New Washington state, federal gun laws take effect today

A wave of recent state and federal guidelines are set to change how Washingtonians buy, switch and retailer firearms beginning Monday.

On Jan. 1, voter-approved I-1639 raised the minimal age to buy a “semiautomatic assault rifle” to 21, although these between 18 and 21 years outdated can possess them in sure conditions.

The remainder of the initiative kicks in Monday, bringing new background checks, charges and coaching necessities and potential authorized liabilities for homeowners who don’t lock up their weapons.

Also on Monday, and individually from I-1639, Washington legislation enforcement businesses will turn out to be accountable for processing handgun transfers, a job beforehand dealt with by the FBI. As a outcome, hid pistol license holders will now not be capable to stroll out with bought handguns on the identical day.

Initiative 1639 handed with 59 % of the vote in Washington final yr, with supporters pointing to research exhibiting that weapons concerned in suicides and unintended accidents are sometimes obtained from the residences of a buddy or relative. Advocates additionally identified that gun buying wanted tightening as a result of the massive majority of weapons utilized in mass shootings are obtained legally.

But the measure was unpopular in Cowlitz County, the place 61 % of the voters opposed it regardless of its relevance to the taking pictures of Edgar Vazquez, a 13-year-old Kelso boy who died when he was unintentionally shot and killed by his buddy who discovered and discharged a loaded shotgun in his grandfather’s room at their Kelso dwelling.

Cowlitz County Sheriff Brad Thurman has stated that whereas he considers elements of the initiative unconstitutional, he does help the secure storage provision, which he stated in February addressed a “gap in the law.”

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