Washington governor signs even more gun laws

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On Tuesday, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, signed five anti-gun bills into law that were passed by the Democrats in the Washington State Legislature, further eroding constitutional protections. The bills include:

House Bill 1903 makes gun owners the victims. If they don’t report a theft of a gun or that a gun is missing within 24 hours, they can be fined $1,000.

House Bill 2021 expands destruction requirements of firearms purchased by the state or local governments during gun buyback events.

House Bill 2118, adds financial burdens to Washington-based federal firearms license holder businesses and will put many out of business. A FFL that does more than $1,000 of sales per year must run annual background checks on all of their employees, as well as carry $1 million liability insurance, and must install steel doors or bars at the business where firearms are sold. There are also extensive requirements for other 24-hour security systems.

Senate Bill 5444, expands the meaning of “sensitive places” where citizens may no longer open carry a firearm. They include all public transportation areas, libraries, and zoos or aquariums. The NRA points out that there’s nothing in the bill that requires these “sensitive places” have any measures to protect citizens from becoming sitting ducks for those who would enter to commit a violent crime. The law applies toped cary only; concealed pistol license holders may have their firearms in these locations.

Senate Bill 5985 codifies the unconstitutional provisions of Washington’s recent ban on commonly owned firearms into the section of state code on background checks. Some of the definitions pertain to antique firearms and others to “assault” firearms.

These bills add to those already signed into law by Inslee during 2023, including HB 1240, which banned the manufacture, purchase, or sale of “assault weapons” including the AK 47 military rifle; HB 1443, which required a 10-day waiting period and safety training for all new purchases of firearms as of Jan. 1, 2024; and SB 5708, which outlined the types of people who should not have guns and made firearm manufacturers and dealers liable for selling certain people guns.

In 2022, Inslee signed three firearm bills – HB 1705 banned the possession, purchase or sale of so-called “ghost guns;” HB 1630 banned open carry of firearms in places like elections offices or government buildings where local elected or school boards meet; and SB 5078 banned the sale of high capacity firearm magazines.

In 2021, Inslee signed SB 5038, prohibiting the open carry of firearms at the state Capitol and at permitted demonstrations.

In 2019, he signed nearly a dozen bills relating to firearms.

28 COMMENTS

  1. Seems the left has decided the 2nd Amendment doesn’t exist in Washington.

    If this stands, it will spread like wildfire across 1/3 of the nation.

  2. 29 States or over half the nation is permit less carry or Constitutional Carry. The entire nation should be this since you are guaranteed the right to Keep and Bear Arms under the United States Constitution.

  3. In other news, Former Sen. Joe Lieberman has assumed room temperature. The “no Labels” party is in trouble.r elated to this topic in that he was rabidly anti-gun

  4. Following the anti-gun mentality of Washington State, I was concerned as a Conceal Carry patron, having to trans the state to arrive at a out of Washington destination, began investigating the restrictions on a non-resident’s ability to be legal. Reciprocity exist but has some restrictions, such as the Utah license I had which in deed was accepted by the state of Washington served, however Utah made a change to the age of consent and Washington retracted reciprocity. Hence, how to overcome, I found and I urge any who wish, all one had to do was contact a local sheriff office and make an out of state request for a license. The sheriff offices are more than willing to make the application easy and relative fast, (less than 14 days in my case). So, on your next trip, call ahead to a specific sheriff’s office and make an appointment to proceed. Cheers.

  5. “Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment right is not unlimited…. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.”

    Justice Antonin Scalia
    DC v Heller

    • I disagree.

      And that quote is quite beside the point, that being that you marxist radical leftist extremists HATE the very concept of self-defense, and HATE the very concept of personal autonomy, and HATE the very concept of self-determination. Your every insidious policy reeks of the concentration camp and the slaughter house.

    • And?
      You surely realize that particular quote is the most misrepresented statement from the entire ruling.
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      Taken by itself, it looks like Scalia is pushing for restrictive gun control, but taken as part of the entire ruling, you will realize it is actually the opposite. What that statement does is place the burden on the State to determine if the weapon in question is not covered under the plain text of the 2nd Amendment. If you actually look into the Bruen decision, you will see that this particular statement is expanded on significantly.
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      So, instead of just repeating trite talking points that have been discussed and placed into the trash bin (appropriately) how about coming up with something new, OK?

    • Hanzi, as RFK Jr says, we’ve always had tons of guns in this country and historically very little gun crime. What has Changed? It’s not the guns is it Hans, it must be something else that’s changed… perhaps medications foisted upon our youth by big Pharma and a culture that celebrates violence? Ya’ think?

      Meanwhile, all gun control does is disarm the citizen and make he or she a victim. I think we can do better Hans.

      • I wonder if it is the unlimited migration of the criminals and undesirables from third world sh**holes?

    • Hans:
      Upon further reflection, I am actually surprised and glad that you did not trot out the same old “militia” argument that has been discussed and discarded so many times in the past.

    • I am reading the Heller decision right now. Interesting how you did not include the full quote.
      Here, let me help:
      “2.
      Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues. The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. Miller’s holding that the sorts of weapons protected are those “in common use at the time” finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons. Pp. 54–56.”
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      Wow, quite a different message, wouldn’t you say?
      Also, it is important to note the above is from the Syllabus, not the actual opinion. While it is in line with the opinion of the court, it does not restrict or alter the opinion.

  6. As a former longtime resident of Washington State (having been born there), I still have a lot of friends and relatives there. I can assure you that there are many people who do not agree with Governor Inslee and his kooky agenda, but they are outvoted by liberal cesspools like Seattle and its environs. Perhaps one day the vision of split states will be realized, and allow the people of Eastern Washington, Eastern Oregon, parts of Western Washington, and parts of California, to live in states that respect their rights and values.

  7. They can write all the US Conflicting words they want. Settled Law (Marbury v Madison) says that anything in conflict with the US Constitution is repugnant and void for effect (can never take effect) from inception. Some people still like to attempt migration away from the US Constitution but it still stands. Also, weapons rights come in part from the Jamestown Charter which still stands in effect. Kings come and go but rights don’t die.

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