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Washington State passes ‘assault weapons’ sales ban

AR-15. (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
April 20, 2023

Washington State will likely join nine other states in banning the sale of AR-15 rifles, as well as other “assault weapons,” after the state House passed an “assault weapons” sales ban by a vote of 56-42.

Gov. Jay Inslee praised the bill’s passage on Wednesday, tweeting, “WA does not and will not accept gun violence as normal.”

“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. #waleg,” he added.

The legislation defines “assault weapon” as “any of the following specific firearms regardless of which company produced and manufactured” the gun:

  • AK-74 in all forms
  • Algimec AGM-1 type semiautomatic
  • American Arms Spectre da semiautomatic carbine
  • AR15, M16, or M4 in all forms
  • AR 180 type semiautomatic
  • Argentine L.S.R. semiautomatic
  • Australian Automatic
  • Auto-Ordnance Thompson M1 and 1927 semiautomatics
  • Barrett .50 cal light semiautomatic
  • Barrett .50 cal M87
  • Barrett .50 cal M107A1
  • Barrett REC7
  • Beretta AR70/S70 type semiautomatic
  • Bushmaster Carbon 15
  • Bushmaster ACR
  • Bushmaster XM-15
  • Bushmaster MOE
  • Calico models M100 and M900
  • CETME Sporter
  • CIS SR 88 type semiautomatic
  • Colt CAR 15
  • Daewoo K-1
  • Daewoo K-2
  • Dragunov semiautomatic
  • Fabrique Nationale FAL in all forms
  • Fabrique Nationale F2000
  • Fabrique Nationale L1A1 Sporter
  • Fabrique Nationale M249S
  • Fabrique Nationale PS90
  • Fabrique Nationale SCAR
  • FAMAS .223 semiautomatic
  • Galil
  • Heckler & Koch G3 in all forms
  • Heckler & Koch HK-41/91
  • Heckler & Koch HK-43/93
  • Heckler & Koch HK94A2/3
  • Heckler & Koch MP-5 in all forms
  • Heckler & Koch PSG-1
  • Heckler & Koch SL8
  • Heckler & Koch UMP
  • Manchester Arms Commando MK-45
  • Manchester Arms MK-9
  • SAR-4800
  • SIG AMT SG510 in all forms
  • SIG SG550 in all forms
  • SKS
  • Spectre M4
  • Springfield Armory BM-59
  • Springfield Armory G3
  • Springfield Armory SAR-8
  • Springfield Armory SAR-48
  • Springfield Armory SAR-3
  • Springfield Armory M-21 sniper
  • Springfield Armory M1A
  • Smith & Wesson M&P 15
  • Sterling Mk 1
  • Sterling Mk 6/7
  • Steyr AUG
  • TNW M230
  • FAMAS F11
  • Uzi 9mm carbine/rifle

The bill bans the sale, manufacture and importation of the aforementioned “assault weapons.” Exceptions were included in the bill for law enforcement and military personnel.

Earlier this month, Inslee called the “assault weapons” ban a “momentous step forward for Washington state.”

“Time and again we’ve seen the carnage these weapons allow people to unleash on communities. Time and again we’ve watched the NRA and politicians defend, normalize and even celebrate these weapons. But now the time is here when the majority’s will prevails and we put the lives of our children first,” he added in a statement.

READ MORE: Ohio lawmakers pass ‘constitutional carry’ gun bill

In addition to banning “assault weapons,” lawmakers in Washington State also passed legislation imposing a 10-day waiting period on gun purchases and a firearms safety training requirement to buy a firearm.

While lawmakers in 10 states work to restrict Second Amendment rights, 26 other states have enacted “constitutional carry” laws, which allow Americans to carry concealed guns without a permit.

Nebraska is the latest state to pass constitutional carry legislation, which Gov. Jim Pillen has said he will sign into law.