A museum in Washington state said Wednesday that it will remove borrowed World War II-era firearms from an exhibit to comply with a new state measure that requires background checks for all gun transfers, Reuters reports. The Lynden Pioneer Museum said it will return the 11 weapons to their owners to avoid running afoul of the law, which was approved by voters earlier this month and takes effect Dec. 4.
The museum in Lynden, Wash., about 100 miles north of Seattle, had been displaying 11 vintage guns in an exhibit called "Over the Beach: The WWII Pacific Theater" that also includes military equipment, letters, photographs, and other items collected from veterans. "The board decided 11 firearms are not worth the chance of getting the museum shut down," said Troy Luginbill, the museum's director. "We aren't trying to make a political statement."