NRA Files Lawsuit In Washington Attacking New Gun Bans

NRA Files Lawsuit In Washington Attacking New Gun Bans

( – A lawsuit filed by the NRA on Tuesday, April 25, in Washington state claims the semi-automatic firearms ban, signed into law by Democratic Governor Jay Inslee, is unconstitutional.

Three gun control bills signed by Gov. Inslee included House Bill 1240 (HB 1240), which became effective immediately. HB 1240 bans the sale, distribution, importation, and manufacture of 50 types of semi-automatic rifles that, include AK-47s and AR-15s among them.

Senate Bill 5078 (SB 5078), the second bill signed into Washington State law by Governor Inslee, gives both private parties and the state attorney general the ability to sue gun manufacturers for damages when criminals misuse firearms.

House Bill 1143 (HB 1143) is the third bill Inslee signed to take effect Tuesday. It requires safety training and a ten-day waiting period for customers purchasing guns.

Governor Inslee and Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson pushed for the passage of the bills and took great pride in leading the country in gun restrictions. “I’m not sure any state has ever taken three steps in one day,” Inslee said before signing the bill into law.

“These are three victories, not one, and it is clear… we need to take this action. These weapons of war… have no reason other than mass murder. Their only purpose is to kill… as rapidly as possible in large numbers,” Inslee claimed.

Inventory stocked before January 1, 2023, by gun manufacturers will continue to be allowed for sale to out-of-state buyers for a period of 90 days.

Northwest Regional Director for the NRA-ILA, the NRA’s lobbying arm, Aoibheann Cline, calls the bill outrageous and says the “people of Washington state deserve better,” and “instead of arresting, prosecuting and punishing criminals,” Governor Inslee is instead “focusing on restricting the rights of law-abiding Americans.”

Washington is the 10th U.S. state that now bans semi-automatic rifles. Among others, Illinois and Oregon have imposed similar laws restricting firearms access in their respective states. The NRA also is challenging those measures in the courts.

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