Last spring we reported on the “death” of SB-5078 that would ban the manufacture, possession, sale, transfer, etc., of magazines that “are capable of holding”, or hold more than, 17 rounds of ammunition (the substituted bill increased the restricted count from 10 to 17). This includes conversion kits or parts from which any such magazine may be assembled.
Well, unfortunately, this is Washington, and we know our Democrat majority loves to power-grab at our constitutional rights. No surprise that this bill is “alive and kicking” in the state Senate right now. So here we go again!
“These so-called “high capacity” magazines are, in fact, standard equipment for commonly-owned firearms that many Americans legally and effectively use for an entire range of legitimate purposes, such as self-defense or competition. For example, the Glock 19 was the most commonly purchased firearm of 2021 and has a standard-issue magazine that holds 15 rounds of ammunition. Those who own non-compliant magazines prior to the ban are only allowed to possess them on their own property and in other limited instances, such as at licensed shooting ranges or while hunting.” NRA-ILA
SB-5078 has a companion bill in the House – HB-1164: Addressing firearm safety measures to increase public safety. This bill was introduced in committee last week. You can send the same comment on this bill to your representatives. Provide comment: Washington State Legislature – Public Bill Comments
We will keep you posted on the progress of both bills.