MyNorthwest: Gov. Inslee, AG and Democrats Seek Assault Weapons Ban, Magazine Ban, and Ammo Control

On December 12, 2019, Washington state senate Democrats and others, including Governor Inslee and AG Ferguson proposed three bills, constituting a new “assault weapons” ban, a standard capacity magazine ban, and restrictions on ammunition sales. They claim that all of these bans are for safety purposes, though no previous such bans in any country have been shown to increase safety.

From MyNorthwest:

…Senator Patty Kuderer and Rep. Strom Petersen, both Democrats, will sponsor companion bills in the House and Senate proposing the assault weapons ban.

Assault weapons would be defined as semi-automatic weapons that contain at least one military-style feature, similar to other states with those laws that have survived court challenges…

The proposed ammunition legislation will include:

• Prohibits violent felons and other individuals who cannot lawfully obtain firearms from purchasing or possessing ammunition
• Makes it illegal for firearms dealers to knowingly sell ammunition to violent felons and other individuals prohibited from owning firearms
• Prohibits dealers from knowingly selling ammunition to violent offenders and other individuals prohibited from owning firearms
• Requires ammunition sellers to obtain a state firearms license, which costs $125. This change will not impact current firearms dealers
• Requires background checks for all ammunition sales 30 days after the U.S. Department of Justice changes its rules and authorizes dealers to use the national instant criminal background check system, known as NICS, to initiate a check for a transfer of ammunition

Ferguson is also proposing new requirements for ammunition sales, including background checks.

Related:

Change.org : Impeachment of AG Bob Ferguson and Governor Jay Inslee

KEPR TV: Petition to impeach Gov. Inslee, AG Ferguson has thousands of signatures

Liberty Park Press: Fury Over Gun Control Proposals by WA Attorney General

Benton Bans New Pot Producers and Processors; TC Herald Urges Ouster of Commissioner Small

In a 2-1 vote on May 1, 2018, the Benton County Commissioners voted to ban new production and processing of marijuana. See Tri-City Herald story here. Commissioners Small and Beaver voted in favor of the ban, while commissioner Devlin voted against it. The Tri-City Herald points out that unseating the commissioners who voted in favor of the ban is one way of reversing the outcome.

Referendums aren’t the only ballot box outlet.

Commissioner Shon Small’s commission seat is up for re-election this year and filing week begins on May 14. Mercer said marijuana supporters hope to run a challenger for the post that pays $107,000 a year. No one has yet announced plans to challenge Small.

The vote also reportedly gives Sheriff Hatcher more authority to enforce rules.