(Read the full PDF one pager) Increase community safety by requiring an enhanced background check and license for people seeking to purchase assault weapons and large-capacity magazines.
PROBLEM On the night of July 30, in Mukilteo, a deeply troubled 19-year-old shooter opened fire at a party using an assault weapon with a 30-round magazine, killing three young people and seriously wounding another teen.
If Washington state regulated assault weapons like pistols, this tragic shooting may well have been avoided.
BACKGROUND Assault weapons have been used in a number of high-profile shooting incidents, including the tragic shooting of four teenagers in Mukilteo by a 19 year old who had purchased the gun earlier the week, the 2016 Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting, the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School, the 2012 Aurora, Colorado shooting.
According to a study from Johns Hopkins, a national ban on large capacity magazines—even if it only stopped 1 in 5 incidents where these magazines were relevant—would prevent 100 homicides and 500 people from being wounded by shootings every year. Since 2008, assault weapons bans in New York, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, and Illinois have been upheld as constitutional by three different federal courts of appeals.
BACKGROUND Raising the age of sale for tobacco products to 21 will make it harder for 15 to 17 year olds to access tobacco products, helping to protect them from addiction to a deadly product.There is no “one-stop shop” for this population to access the resources available to protect their legal rights.BACKGROUND The men and women who serve our country in the Armed Forces have unique legal needs arising from overseas deployments, sudden moves, military service obligations, separation of family members, and challenges in securing military benefits, including health care.Over 200 municipalities nationwide have already raised the age of sale for tobacco products to 21, as well as the states of Hawaii and California.LEGISLATION (SB 5025 - HB 1054) This legislation raises the age of sale tobacco and vapor products in Washington state from 18 to 21.
LEGISLATION (SB 5050 - HB 1134) Bans the sale, manufacture, transfer, transport, and import of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines in Washington state.