Bill banning high-capacity magazines draws fire from Washington gun owners

Bill banning high-capacity magazines draws fire from Washington gun owners

Lynnwood gun shop owner Tiffany Teasdale poses for a photo with a semi-automatic rifle in Lynnwood, Washington. (The Center Square) — As guns fly off store shelves around the U.S., Washington state lawmakers are setting their sights on banning high-capacity magazines following a year of surging gun violence. The Gun Violence Archive , which counts mass shooting deaths, reported 578 mass shootings of four or more victims between Jan. 1 and Nov. 26 of 2020—or 28% more than the 417 mass shootings reported in 2019. KUOW reports that in Seattle alone, some 9,426 background checks for gun purchases were processed or 55% over the city’s annual average. Sponsored by Washington Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood, Senate Bill 5078 builds on efforts in the state legislature to slap stricter limits on ammunition sales. Gun control advocates say they could save lives in a mass shooting. “People served best by high-capacity magazines are mass shooters,” said Emily Cantrell, a survivor of the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting. “The Second Amendment allows us the right to bear arms, but freedoms and rights come with responsibilities. And the right to own a gun does not give you the right to all the ammunition in the world.” The bill bans high-capacity magazines capable of carrying more than 10 rounds of ammunition and includes fines up to $5,000 for violators. Those bought on or before the bill’s passage would be exempt along with any hand-me-downs a gun owner receives after its passage. In recent years, Washington […]

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