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WA Democrat lawmakers pass magazine ban tempting gun owner wrath

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Washington lawmakers have passed a bill banning the future sale of so-called “large capacity magazines.”

The question which may keep political pundits wondering until this fall is whether Washington state Democrats dug themselves into a nasty hole by passing a gun control bill banning the future sale or manufacture of ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds.

Thousands of Evergreen State gun owners placed calls and sent messages to their state legislators opposing Senate Bill 5078, but Democrats ignored their wishes and voted almost entirely along party lines to pass the measure. The final vote tally was 55-41, with two Democrats crossing the aisle to vote with Republicans.

Under the bill, which anti-gun Gov. Jay Inslee will likely sign, those who already own full capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds will be able to keep them.

However, there are concerns that anti-gun Democrats will come back in the next session to adopt an outright ban. A similar ban in California is now on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

There is no way to even estimate the number of such magazines currently in private hands in the state, which leads to the most important question: How does the Legislature expect this to be enforced?

Violations of the law would be a gross misdemeanor, carrying a maximum sentence of 364 days in jail and a fine of $5,000.

The legislation was requested by Democrat Attorney General Bob Ferguson and introduced by Democrat State Sen. Marko Liias of Everett.

Dan Mitchell, owner of Sporting Systems in Vancouver, said “State Democrats failed to hear the combined voices of 15,000 citizens that signed into a hearing, opposing this bill. Those voices will echo into November.”

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