Today, March 1st, the Washington state Senate Ways & Means Committee voted to pass Substitute Senate Bill 6620. Sub. SB 6620 includes provisions that would prohibit the purchase and transfer of all semi-automatic rifles to adults under 21, and would also establish up to a 10 day waiting period. This would even include semi-automatic rifles such as the .22 Long Rifle caliber rimfires that countless Americans have owned in the exercise of their Second Amendment rights. With only one week left of the legislative session, anti-gun legislators are attempting to rush through this legislation and it could receive a Senate floor vote as early as today. Please contact your state Senator and urge them to strongly OPPOSE all anti-gun provisions in Substitute Senate Bill 6620! Click the “Take Action” button below to contact your Senator.
Substitute Senate Bill 6620, sponsored by Senator David Frockt (D-46), would prohibit the purchase and transfer of all semi-automatic rifles to adults under the age of 21. Federal law already prohibits adults under 21 from purchasing a handgun from a licensed firearm dealer. Legislative proposals to prevent law-abiding adults aged 18-20 years old from acquiring semi-automatic rifles would deny them access to the most modern and effective rifles for self-defense, thus depriving them of their constitutional rights.
Sub. SB 6620 would also establish what amounts to a 10-day waiting period for transfers of these firearms by requiring that they go through the state background check like handguns rather than the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) that is currently used for all long gun transactions. While federal law allows for such transactions to be completed if three days have elapsed from the time of the "delayed" response, the state check requires a wait of ten days in such a scenario.
Again, please contact your state Senator and urge them to strongly OPPOSE all anti-gun provisions in Substitute Senate Bill 6620!