There is a senate bill currently pending in the Washington State Legislature, SB 6272, the Washington right to protection act, which includes the following provisions:
Any lawful citizen of Washington has the right under the United States Constitution to protect themselves including, but not limited to:The bill was introduced by nine Republican state senators, six of whom have been reported to have links with the American Legislative Exchange Council.
(a) The use of guns and ammunition;
(b) The use of mace or other repellants; and
(c) Any other means necessary to stop an assailant.
Any lawful citizen of Washington has the right to defend himself or herself, unless he or she is in the act of committing a crime, without interference from federal or state agencies.
Law abiding citizens of Washington shall not have their gun or ammunition rights waived by any governmental agency nor shall their guns or ammunition be tracked with markings or radio frequency identification dust, paint, or any other direct identifiers.
Any lawful citizen of Washington has the constitutional right to privacy in his or her home including, but not limited to, his or her farm, vehicle, trailer, or other place of domicile, and to be anonymous as long as he or she is not in the act of committing a crime.
It seems to me that this legislation is meaningless and redundant in most regards as most of these rights are already protected under state and national laws.
But it pisses me off that guns and bullets and gun owners have more rights to privacy and secrecy than I do.
I had a very unfriendly conversation with someone answering the local police phone on the topic. I wanted to find out if any stance had been taken by the local force on tracking guns and ammunition because, if the weapons and ammo were stolen and used in a crime, it would be of some aid in tracking down the perps -- and one would presume that the original owner of the weaponry would report the theft.
The fellow on the phone wanted to know immediately where I stood on the Second Amendment -- and all I could say was that the intent of the writers of the Second Amendment was not totally clear to me. I failed to get the guy's name, unfortunately, also I was nonplussed by what the Second Amendment had to do with tracking guns and ammo.
I mentioned the Trayvon Martin case in Florida and my concerns about my personal safety anywhere in public in Washington State because we have our own "no retreat" guns laws, apparently enacted in 2011 but I haven't been able to track down the bills yet. Increased hostility ensued between me and the police spokesman and he hung up on me when I angrily said I had a right not be shot down in public in Washington State because some gun nut looked at me cross-eyed.