The Washington State House recently approved an extensive assault weapons ban, targeting the sale and manufacture of AR-15, AK-47 rifles, and several other semi-automatic weapons. However, legal experts suggest the law may be overruled by courts, especially after the Supreme Court’s strict stance on gun restrictions in a previous ruling. The proposed bill is comprehensive, banning several gun types and specific models, along with firearms that come with multiple now-common accessories. The legislation does not explicitly ban possession, allowing existing owners to keep their weapons.
- Washington State’s proposed assault weapons ban covers a wide range of guns, including popular models like the AR-15, AK-47, and multiple accessories.
- The bill, backed by Governor Jay Inslee, prohibits the sale, manufacture, and import of the defined weapons but does not ban current owners from possessing them.
- Approximately nine states, including D.C., currently have assault weapon restrictions in place, with varying definitions and regulations.
- Legal experts foresee potential challenges in the bill’s enforcement due to the Supreme Court’s prior rulings that set rigorous standards for gun restrictions.
- The proposed legislation comes amid a national debate on gun regulations, reflecting the growing strength of the gun safety reform movement while also highlighting the expanding gun rights protected by the Supreme Court.