Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has reportedly “resumed his ‘ghost gun’ legal duel with the Trump administration” over proposed new rules that will allegedly allow public access to files related to 3-D printing of gun components.
Ferguson, who endorsed an initiative two years ago to raise the age limit for the purchase of a so-called “semiautomatic assault weapon” and invented a definition for such a firearm—which Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said last year doesn’t really exist—that applies to every self-loading rifle ever manufactured.
Ferguson’s fixation on guns also applies to original capacity magazines for semi-auto rifles and pistols.
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According to MyNorthwest.com, this is Ferguson’s 55th legal action against the Trump administration. Some critics have suggested Ferguson’s activities against the Trump administration are a partisan use of state taxpayer money, and part of a larger effort by Democrats to throw as many distractions in the way of the president as possible. But there has been nothing to suggest Donald Trump has allowed any of these lawsuits, on a variety of subjects, impede him from fulfilling campaign promises, including bringing balance back to the federal courts.
Under Trump, the economy has improved, unemployment is down, the Stock Market is up, gun control has essentially been a non-starter and some 180 federal court vacancies have been filled with conservative judges and Supreme Court justices.
In renewing the legal action against so-called “3-D guns,” Ferguson went right to boilerplate rhetoric, questioning “Why is the Trump Administration working so hard to allow domestic abusers, felons and terrorists access to untraceable, undetectable 3-D printed guns?”
Another question seems absent from the discussion. Why would anyone rush out to buy a 3-D printer costing several thousand dollars to create a gun when it would be far easier to steal one or get one from someone else who had stolen it?
Over the years, the reliability of 3-D guns has been debated. Seven years ago, police in New South Wales, Australia built such plastic guns and when those guns were fired, they came apart.
Meanwhile, proponents and opponents of new gun control legislation in Washington State testified Monday and Tuesday during hearings about many of the proposed new laws. Bills to ban so-called “assault rifles” and “high capacity magazines,” along with a training mandate for a concealed pistol license have all been debated.
Washington has become a hotbed of gun control politics over the past few years.
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