National Shooting Sports Foundation Criticizes Washington State Gun Prohibition

The National Sports Shooting Foundation (NSSF) criticized Washington state Governor Jay Inslee’s signature of HB 1240, a law that prohibits the sale and transfer of Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs) and several other firearms. The firearm trade association believes that this law is clearly unconstitutional under the US Supreme Court’s decisions in both the Heller and Bruen cases. NSSF plans on filing a lawsuit against this law with Clement & Murphy, PLLC.

“There is no doubt that this law signed by Gov. Jay Inslee unconstitutionally denies Second Amendment rights to law-abiding citizens in Washington state,” stated Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President & General Counsel. “NSSF worked in good faith with state legislators to warn them that this legislation runs afoul of Constitutionally-guaranteed Second Amendment rights to possess commonly owned firearms. Governor Inslee and Washington’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson put politics ahead of their duty to defend the Constitution and protect the rights of their citizens. NSSF will immediately sue Attorney General Ferguson to have this law declared unconstitutional.”

This law bans the sale, transfer and importation of at least 60 listed firearms in Washington state and includes the “AK-47 in all forms,” and “AR15, M16, or M4 in all forms.” According to NSSF’s research, “there are more than 24.4 million MSRs in circulation today.”

Additionally, this gun control law designates nearly every semi-automatic rifle, pistol or shotgun as an “assault weapon” if those firearms possess cosmetic features that gun regulators arbitrarily deem as dangerous. As a matter of fact, many of these prohibited features boost safety and precision, which reduces the possibility of the misfiring of firearms.

Washington state is one of America’s most pro-gun control states. According to Guns & Ammo magazine’s best states for gun owners rankings, Washington occupies a horrible 41st place. So it’s unsurprising that the aforementioned law was passed in Washington. 

At this point, those living in blue states may have to move to red states if they want to see their gun rights fully restored. 


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