Voted in this month, a new gun law regarding background checks has raised concern about the Lynden Museum’sWWII rifles.
The Lynden Poineer Museum’s WWII rifles have been a subject of concern regarding a new background check law passed earlier this month in Washington.
Dubbed Initiative 594, this new law requires background checks on sales and transfers, including most weapons transferred in private sales.
The law was passed in an effort to eliminate loopholes that previously existed, by requiring background checks for all transfers, including guns given as loans or gifts. Only guns deemed as antiques would be excluded from this new legislation; unfortunately, only weapons older than 1898 are designated as such.
The museum’s Director, Troy Luginbill, was worried he’d have to return all of the WWII rifles on display to their owners. However, much to the relief of the museum, a pawn shop in Bonney Lake has said they would do the paper work that would allow the museum to keep the rifles.
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Lynden Museum’s WWII rifles are part of the exhibit called “Over the Beach: The WWII Pacific Theater,” which features 11 firearms. Thanks to the owners of the pawn shop, Lynden Museum will be able to keep most of the rifles on display.
Melissa Denny, of Pistol Annie’s Jewelry and Pawn, told reporters, “We’re just one of the little guys, helping another little guy, I don’t want them to lose their firearms.”
A few of the owners reportedly don’t want to go through the background checks and will have to claim the weapons by December 3, when the law takes effect.