New weapon laws


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Hans Bruun, reporter

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A bill that would require a ten-day waiting period before purchasing firearms has been approved by House Democrats in Washington.
The Olympian reports that dealers in firearms cannot sell or transfer firearms until ten days have passed since the start of a background check.
Customers would also have to show proof that they have completed a firearms safety training program within the last five years.
In accordance with Gov. Jay Inslee’s office, Rep. Liz Berry of Seattle supports the action. On Tuesday, it was approved by a vote of 52 to 44, and the Senate will now consider it .

Several Republicans spoke against the legislation before the vote

“This bill will impair your right to keep and bear a firearm,” said Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen. “That’s an irreconcilable problem.”

In order to put into effect the semiautomatic rifle waiting period, Washington voters approved Initiative 1639 in 2018. It established the waiting period and mandated enhanced background checks for purchasers of semiautomatic weapons. Additionally, the law prohibited the purchase of semiautomatic assault rifles by minors.
Berry’s legislation would take effect on July 1, 2024, if it were approved by the Legislature and signed by Inslee.