As we alerted earlier today, anti-gun legislators were planning to amend House Bill 1387 into something that would help them garner more support. Now, the substitute legislation they plan on replacing House Bill 1387 with is available. Your NRA-ILA remains staunchly opposed to this anti-gun legislation and needs your help to stop it! Please contact members of the House Judiciary Committee and continue urging them to OPPOSE House Bill 1387 and its proposed Substitute Bill.
The proposed Substitute for House Bill 1387 is a stepping stone to a larger prohibition. As drafted, anyone under the age of 21 would be virtually unable to possess the most popular and commonly owned semi-automatic rifles today. This legislation attempts to brand these firearms as “assault weapons” to drum up unnecessary fear of their ownership. The proposed substitute would treat these so-called "assault weapons" like handguns under state law, which requires a waiting period of 10 days or until all federal and state background checks have been completed. Individuals would be required to complete the same purchase application as handguns, which includes: full name, residential address, date and place of birth, race, and gender; the date and hour of the application; the applicant's driver's license number or state identification card number; a description of the firearm including the make, model, caliber and manufacturer's number.
In reality, these firearms are only being defined by aesthetic features that in no way effect the functionality of the rifle. Law-abiding Washingtonians should not be prohibited from possessing these popular firearms just because anti-gun legislators want to enact at least some part of their political agenda this year. Further, this legislation would have absolutely zero impact on crime.
NRA members and Second Amendment supporters are encouraged to continue contacting members of the House Judiciary Committee and urging them to oppose House Bill 1387 and this proposed Substitute Bill. You can also call 1-800-562-6000 to contact your state legislators in opposition to these gun control bills.