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Washington: Anti-Gun Bill May be Amended

Friday, March 2, 2018

Washington: Anti-Gun Bill May be Amended

Your NRA-ILA has learned that anti-gun legislators may attempt to amend Substitute Senate Bill 6620 on the floor in order to make it seem a little less outrageous while still containing significant infringements.  Any legislation that removes a constitutional right from a segment of law-abiding adults remains an affront to the Second Amendment and your NRA will continue to oppose them.  Please contact your state Senator and urge them to reject any version of SSB 6620 that removes rights from law-abiding adults in Washington.  Click the “Take Action” button below and also call 1-800-562-6000 to contact your state Senator.

Substitute Senate Bill 6620, sponsored by Senator David Frockt (D-46), would prohibit the purchase and transfer of all semi-automatic rifles to adults under the age of 21.  Federal law already prohibits adults under 21 from purchasing a handgun from a licensed firearm dealer.  Legislative proposals to prevent law-abiding adults aged 18-20 years old from acquiring semi-automatic rifles would deny them access to the most modern and effective rifles for self-defense, thus depriving them of their constitutional rights.  

Substitute SB 6620 would also establish what amounts to a 10-day waiting period for transfers of these firearms by requiring that they go through the state background check like handguns rather than the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) that is currently used for all long gun transactions.  While federal law allows for such transactions to be completed if three days have elapsed from the time of the "delayed" response, the state check requires a wait of ten days in such a scenario.

Again, please contact your state Senator and urge them to reject any version of Substitute Senate Bill 6620 that removes rights from law-abiding adults in Washington.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.