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PA Bill Number: HB283

Title: In the Secretary of the Commonwealth, providing for public meetings on proposed ballot questions.

Description: In the Secretary of the Commonwealth, providing for public meetings on proposed ballot questions. ...

Last Action: Re-committed to RULES

Last Action Date: Sep 22, 2023

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Washington House Passes 'High Capacity' Magazine Ban, Bill Goes To Governor's Desk :: 03/05/2022

Late last night, the Washington State House passed a “high capacity” magazineban bill. As reports, “SB 5078 prohibits the sale of gun magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds, along with the manufacturing, distribution, possession, import or purchase of high-capacity magazines in Washington state.”

The high capacity magazine ban has been proposed in the state legislature several times but failed to pass the Senate. The bill was re-introduced at the request of Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who first introduced the bill in 2016.

Ferguson released a statement on Twitter Friday night, saying “Today is the fulfillment of years of hard work from so many. More than five years ago, I stood with the parents of shooting victims, legislators, mayors, police chiefs and representatives from faith communities to say enough is enough and proposed banning the sale of high capacity magazines in Washington state.”

What a legislative achievement.

Just as in other jurisdictions that have enacted artificial limits on magazinecapacity, Washington’s new law will have no impact whatsoever on “gunviolence” in the state. It will, however, give hacks like Inslee and Ferguson a prime photo op at the bill signing ceremony which, let’s face it, is really the whole point of this meaningless exercise.

Don’t forget that Washington gun owners who don’t want to burn $5-a-gallon gas and drive outside the state to procure their standard capacity magazines have other options available to them now. You can turn out an awful lot of magazines with a $279 printer and a spool of Zytel.