Legislature Approves Limits on Sale of Bulk Magazines | National government and new policies

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state legislature has approved a ban on the manufacture, distribution and sale of firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

The Seattle Times reported that the measure passed by a 55-42 vote in the House held by Democrats on Friday night. The bill — which passed the state Senate last month — now heads to Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature.

The measure limits magazines for rifles holding 20 or 30 rounds and for a multitude of pistols holding more than 10 rounds. It does not prohibit the possession of such magazines.

The legislation – requested by Attorney General Bob Ferguson – includes exceptions to magazine limits for law enforcement and correctional officers, members of the armed forces, the Washington National Guard and licensed firearms dealers who sell to these institutions.

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Violations would be a felony, which in Washington is punishable by up to 364 days in county jail, a maximum fine of $5,000, or both.

The legislation also makes selling or offering to distribute or sell a prohibited magazine a violation of Washington’s consumer protection law. This law allows the Attorney General’s office to take action in the event of an alleged violation of the law to obtain restitution and civil penalties.

In a House speech, Democratic Rep. Liz Berry recounted the 2011 mass shooting at an event hosted by then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat from Arizona, for whom Berry worked at the era. Six people died in that attack and 13 others, including Giffords, who was shot in the head, were injured.

“Gun violence is preventable, this bill will save lives,” Berry said.

Friday’s House vote went sideways, with nearly all Democrats voting in favour. Republicans voted against and, in a protest, forced Democrats to spend hours debating possible amendments to the legislation.

“It is clear that the bill before us now violates the right of every citizen to bear arms,” Republican Rep. Jesse Young said during the debate.

In a statement released after the vote, Ferguson said Washington would join nine states that already restrict high-capacity magazines in one form or another.

Ferguson’s office noted that the Washington measure is like a Maryland measure because it focuses on supply and does not prohibit possession of high-capacity magazines.

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