Gun control supporters in Washington State are about 70 of the way to their goal of getting a background check measure on the ballot. The ballot measure,Â Initiative 594, can be found here. The vast majority of people who will vote on it, one way or another, will never read it. That is the idea. What will appear on the ballot won’t include the details. Again, this bill would make it a crime to teach someone to shoot, because it criminalizes any temporary transfer not “necessary to prevent such imminent death or great bodily harm.” They are essentially trying to get Schumer’s background check bill passed in Washington State on the sly, by hiding it behind a ballot measure that will tell voters exactly none of those little details and gotchas. The details of Schumer’s proposal and Washington’s Initiative 594 are similar, but the essence is the same. Temporary transfer is criminalized except through narrow exceptions. It will cost a great deal of money to try to educate enough gun owners as to what this ballot measure really does, and to whip up opposition. But Bloomberg is smart to fight on these grounds. Every gun owner in Washington is going to get to get involved if we’re going to have a prayer of defeating this.