Today, the Senate voted 28-18 to pass House Bill 1143, to impose a waiting period and training mandate for acquiring firearms. It will now go to vehemently anti-gun Governor Jay Inslee’s desk, where he is expected to sign it into law. The Senate is expected to also hold a vote on House Bill 1240, to impose a gun ban exceeding what California has, very soon.
House Bill 1143 denies law-abiding citizens their Second Amendment right to acquire firearms unless they present proof of completion of official, sanctioned firearms training within the past five years, which they must complete at their own expense. It also imposes an arbitrary ten-day delay on prospective gun owners taking possession of their firearms and makes this delay longer or indefinite if the state fails to complete a background check during that time. The Department of Licensing will also maintain a database (registry) of gun owners and their personal data, despite the agency having previously suffered a data breach affecting 650,000 citizens, just last year.
Please stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates.