Breaking: Washington State Senate Has Approved A Bill That Would Curb the Manufacturing, Selling, And Importing Of Assault Guns In The State

Credits: Ted S. Warren

The Washington state Senate has enacted legislation prohibiting the manufacturing, import, and the sale of assault weapons throughout the state.

On Saturday last week, after Democrats in the state Senate successfully pushed through H.B. 1240, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson stated in a press release:

“Both chambers of the Washington State Legislature have now approved a historic ban on the sale of assault weapons in Washington state.”

Ferguson added:

“The Senate today put public safety above the interest of the gun lobby. The devastation of mass shootings extends far beyond the casualties and injuries. Mass shootings traumatize entire communities. We must stop selling these weapons of war in Washington.”

The ban on assault weapons was approved by a vote of 27 to 21 in the Senate, and it will now return to the House after being revised in the Senate. 

The legislation will then be sent to the Democratic Governor of Washington, Jay Inslee, who is expected to pass it as well.

Shortly after the vote, Inslee praised the Democrats on Twitter, for approving the bill.

One of the Senate’s amendments allows gun manufacturers to sell pre-January 1, 2023 inventory to out-of-state purchasers for 90 days following the bill’s enactment.

With the signs on the bill, Washington will join nine other states in passing a similar bill.

According to a report by KNDO-TV, the legislation does not curb Washington state residents from owning assault weapons and provides peculiarities for law enforcement and those who inherited the firearms.

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