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Initiative 1639: What Washington Gun Owners Need to Know

Update for Washington Gun Owners

On November 2018, Washington state voters passed one of the most comprehensive gun safety laws in the nation. Initiative 1639 or I-1639 (or the Public Safety and Semi-Automatic Assault Rifle Act), implements restrictions on the purchase and ownership of firearms and mandates safe storage requirements. Some of the restrictions are:

  • Mandatory background checks.
  • Increasing the legal purchasing age to 21.
  • Providing proof of storage for your firearms.

The intent of the law is to increase public safety and to curb the impact of gun violence which primarily targets women, children, and teenagers. This initiative is one step in addressing mass shootings and suicide deaths by firearms and accidental shootings.

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Here’s what you need to know about Washington Initiative 1639

Only Section 13, the age-limit portion of Initiative 1639 went into effect on January 1, 2019. The remainder becomes law on July 1, 2019. The law has several conditions you should be aware of.

  • Raises the legal purchasing age from 18 to 21 for semi-automatic rifles. In effect as of January 1, 2019.

The initiative updates state law so the requirements to purchase a semi-automatic rifle will match handguns. Hawaii, Illinois, Vermont and New York also prohibit persons under 21 from buying firearms.

  • Gun buyers will be required to pass a comprehensive, enhanced background check.
  • Gun buyers will need to provide proof of passing a firearms-training course.

The course must have been completed within the last five years. Additionally, the gun training course must be renewed every five years after buying a semi-automatic rifle.

  • Gun buyers must wait 10 business days, from the date the licensed dealer requested the background check, to take possession of the gun.
  • Buyers must not be prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm under federal or state law and the results of all required background checks must be known.
  • Gun dealers may charge buyers an additional fee up to $25 for semi-automatic rifle sales due to new regulations.

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Initiative 1639 Gun Storage Requirement

The second main component of Initiative 1639 imposes firearm storage requirements for gun owners.

  • Initiative 1639 requires that all gun owners secure their firearms or risk criminal penalties. Owners could be charged if someone who’s not allowed to possess a firearm, like a child or a felon, uses it in a crime, discharges it, or displays it publicly.

The criminal penalties include charges of community endangerment ranging from a first-degree class C felony to a misdemeanor.

Penalty Exceptions:

  • Firearms used and obtained via unlawful entry where the incident has been reported within 5 days of the time the person should’ve known it occurred.
  • Firearms that are secured in lock box, safe, or similar storage, and are somehow accessed by someone who shouldn’t have it.
  • The prohibited person obtains, or obtains and discharges, the firearm in a lawful act of self-defense.
  • In the case of a person who is a prohibited person based on the person’s age, access to the firearm is with the lawful permission of the prohibited person’s parent or guardian and supervised by an adult or is in accordance with RCW 9.41.042.

Need a gun safe? We carry Amsec and Gardall brand safes, up to 40% off retail price, that comply with Initiative 1639’s gun storage requirement.  Our safes will help ensure your firearms out of reach and secure from children and other prohibited persons. For more information about safe firearm storage and best practices, click here.

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Initiative 1639 Gun Transfer Exceptions

The background check requirement does not apply to:

  • A transfer between immediate family members.
  • Sale or transfer of an antique firearm.
  • A temporary transfer of possession of a firearm if the transfer is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to the person whom the firearm is transferred.
  • Any law enforcement or corrections agency and officer, federal officials, and members of the US armed forces.
  • The temporary transfer of a firearm between spouses or domestic partners or to a person who’s under 18 for lawful hunting.
  • A sale or transfer when the purchaser or transferee is a licensed collector and the firearm being sold or transferred is a curio or relic.

 

Initiative 1639 Firearms Safety Courses

Do you need to get your Initiative 1639 firearms safety course completed or renewed? Read this list of I1639 Firearms Safety Training Class providers:

  1. https://fortress.wa.gov/cjtc/www/images/Instructor%20Directory%20January%204%202019.pdf
  2. https://firearmsacademy.com/i-1639/firearms-safety-training-class
  3. https://www.nrainstructors.org/Search.aspx
  4. https://www.kaeryconcealed.com/training/i-1639-approved-family-firearms-safety-training-davenport-wa/
  5. http://www.concealedsafety.com/

 

Initiative 1639 is detailed and has many conditions that you should acquaint yourself with. To read the full text of I1639, click here. (It’s only 30 pages long!)

Definitions

Secure gun storage is defined as “a locked box, gun safe, or other secure locked storage space that is designed to prevent unauthorized use or discharge of a firearm; and the act of keeping an unloaded firearm stored by such means.”

