RIP to these Washington state legislative bills

RIP to these Washington state legislative bills

Gun Rights

Gun-rights supporters rally on the steps of the Washington Capitol, in Olympia, Wash., Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Several Republican lawmakers spoke at the rally decrying gun control measures being considered by the Legislature this year. (Rachel La Corte / Associated Press) Four weeks into the 2020 legislative session, it’s impossible to say what new laws will be created to address major issues like the environment, homelessness or taxes. It is possible to predict with some certainty some bills that won’t become law. Friday was the first of several deadlines known as cut-off dates, which a bill has to get past with a minimum level of approval to remain viable in the scramble to push legislation through the two chambers before the session ends March 12. Those that didn’t make it out of their first committee aren’t quite as dead as the Wicked Witch of the East under Dorothy’s house, but they’ll need some parliamentary magic to come off life support. Here are some of the casualties: It seems all but certain there will be no state ban on military-style semi-automatic rifles, or “assault weapons,” despite the calls from gun-control advocates. Several bills to do that were proposed, but none received committee approval. Proposals to limit the rounds in high-capacity magazines are still viable in both houses, having been approved by their initial committee, although the question of whether the limit would be set at 10 rounds or 15 remains a question. A training requirement for concealed pistol license applicants […]

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