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Mon January 27, 2014
Online Gun Exchange Launches On Eve Of Gun Measure Hearings
Starting today, Washington gun owners will have a new place to sell their firearm online at the Washington Gun Exchange.
The arrival of this online marketplace comes as Washington lawmakers prepare to hold contentious hearings on dueling gun measures.
The Washington Gun Exchange will be an offshoot of a similar website in Utah. Founder Nick Moyes, who lives in Utah, says he picked Washington in part because he’s gotten to know some conservative lawmakers here. Another reason: Michael Bloomberg’s group Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns has contributed to a ballot measure campaign for universal background checks in Washington.
“Absolutely, the political statement is there as well,” Moyes said.
Moyes says the exchange is an online marketplace for in-state person-to-person gun sales. Other national websites like Armslist already exist, but Moyes sells his as more local in nature. Oregon residents will also be able to post listings on the Washington site.
Moyes says he believes his website will bring together responsible gun owners and gun buyers, and won’t be a marketplace for criminal transactions. Still, he said, “We fully expect the ire of the gun control folks, but we’re ok. We can take those hits.”
Moyes says it’s coincidental that his launch comes the same week that gun control and gun rights will become front-and-center issues in the Washington Legislature.
Lawmakers plan to hold a pair of hearings on competing gun initiatives. One would expand background checks while the other would limit them.
Democratic State Senator Jamie Pedersen says the launch of the Washington Gun Exchange “illustrates the need for universal background checks.”