A semi-automatic rifle is defined as “any rifle which utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing cartridge to extract the fired cartridge case and chamber the next round, and which requires a separate pull of the trigger to fire each cartridge”.

Prohibited person is defined as “a person who is prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal law”.

This post does not constitute as legal advice nor legal opinion. For specific questions relating to Initiative 1639 and its conditions, please contact an attorney or your local law enforcement officer.

 

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5 Keyless Entry Options for Businesses

We’ve all experienced that moment; you get to the door and suddenly realize you don’t have your keys. Maybe it’s just as you’re walking out of the building after work. Then, suddenly the door slams shut behind you. It’s too late to react. You’re already locked out.

It’s tough dealing with these types of situations, but your company still shouldn’t sacrifice security for convenience. We certainly understand that and we don’t believe you should have to. That’s why Harry’s Locksmith has the solutions for you. Here are our top five keyless entry options for businesses.

Biometric

Not only can forgetting or losing your keys be frustrating, but it can also compromise your security. Keys that are lost on the street can be picked up by anyone or duplicated so that you’re no longer in control of who can access your building.

If you want to have peace of mind by maximizing your building’s security, a biometric entry system may work best. Biometric locks are a secure option because they require you to verify your identity before gaining entry to a building. Additionally, such locks are able to time-stamp entries so that you know exactly who is entering your building and when.

Many biometric locks have a two-step authentication system for enhanced security. First, the device will scan your fingerprint to confirm your identity. Next, you’ll enter a code into a keypad to unlock the door. Biometric locks are great options for small business owners since they can typically be programmed with up to 100 fingerprints.

Keypads

While biometric locks work well for smaller businesses or restricted access areas, you may want to select another option if you have a large business that sees a lot of foot traffic. Keypad locks are a good option because they allow quick access into a building by simply entering a code into a keypad. With these types of locks, you select between electronic and mechanical.

Electronic keypads are battery operated and light up by touch. This is an excellent feature if you have people entering your building after dark. The light will make it easier for access codes to be entered quickly and accurately. The important thing to remember with electronic keypads is that you’ll need to change the battery every so often or you may get locked out. Electronic keypads are often equipped with a backup key for that very reason.

Mechanical keypads are a good alternative if you don’t want to switch out batteries. One downside of keypads, however, is that once someone leaves your company, they’ll still have access to your building unless you change the code. That’s less than ideal if you have a company with a high turnover rate. In that case, you may want to explore other options.

Key Fobs

Key fobs are electronic devices that can be scanned in front of a reader. The reader takes the data from the fob and transmits it to a central server, which will then grant access to the building. Key fobs are great keyless entry options for large businesses for a couple of reasons. First, the system retains the scanned information so you’ll have a record of who entered the building at that time. Second, the device can be deactivated once an employee leaves the company.

With key fobs, you can also customize access to each individual fob. That means if you want certain parts of your building to remain restricted, you can make sure only certain key fobs are activated to gain entry to those particular areas. With customization options and easy deactivation, key fobs are an excellent way to make sure your business remains secure.

Intercoms

Certain buildings, particularly those occupied by children, benefit from the use of intercom systems. Intercom systems are typically equipped with video and enhance security to make sure that whoever comes to the door is thoroughly vetted prior to entry. Once a person’s identity has been verified, the intercom system’s master user can press a door release button. That button is connected to electronic locking hardware, such as an electric strike. Once pressed, the button will disable the lock so that the person can gain entry into the building.

Another way intercom systems keep your building secure is by storing video so that it can be viewed at a later time. This is particularly important if you need to go back and review building entry footage for any reason.

Smart Locks

In today’s world, there are all sorts of smart devices. This includes door locks. With smart keyless entry, access to your building is literally at your fingertips. By using your smartphone, you can lock or unlock your building remotely. Have someone swinging by? You can unlock the door for them without having to physically go to your building. You can also give your employees digital keys and receive notifications when your building has been accessed. This will allow you to monitor the building even when you’re away from town on a business trip, for instance.

Did you have an employee unexpectedly leave the business? You can easily revoke access remotely as well. At just the touch of a button, you can lock and unlock, and track your building even when you’re far away.

Are you ready to upgrade your building locks to a keyless entry system? Unsure which is the right option? Harry’s Locksmith is here for you. We want to help you find the perfect balance between security and convenience. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice one for the other and we’ll make sure you don’t have to. Give us a call and we’ll assess your building needs so that we can unlock the right solutions.

Alternate Entry Solutions for Businesses

Alternate Entry Solutions

In the real estate industry, the adage is location, location, location.

But no matter where a business is located, there’s another thing that matters in creating a successful atmosphere: curb appeal. If the entrance isn’t friendly, if it doesn’t invite people in, the business probably won’t be in business for very long. And if it isn’t user-friendly, and provide your employees and customers with the right technology, you could be losing sales.

A front door has a lot of job requirements. It must be tough enough to withstand rain, wind, cold, and the hottest summer sun. It must stand strong against an intruder looking for an easy way through. And it must create a good first impression, inviting people in.

That’s a pretty tall order for a front door. If you’ve never thought much about your entry system, maybe it’s time you did.

Wood or wood veneer can warp, crack, or break. Metal won’t last forever either as it can discolor over time and peel away. Glass has its own unique problems; it can break and allow people to see in.

Of course, those aren’t the only considerations. How a door opens is just as important as how it looks.

With all of those considerations to take in, what’s a business owner to do?

Accessibility

Doors open. Doors close. But there’s a lot more to it than that when it comes to designing entrances for different kinds of businesses. Depending on what products or services you offer, alternate entry solutions can strengthen the process.

Standard doors come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re looking for elegance and select an exotic wood, or want something simple and choose a standard glass door, ease of use is mandatory.

Do you have locks in place that are easy for employees to enter?

Do you have controls in place that make it easy to change the locks as employees are hired or quit?

Do your doors function properly, to open and close easily without a catch?

Do you offer alternative entry solutions for people with disabilities, doors that are ADA compliant?

It’s important to ensure a safe entry for all of your employees and customers with disabilities as they enter and exit your location. You can select low-energy doors that are opened using push plate technology or go with full-energy sophistication, which opens for people as they approach the doorway.

Also pay attention to door openings and width. Most entrances to commercial locations use 36 inch wide doors to ensure accessibility for everyone. If you have older, narrower doors in place, it may be necessary to make adjustments using special hinges.

Pay attention to door hardware as well. Turning knobs, for example, might not be the best choice with disabilities that limit grasping, such as arthritis. This is where multiple opener options come in handy. While it’s important to understand your customer base, it’s equally important to think beyond as well.

Durability

How many times will your doors open and close throughout the day? The more customers and employees you have, the more abuse your doors will take.

It’s not just people that may enter your location. Sometimes you need alternative entry solutions for other resources entering and exiting.

Does your business utilize shopping carts? Do young parents routinely enter your location pushing strollers? Or maybe you cater to a population that frequently uses walkers and wheelchairs?

All of that action can result in bumps and scratches as they try to enter.

Of course, different sized businesses often have more than one entry. Or maybe you use different entry points for different things. Do you routinely get deliveries through stockroom entryways? Or maybe you have employees use one entrance, while customers use another.

The larger your commercial space, the more you can cater to individual needs. Don’t just provide the same entry techniques for everyone. With slight changes, you can make entry a much more appealing process.

In some cases, you may even call attention to different parts of your building. Why not cater to young families by having stroller-friendly entrances? Or offer special entrances for seniors needing a little extra support.

All of that opening, banging, knocking, slamming, crashing, and closing can have an impact. If your doors grow weaker over time, not only can they create an unsightly mess, but they can also increase your risk.

Security

In today’s world, you can’t operate a business without putting security at the top of the list. And the weakest points of every business are the places people can get in.

That means you should install security devices that meet your needs. To do that, ask yourself two questions:

• How high is the risk?
• What are you trying to secure?

A jewelry store requires different methods of security than a daycare. A grocery store has different needs than an art gallery. The best way to install the right security is to understand who needs access.

Maybe you want video surveillance to record movement 24 hours a day. Or maybe high security and restricted key access is a must to ensure only those who need to get in are the ones who can.

From traditional keyed entries to keyless entry pads to sophisticated smart technology, there are entry systems to meet every need. It starts by understanding your options. And keep in mind, it’s not always just the front door that needs control. Sometimes your entry points are inside your building.

Do you have medical equipment in need of protection? Or maybe you have a data room you need to secure? Sometimes an alternative entry solution involves sophisticated tracking, something a knowledgeable locksmith can help you install.

A thorough inspection from one of our technicians can help you hone in on your weakest points and discover the easiest ways to ensure security.

Service

Alternative entry solutions are only as good as how they work. If you rely on too simple of a lock system or don’t maintain your entry points on a regular basis, you’re leaving your doors wide open for potential problems or criminal behavior.

Having a locksmith on your team ensures your doors remain open to your customers every day of the year. From simple lock and key solutions to sophisticated security measures, we have the right technology for your commercial location.

Are you ready to upgrade your entry system?