Ferguson takes on semi-auto rifles, ghost guns and magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds…
State Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued his support for several gun control bills that would ban semi-automatic ghost guns (guns lacking serial numbers or made in 3D printers) and magazines that have a capacity of more than ten rounds.
Ferguson said, in relation to bi-chamber bills that would ban high-capacity magazines, that they make a shooter more deadly as shooters do not stop to reload, pointing to shootings in Newtown, Las Vegas, Aurora and Parkland. Magazines would be banned in the state if they had a capacity of higher than ten rounds. A similar measure is being considered in Oregon, but they limit magazine sizes to five rounds.
In Ferguson’s PDF releases of legislation he supports, he says that an average of 2.2 shots are fired during self-defense shootings, according to the NRA’s reports.
“The same reports show it is extremely rare for more than 10 shots to be fired during self-defense,” the release states.
Right now, the release said, Washington State does not place any limits on the capacity of magazines an individual can purchase. Individuals in Washington State can lawfully purchase 30-round, 60-round, and even 100-round magazines.
Gun rights advocates, while supporting the freedom to purchase accessories because of the second amendment, have stated they dislike the term high-capacity magazine as it can mean several different things as evident by the two bills in Oregon and Washington.
Gun rights advocates also state guns are needed for protection and ten or five rounds may not be enough in such a dire self-defense situation.
Another bill that Ferguson issued support of would be a ban on ghost guns which don’t have serial numbers or could be made from a 3D printer. Ferguson’s office made Washington a part of a bipartisan group of states trying to prevent a Texas man wanting to post gun schematics online.
Ferguson said that Washington State has adopted laws to prevent dangerous individuals from owning firearms, but convicted felons and other individuals prohibited from possessing a firearm can get around these laws by mail-ordering printable plastic “ghost guns” that are untraceable and undetectable.
He also showed support for a bill that would prohibit the sale of semi-automatic rifles, calling them assault weapons, and require secure storage for weapons grandfathered in.
“Assault weapons are semi-automatic rifles with at least one military-style feature making the weapons easier to fire more accurately and rapidly than a typical hunting rifle,” states a release of legislation supported by Ferguson. “Seven states have banned the sale of assault weapons, allowing reasonable exemptions for law enforcement, military members, and shooting ranges. Multiple federal courts have upheld these public safety bans as constitutional.”
Ferguson said that “assault weapons” are eleven times more likely to be used in a mass shooting than a handgun, is seven times more likely to kill a police officer while adding these rifles have a higher velocity than pistols. He added that only two percent of Americans own an assault rifle.
This comes after more than 60 percent of Washington approved I-1639, which raised the age to buy a semi-automatic rifle, required enhanced background checks and made it possible to charge gun owners with a crime if their weapon is stolen and they don’t report it.
These bills that Ferguson is supporting have counterparts in both the house and the senate and need a vote from committees in order to make it to the floor for a vote.