Tuesday, February 19, 2013

WA gun bill includes police searches without warrants

Ed Morrissey - Oh, let’s not call them searchesLet’s call them inspections, just a small price for gun owners to pay for exercising a right explicitly protected in the Constitution, and without any probable cause apparent for a crime being committed.  After all, we know that will convince criminals not to keep weapons, right?  Right?

Even gun-control activists in Washington are embarrassed by this, er, mistake (via Instapundit):
Forget police drones flying over your house. How about police coming inside, once a year, to have a look around?

As Orwellian as that sounds, it isn’t hypothetical. The notion of police home inspections was introduced in a bill last week in Olympia.

That it’s part of one of the major gun-control efforts pains me. It seemed in recent weeks lawmakers might be headed toward some common-sense regulation of gun sales. But then last week they went too far. By mistake, they claim. But still too far.

“They always say, we’ll never go house to house to take your guns away. But then you see this, and you have to wonder.”