Washington State Arms Control Act bans high-capacity ammunition magazines from July 1

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The sale of high-capacity ammunition cartridges with more than 10 rounds will be banned in Washington from July 1, Everett Herald reported.

The publication added that their import, production and distribution will also be banned.

Back to Marchsigned by far-left Democrat Gov. Insley Senate Bill 5078which “prohibits the manufacture, possession, distribution, import, sale, offering for sale, purchase or transfer of high-capacity cartridges capable of storing more than 17 cartridges, unless the possession falls under one of these exceptions, including previous possession.”

“A person may not produce, own, distribute, import, transfer, sell, offer for sale, purchase or otherwise transfer a high-capacity magazine unless specifically permitted,” the new law said.

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The ban does not apply to the following:

  • any person who legally owned the magazine with a large capacity before the date of entry into force of this law;
  • any person who inherits the magazine with a large capacity at the death of the former owner who legally owned it;
  • any civil servant, agent, servant or contractor employed to provide firearms training to law enforcement authorities, if authorized in connection with official duties;
  • a licensed manufacturer of firearms for the purpose of selling to any branch of the armed forces or to a law enforcement agency;
  • a trader duly licensed for sale to any branch of the armed forces or to a law enforcement authority;
  • a trader duly licensed to acquire a high-capacity filler from a person legally authorized to hold it for the purpose of selling or transferring a high-capacity filler to a person not resident in that State;
  • a federally licensed gunsmith for maintenance or repair purposes;
  • law enforcement officials or correctors in the line of duty;
  • law enforcement officers retired from service or due to physical disabilities;
  • members of the United States Armed Forces or the State of Washington, or the National Guard or the Military Reserve, if authorized in the course of their official duties;
  • any person legally engaged in shooting in a licensed shooting range;
  • and any person with a view to its final disposal by law enforcement authorities, which must be destroyed.

The law will enter into force on July 1. The violation is a gross violation, which means that violators will be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for a maximum of 364 days or a fine of not more than $ 5,000.

“Washington residents can continue to buy larger magazines until the law goes into effect. All those owned as of July 1 are not affected by the law, ” AP reported that “the Second Amendment Foundation and other arms protection organizations filed a federal lawsuit this month, claiming the new law violates constitutional protections under the Second and Fourteenth Amendments. They tried to block the law by order, but no hearing was scheduled until Friday. “

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