So the Lynden Pioneer Museum has to give back its loaned guns because it has two choices according to its lawyer: “abide by the law or challenge it.”
I believe that to them, abiding by the law means making a public statement clearly intended to criticize the law and giving the guns back. And The Bellingham Herald falls for it and puts it on the front page.
To me, complying with the law comes with two options — don’t transfer guns or get the background check. So if the museum wants the guns, get a simple written loan agreement specifying who will have control of the guns and get a background check on that person. But then again, this would give credence to the law and I believe they don’t want to do that.