Washington State Democrats Force Partisan ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban Through Senate

Washington House Bill 1240 as reported by Fox News 12

The Washington State Senate has passed House Bill 1240, which prohibits the manufacture, distribution, purchase, and sale of “assault weapons” within the state.

The bill received a 27-21 vote in favor on Saturday, mostly along party lines. Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson had called for the legislation, and Rep. Strom Peterson introduced it, with 25 other House Democrats co-sponsoring.

The bill now returns to the House chamber, its point of origin, for review of amendments, before moving on to Gov. Inslee’s desk for signature.

If signed, the bill’s emergency clause will command immediate activation of the law.

HB1240 comes just one day after lawmakers voted to approve a separate bill requiring a 10-day waiting period on all firearm purchases.

House Bill 1240

House Bill 1240 prohibits the “manufacture, importation, distribution, sale, or offer for sale of any assault weapon.”

Along with the ban, the legislation defines “assault weapons” ambiguously as:

semiautomatic rifles with an overall length of less than 30 inches; conversion kits and parts that can be used to assemble an assault weapon or convert a firearm into an assault weapon, if the parts are in the possession of or under the control of the same person; semiautomatic centerfire rifles that have the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and have one or more additional features listed in the bill; semiautomatic centerfire rifles with a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than ten rounds; semiautomatic pistols that have the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and have one or more additional features listed in the bill; semiautomatic shotguns that have one or more additional features listed in the bill.

Features such as folding or telescoping stocks, flash suppressors, muzzle brakes, and thumbhole stocks are also listed in the bill.

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However, the ban excludes sales to law enforcement and transfers for those who inherit such firearms. There are also no restrictions for those who currently own sporting weapons. The list of weapons named in the legislation includes:

  • AK-47 in all forms
  • AK-74 in all forms
  • Algimec AGM-1 type semiautomatic
  • American Arms Spectre da semiautomatic carbine
  • AR15, M16, or M4 in all forms
  • AR 180 type semiautomatic
  • Argentine L.S.R. semiautomatic
  • Australian Automatic
  • Auto-Ordnance Thompson M1 and 1927 semiautomatics
  • Barrett .50 cal light semiautomatic
  • Barrett .50 cal M87
  • Barrett .50 cal M107A1
  • Barrett REC7
  • Beretta AR70/S70 type semiautomatic
  • Bushmaster Carbon 15
  • Bushmaster ACR
  • Bushmaster XM-15
  • Bushmaster MOE
  • Calico models M100 and M900
  • CETME Sporter 4CIS SR 88 type semiautomatic
  • Colt CAR 15
  • Daewoo K-1
  • Daewoo K-2
  • Dragunov semiautomatic
  • Fabrique Nationale FAL in all forms
  • Fabrique Nationale F2000
  • Fabrique Nationale L1A1 Sporter
  • Fabrique Nationale M249S
  • Fabrique Nationale PS90
  • Fabrique Nationale SCAR
  • FAMAS .223 semiautomatic
  • Galil
  • Heckler & Koch G3 in all forms
  • Heckler & Koch HK-41/91
  • Heckler & Koch HK-43/93
  • Heckler & Koch HK94A2/3
  • Heckler & Koch MP-5 in all forms
  • Heckler & Koch PSG-1
  • Heckler & Koch SL8
  • Heckler & Koch UMP
  • Manchester Arms Commando MK-45
  • Manchester Arms MK-9
  • SAR-4800
  • SIG AMT SG510 in all forms
  • SIG SG550 in all forms
  • SKS Spectre M4
  • Springfield Armory BM-59
  • Springfield Armory G3
  • Springfield Armory SAR-8
  • Springfield Armory SAR-48
  • Springfield Armory SAR-3
  • Springfield Armory M-21 sniper
  • Springfield Armory M1A 7
  • Smith & Wesson M&P 15
  • Sterling Mk 1
  • Sterling Mk 6/7
  • Steyr AUG
  • TNW M230
  • FAMAS F11
  • Uzi 9mm carbine/rifle

Additionally, House Bill 1240 only allows 90 days for firearm dealers and manufacturers to sell or transfer their existing stock out of the state.

Furthermore, the bill stipulates that violations will be considered a misdemeanor offense, which could result in a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail and a fine of $5,000.

WA Republican Response to House Bill 1240

Sen. Ron Muzzall told the Senate that 37 bills have been passed by state lawmakers to reduce gun violence since 2015. Of those, none have prevented gun violence or crime. Continuing, he explained that those laws haven’t been working and that crime in Washington isn’t just about firearms, it’s also about drugs and unsafe drivers.

In regard to House Bill 1240, Muzzall said, “The one thing that I see that lacks in this legislation today is bipartisanship to solve the problem. Why? Because we’re focusing on some firearms that we consider to be scary.”

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More than 20 amendments to the bill were introduced, all but one being from Republicans. Some edits were approved such as Sen. Keith Wagoner’s consideration for retired and active-duty military members moving into the state.

Other amendments, like Sen. McCune’s attempt to remove the emergency clause, were not as successful.

Sporting Rifles Across the Nation

Given recent events, gun enthusiasts and defenders of the Second Amendment across the country are closely monitoring the ongoing assault on our rights. This latest move by Democrats in Washington State should not be dismissed lightly, as House Bill 1240 has significant implications for not just residents of the state, but for all Americans regardless of their location.

Furthermore, this bill fails to consider the impact on Washington residents who have made their livelihoods based on the belief that the Second Amendment is an enduring right. What options do companies like Aero Precision and Rainier Arms have when they are given only three months to relocate or shut down?

Therefore, it is essential to remind our representatives of their responsibility to uphold the Constitution. Ultimately, no one is going to be more invested in protecting our rights than we are.


