Washington and Nine Other States Team Up to Restrict Gun Magazine Size

Posted Apr 24th, 2022 in Washington and Nine Other States Team Up to Restrict Gun Magazine Size 

Washington and Nine Other States Team Up to Restrict Gun Magazine Size 

Magazines and bullets.

On the 23rd of March 2022, the Washington governor, Jake Inslee signed a bunch of bills to tighten gun laws in the state. One of the measures included in his bills revolves around banning the manufacturing, distribution and sale of guns with magazines that contain more than 10 rounds of ammunition. 

In the fight against firearms with a bigger magazine capacity, Washington is joined by nine other states including California and New Jersey. 

Inslee is a democrat who wants to eradicate gun violence, and to prevent it from becoming a part of everyday life in the state of Washington. In his recent initiative against oversized magazines, Inslee is receiving support from lawmakers, which is strengthening his stance. 

Before and after the bill was signed, the Capitol was closed to general public for some hours. According to one of the spokespersons of the Washington State Patrol, there was no specific threat, but they referred to the closure as a prudent precaution. 

Speaking of Washington’s new laws regarding bigger magazine, the law will be applicable from the first of July. However, the law doesn’t prohibit possession of such firearms. The law also contains exceptions for law enforcement agencies, Washington National Guards, military professionals and licensed firearms dealers. 

However, people that violate the new laws will be subject to 364 days in a county jail, and a fine of up to $5000. This measure was requested by Bob Ferguson, who happens to be a democratic attorney. Like other peace loving Americans, Bob has been compelled to push for such laws after a 30-round firearm was used at a party in Mukilteo, killing three youngsters, while seriously injuring another. 

Ferguson has said that this initiative is constitutional in every way, and his office is capable of handling any potential litigation. Inslee has also signed a measure that prevents people from bringing open or concealed firearms to ballot counting sites, or school and college campuses. The new law also prohibits firearms at the following sites. 

  • Local government meetings.
  • School board meetings. 
  • Election counting offices. 

While people with concealed firearms are allowed in these areas, open firearm are strictly prohibited. Any violation of this law would equate to 90 days in prison and a fine of almost $1000. Moreover, the person convicted will have his concealed firearm license for not less than three years. However, any criminal penalty will apply only to people that are knowingly in violation of the law. 

The Final Word

It is only a matter of time before this law is applied at an individual and institutional level. However, it is a possibility that the new rules will play a crucial role in preventing events of gun violence. If you are interested in knowing more about the rules and regulations surrounding firearms in the US and globally, feel free to visit our website today.