WA Voters Approving Gun Legislation
As of 10:00 am
OLYMPIA, WA – One of the controversial initiatives on the Washington ballot that is passing is Initiative 1639 regarding firearms. It gives definition to the term “semiautomatic assault rifle”, defining it as “any rifle which utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing cartridge to extract the fired cartridge case and chamber the next round, and which requires a separate pull of the trigger to fire each cartridge.”
It also mandates proof of having completed a recognized firearm safety course in the last 5 years. It makes it illegal for anyone under 21 years of age to buy a pistol or semiautomatic assault rifle.
It adds an extra $25 fee to pay for administration of the new law. A new required warning to accompany firearms will have to read “CAUTION: The presence of a firearm in the home has been associated with an increased risk of suicide, death during domestic violence incidents, and unintentional deaths to children and others.”
It also makes it a crime if someone uses your firearm, with or without your permission to possess it, in a crime. Police chiefs and sheriffs will also be required “to take steps to ensure that persons legally ineligible to possess firearms are not illegally in possession of firearms.”
The initiative is currently passing by a 39% margin. 57% of voters in Asotin County opposed the passage.