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  • Hondo April 26, 2023, 5:36 am

    The “ democrat party” is the enemy of a free state and the enemy of a free people. Our country will be lost if these lunatics aren’t checked.

  • David. Purtell April 20, 2023, 6:33 pm

    Bunch. Of. Communist
    In less then twenty years this country. Will be RUN. BY. SOCIALIST /DEMOCRATS

  • Chuxter April 17, 2023, 9:56 am

    Tyrone, Julio, Markie Meth-Mouth and Radical Randy are all ecstatic over the news, while Caracas-by-the-Duwamish (aka Seattle) is getting ever more tyrannical. How long before there’s a ‘Greater Idaho’ movement in eastern WA State?

    When liberal cities and States finally collapse under the weight of their own incompetence and corruption, and Cafe Communist, liberal pie-in-the-sky plans go to pieces as they always do, a new Reconstruction period will have to take place in the US, like after the Civil War. Things will be rebuilt again…but not for certain people who made it necessary.

  • Wes April 17, 2023, 6:02 am

    I assume that Aero Precision and any other firearms manufacturing will be moving out of the state of Washington.

  • Scott April 16, 2023, 10:16 am

    Until Eastern Washington decides to get real about joining the Super Idaho movement, the liberals of four western counties will continue to force these communistic, anti-civil liberties down the throats of its citizens. Despite the fact that none of these new laws will stand, the effort, time, money, and disruption they cause to the lives of those who own guns is incredibly bothersome. Most eastern Washington county sheriffs have already declared their jurisdiction will not comply with anti-constitutional laws, but this still leaves state law enforcement officers such as the State Patrol, Lottery Enforcement Officers, Game Wardens, and other similar state government law officers who can make individual’s life miserable because they can coordinate their meager resources to overwhelm a single person on their own. This is where the west’s tradition of organizing a posse for the protection of the community needs to be revived.

  • Paul April 14, 2023, 9:54 pm

    Being a former resident of Washington state, I am very fortunate to move to a 2nd Amendment. As with all Democrat bills and policies regarding firearms, never have I seen as much effort or money spent towards addressing mental illness. And as stated by Sen. Ron Muzzall, Liberals continue to ignore and misrepresent crime statics, firearm violence.

  • Bumper April 14, 2023, 4:47 pm

    What are the definitions of crazy and stupid? demoRATS!
    They vote this way for election funds from groups not founded on one molecule of logic but rather largely emotion and “feeelings”. Following party orders, they are voting in lock-step. They are aware of lie dispelling statistics and the ultimate threats to Freedom they wield yet they dangerously play the “ban” game. commiefornia, a truly lost state.

  • D.J. April 14, 2023, 12:48 pm

    There is a reason some call it the
    “ Left Coast “ .

  • AK April 14, 2023, 11:52 am

    Eastern WA needs to declare independence from the contaminated coast. Nullification is in the air all over America…

  • LJ April 14, 2023, 11:19 am

    Wow – I’m surprised the Republic Of Kalifornistan didn’t pass this before Washington!

    • Shanz April 15, 2023, 9:36 pm

      They did. All AR 15 style rifles have been banned for years now.

  • Charlie P April 14, 2023, 10:29 am

    I used to live in Washington State when it was a free and democratic state. It was the perfect setting: law abiding citizens openly carrying their hunting rifles in their trucks, a pro-gun population, and the most beautiful geography in the nation.

    It has now become another socialist/communist state, as the whole Pacific Coast is. I’m so glad I tailed it outa there in time!


    • AK April 14, 2023, 11:53 am

      Oh, you can keep your hon-teening rifle (said in a bad Dianne FineSwine accent).

      • AK April 14, 2023, 11:54 am

        …until we ban hon-teeng too…..

  • Carl Childers April 14, 2023, 10:14 am

    “Shall Not Be Infringed”
    We settled this in 1791.
    Completely unconstitutional.
    The fact that it’s the DNC that organizes these shootings just to take away your Constitutional rights and your God given rights.

    • Clint W. April 14, 2023, 5:03 pm

      “The fact that it’s the DNC that organizes these shootings…” Actually, there is an 24 year old movie along this line of thought, ‘Arlington Road’. What seem like ordinary non confrontational folks, go off the deep end and kill and blow up stuff, all being programmed by the agents to do so.

  • Jake April 14, 2023, 9:32 am

    “AK47 in all forms.” OK. The AK47 is a milled steel receiver selective fire rifle, also known as the Third Model Kalashnikov. AK47’s. have not been made since the early 1950’s and were never available to US citizens with rare exceptions requiring federal approval, tax and registration.
    Does this mean all the various stamped sheet metal receiver semi-auto AKM’s are still legal?

  • thomas anteau April 14, 2023, 7:43 am

    Lawmakers that take a oath to uphold the Constitution and don’t should be removed. Shall not be infringed.They will get sued and the Supreme Court will reverse it.It’s the game Dems play,they knoww that will take 6 months

  • Fred burnett April 14, 2023, 7:16 am

    A bunch of stupid democrat law maker going against the constitution

  • Let's go Brandon, FJB April 14, 2023, 7:02 am


  • Chris April 14, 2023, 6:52 am

    Looks like, as usual, these law making sum b*#ches, don’t know enough about any firearm to make an accurate “law” they use google to search parts, names, etc and still get it wrong. To hell in a hand basket we go, delivered by the elected officials.

  • Chuck Matson April 14, 2023, 5:56 am

    “F” all democrats/communists disarming Americans.

  • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment April 11, 2023, 9:30 am

    Assault weapons means more than msr’s, dont let the list fool you…..there are so many stipulations and subjective rules that any gun is illegal! A win for the criminals and terrorists for sure!!!

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