Lawmakers have passed a bill through the Democratic-controlled Washington state legislature, enacting a ban on dozens of semi-automatic rifles, becoming the 10th state in the United States to ban the sale of assault weapons .
The bill was given final approval on Wednesday in a 55-42 vote, with one excused, and is expected to be signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA).
“WA does not and will not accept gun violence as normal,” Inslee wrote on Twitter Wednesday. “Banning the sale of assault weapons, our bill to enact training requirements and a wait period, and the bill to improve accountability of manufacturers and retailers will save lives.”
House Bill 23-1240 would prohibit the sale, distribution, manufacture, and importation of about 60 types of assault weapons, including AR-15s, AK-74s, AK-47s, and comparable military-style rifles. Read more…