Magazine Capacity Ban Legislation Still Alive in Washington State
Back in January 2021, magazine capacity ban legislation was introduced in both the Washington State House and Senate. Despite both being stagnant for nearly a year, House Bill 1164 and Senate Bill 5078 look to be on the move in 2022. In fact, Senate Bill 5078 was pulled to the Senate floor this past Friday and could receive a vote at any time. Knowing this, gun rights advocates in The Evergreen State must stay vigilant and engaged.
Of note, these bills are not identical. While both bills do indeed intend to limit the prospective sale or transfer of "large-capacity" magazines in Washington, each bill has a different standard of what is deemed to be a "large-capacity" magazine. In House Bill 1164 a large-capacity magazine would be defined as a magazine capable of holding 10 rounds of ammunition or more. In Senate Bill 5078 a "large-capacity" magazine is a magazine capable of holding 17 rounds or more, but an amendment has been offered to decrease the bill's mag limit from 17 to 12 rounds.
To have your voice heard on this topic, please use FPC's constituent outreach tool located on this page to contact your specific state legislators today. We understand the political reality in Washington State, but if we make enough noise, we may be able to hold off these bills for another legislative session. FPC has drafted a sample email that you are encouraged to review, edit, and personalize prior to sending it off to your elected officials. We thank you in advance for taking action on this legislation. As always, FPC will continue to provide any additional updates on this and any other gun control legislation as it becomes available.