A Washington state museum is pulling World War II rifles from an exhibit in order to comply with new background-check legislation for gun permits.
The state recently passed strict regulations requiring background checks for all gun sales and transfers, and eliminating previous exemptions for gun shows. It does allow antiques to forego the checks, but defines antiques as weapons made before 1898.
The Lynden Pioneer Museum is returning the guns to their owners on December 3rd.
“I read through the law about 10 different times looking for a loophole,” said the museum director.
The museum explained their decision to patrons on their Facebook page: “As of Dec 4th, we would be in violation of the law if we had loaned firearms that had not undergone the background check procedure. Nor would we be able to return those firearms unless the owners completed the back ground check procedure.”
They went on to express the hope that the state will carve out a means for museums to borrow guns for display “without the heavy financial burden” the law would currently require of them.
According to the Bellingham Herald, “The weapons in the exhibit include an anti-tank rifle, a rare Johnson M1941 used in the war by a Marine paratrooper, and a Japanese infantry rifle used by a U.S. Navy man.”
(h/t Daily Caller)