On Friday, March 7, Senate Bill 5956 passed in the Washington House of Representatives by a 95 to 3 vote. Sponsored by state Senators Brian Hatfield (D-19), Tim Sheldon (D-35) and John Braun (R-20), SB 5956 would make legal the possession, acquisition or transfer of a legally registered short-barreled rifle in the state of Washington. Since it passed unanimously in the Washington Senate on February 18, Senate Bill 5956 now goes to Governor Jay Inslee (D) and awaits his signature.
Special thanks to Senator Hatfield for sponsoring this pro-gun legislation, and to all state legislators who voted for SB 5956. Also, thank you to state Representative Brian Blake (D-19) for cosponsoring the House companion bill and the critical role he played in ushering SB 5956 through the state House.