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“Why am I the guy to do it, to offer the solution?” Cazes said. “I've been in the business 15 years. I've been in both sides politically. I lived in Louisiana for 20 years.”
His decision has led to a social media firestorm. He's been getting strong pushback, but also praise from both sides. And that's exactly what brought gun owner Greg Meserve to Cazes' gun shop for the first time on Tuesday.
“I support anyone who starts getting attacked for making common sense issues the norm,” Meserve said.
If you're buying any type of gun anywhere in the country, you have to fill out a federal form. And then your background check goes through the FBI database.
In Washington state, you only have to fill out the state form if you're buying a handgun.
You don't have to fill out that form or do a state background check if you're buying any type of long gun like a shotgun or AR-15. That's part of what Cazes wants to change.
Cazes says given the support he’s gotten from both sides, he wants to push the idea forward. On Tuesday, he was lined up for multiple national interviews. And a Tacoma gun shop owner reached out to help.
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"He said 'I have three master's degrees and one is in criminal justice and I'll help you write the bill,'" Cazes said. "I said 'Thanks. Let's get on it.'"
Cazes stresses the idea is a compromise.
“Even if it helps 5 percent less people going crazy from people who aren't mature enough to handle these sort of weapons, then that's worth it,” he said. “But on the other side, I want my right to own this (AR-15) as an adult. That is my choice of what I want to defend myself and my family with.”