JASON RANTZ

Lynnwood gun store owner thinks she has already found a loophole in I-1639

Jan 9, 2019, 5:56 AM | Updated: 12:57 pm
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Gun shop owner Tiffany Teasdale-Causer poses for a photo with a semi-automatic rifle in Lynnwood, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

A Lynnwood gun store owner thinks she may have found a loophole in the recently-passed Washington law that prohibits the sale of semi-automatic assault rifles to people under the age of 21.

Owner of Lynnwood Gun Tiffany Teasedale says that while I-1639 attempted to ban the sale of semi-automatic assault rifles to people under the age of 21, it may have missed a few key points when it comes to defining such firearms.

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In short, Teasedale explains to the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH that semi-automatic shotguns may not apply to the new age-restricted law since it speaks to semi-automatic cartridges. The shotguns would fall under a “shells” category of the law.

“So we will still be able to sell semi-automatic shotguns to those under 21, as well as what they are classifying as lever-action, bolt-action, and pump-action firearms,” Teasedale said.

I-1639 was passed by 60 percent voter approval in  November. Among its many gun control measures, it set a minimum age of 21 for the sale of semi-automatic assault weapons. Teasedale suspects that the loophole she found was created because the people who crafted the new gun control law don’t have much experience with, or knowledge of firearms in general.

“It doesn’t seem like anybody who wrote it has ever even touched a firearm, let alone know how any of the background check systems work, how any of the firearms work, or have even shot one or handled one,” she said.

After I-1639 was passed, and before it was implemented, Teasedale said she had at least one customer between the ages of 18-20 coming into the store to inquire about guns that would be classified as semi-automatic assault weapons under the law.

“As soon as 1639 was announced we had groups coming in that were 18-20 years old, and honestly a lot of them were military,” she said. “We had a lot of these kids coming out of boot camp, I call them kids because I am older than them …. we had a bunch of kids that just enjoy shooting with their fiends, or they had older friends that they do competition shooting with. They were purchasing these guns so they could go out and have a safe and fun time. Now we have a bunch of kids that feel like they are being pinpointed, saying that they are not adults. But yet, we are letting them fight for us, making our country safe and keep us free.”

“Now you have the left trying to make sure they don’t feel like they are adequate enough to be safe and responsible,” Teasedale said.

Teasedale says that the background check system more aptly gets to the problems associated with guns. She promotes that it is the person behind a gun that needs to be dealt with, which is what background checks are for.

“I think this is probably one of the stupidest laws I have ever heard of in my entire life,” Teasdale said. “Coming up next is probably going to be the new 10 round magazine restriction … that was introduced on December 24. Then we have new laws trying to go federal banning lower receivers and 80 percenters … it seems like they are trying to attack everything about firearms, but they are not actually getting to the root cause of what people are doing and why they are doing it.”

“We’re more or less want to get the information out there that the bill was written incorrectly by people who don’t understand guns or anything about them or the industry at all,” she said. “We are just trying to get the information out there that guns are not bad, it’s the people that are behind them that are doing bad activity with them. We had three guns stolen from us two days ago by 16-year-old felons. This law, or future laws, are not going to prevent criminals from being criminals.”

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Lynnwood gun store owner thinks she has already found a loophole in I-1639