Senate committee approves open carry ban at Capitol, rallies

Senate committee approves open carry ban at Capitol, rallies

Rick Bowmer FILE – A man carries his weapon during a second amendment gun rally at Utah State Capitol on Feb. 8, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Utah is one of several more states weighing proposals this year that would allow people to carry concealed guns without having to get a permit, a trend supporters say bolsters Second Amendment rights but is alarming to gun-control advocates. OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Senate committee on Thursday approved a measure that would ban the open carry of guns and other weapons on the Capitol campus and at or near any permitted public demonstration across Washington state. The measure passed the Senate Law and Justice committee on a 5-4 party line vote and now heads to the Senate Rules Committee, the last stop before it is up for a vote by the full Senate. The bill would prohibit people from carrying weapons, either on their person or in their vehicle, while attending a permitted demonstration at a public place or while being within 250 feet of a permitted demonstration. The initial bill had the ban expand to within 1,000 feet of a demonstration, but the bill’s sponsor, Democratic Sen. Patty Kuderer, offered an amendment before the vote that reduced the buffer zone. Under the amended language, protests that don’t have a permit are not covered by the ban. It also prohibits openly carried weapons in the state Capitol or on the Capitol’s grounds. Violation of the law would be a gross misdemeanor, […]

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