Washington State Bans Sale of Assault Weapons
The ban includes AR-15s
On Tuesday, Washington state banned sales of assault weapons, including the AR-15, which has been used in some of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States.
Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed into law House Bill 1240, which prohibits the “manufacture, importation, distribution, selling, and offering for sale of assault weapons” and lists dozens of specific firearms — the AR-15, AK-47, M16 and M4 among them. It also prohibits equipment that can turn weapons into assault-style firearms and any semiautomatic weapon shorter than 30 inches in length. The bill includes some exceptions for firearms intended for military or law enforcement uses.
"Assault weapons have no reason other than mass murder. Their only purpose is to kill humans as rapidly as possible in large numbers," Inslee said at the state capitol Tuesday. "AR-15s should not be idolized, they should be prohibited, and that’s what we’re doing here today."
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