between the armed government official and myself. I know some folks say this is dumb, but because the person in the car with the flashing lights already knows that I have a CPL before I come to a complete stop, I figure I’ll let them know they have one less thing to worry about for the duration.
So far, Washington State has not used their list for mass confiscations of firearms. However, they do whip it out to confirm the surrendering of firearms in situations such as Domestic Violence or felony convictions.
“First you should know that I do not support Washington House Bill 1588 as it is currently written.
“My support for a state universal background check bill must include a substantial victory for gun owners that includes, but is not limited to repealing, prohibiting and destroying the current state handgun registration system and the data base of several million records of gun owners and their firearms that include the type of handguns and the serial numbers.
“This would be a huge victory for our gun rights. We would be the first state to repeal a gun registration system. Think about that and what it means for your privacy as a gun owner and the fact that we all know historically that registration leads to confiscation.
“In addition, if you have a carry permit you will be exempt from additional background checks. No checks would be required for transfers between family members. If you are a member of an organization like the Washington Arms Collectors that does a background check for membership, you would be exempt from additional checks to buy a firearm at their gun shows.
“There are other inclusions that must be made as well that are good for our rights and freedom that need to be in a final bill to have my support.
“My guess is that the gun grabbers will not go along with these provisions and kill the bill. If they do the “blood” so to speak is on their hands, not ours.
“There are other smart, tactical, political and morally justified reasons why I have taken this position that I do not want to make public at this time. We do have enemies and I am not going to telegraph our strategy to them by spelling out our battle plans.
“I enjoy winning our freedoms more than the fight. I wish I can say that about some of my critics who have pre-judged without knowledge what it is that I am doing.
“Anyone who knows me knows that for the past forty years my efforts have expanded and protected our right to keep and bear arms from local city councils all the way to the United States Supreme Court.”
Good luck, Alan. Don’t fuck this up.