The purchase of semiautomatic firearms in large quantities is prohibited by one of Washington’s three new gun restrictions.
On Tuesday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed three gun control bills into law, prompting jubilation at the state Capitol. The sale, purchase, or import of an assault weapon shall be prohibited 10 days after one of the bans is enacted.
After signing the measure, the governor urged his supporters to “party safely tonight.”
Democratic Party leaders including as Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson are pushing legislation to make it more difficult to purchase and own weapons.
If signed into law, Washington State would join nine other states in prohibiting so-called “assault weapons.”
Outside a press conference with victims’ families, reporters questioned Inslee, and he responded, “No one needs an AR-15 to protect your family.” A more accurate rendition may be, “You only need it to kill other people’s families.”
The legislature passed a law at the close of the last session that requires a 10-day waiting period and required safety training for handgun purchases. A law was also passed requiring the guns business to take “reasonable steps” to ensure their goods don’t end up in the hands of “dangerous individuals.”
On January 1, 2024, the regulation that mandates probationary periods and safety training will go into force.
When asked for clarification, Inslee said, “We lead the country in so many ways, and this is one of them.” From what I have been able to gather, no nation has ever made three discoveries in one day.
Though Inslee and his supporters have welcomed the improvements, the governor maintains that more must be done to curb gun violence.
A speaker said, “We know we need to keep working on this on a national level.”
Ferguson thinks it’s high time to put an end to the sale of assault rifles. Seven years ago, he intended to put an end to the murder investigation into a Mukilteo house party.
A legal challenge to the assault weapons ban was made public on Tuesday, almost simultaneously with the law’s signing. In U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) has filed a lawsuit contending that a ban on all semiautomatic guns is unconstitutional.
Alan M. Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), said in a statement, “The state has put politics ahead of constitutional rights and is punishing law-abiding citizens while this legislation does nothing to arrest and prosecute criminals who misuse firearms in defiance of all existing gun control laws.” That’s really ridiculous!
The National Rifle Association has spoken out against at least two of these proposals. For this reason, it will also be challenging similar restrictions in the courts of California, Delaware, and Illinois.
To protect the funds, Ferguson has promised to take legal action.
After some prodding he finally gave in, saying, “We’re a country with laws, and they have the right to question that.” So far, we’ve put up a great fight against the NRA and the Second Amendment Foundation. We should continue to win for the foreseeable future.