Democratic legislators in Washington state introduced a new bill last week that allows police to search the homes of assault weapon owners.
Three Seattle Democrats proposed the bill banning assault weapons in the state last week, but the bill doesn’t just ban semi-automatic weapons. It also gives sheriffs permission to inspect assault weapons owners’ homes — without a warrant.
The bill reads:
“In order to continue to possess an assault weapon that was legally possessed on the effective date of this section, the person possessing shall … safely and securely store the assault weapon. The sheriff of the county may, no more than once per year, conduct an inspection to ensure compliance with this subsection.”
But even liberals think the lawmakers went too far with the house search provision and the bill’s sponsors are now backtracking on the it.
State Sen. Adam Kline (D-Seattle) admitted that he was unaware the bill included the provision until after he signed off on it.
“I made a mistake,” Kline told the Seattle Times. “I frankly should have vetted this more closely.”
The main sponsor, State Sen. Ed Murray (D-Seattle) also condemned the search provision in his own bill.
“I have to admit that shouldn’t be in there,” Murray said the Seattle Times.
He said he never thought the bill would actually pass, and therefore added the provision as more of “a general statement, as a guiding light of where we need to go.”
A new version of the bill will be introduced, according to a State Senate Democratic spokesperson. Good thing, because it just so happens that this “guiding light” is unconstitutional.