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BREAKING: Washington State Bans Semi-Autos



Not depicted: Shoulder thing that goes up. (Image courtesy NSSF)

This is not a drill: Washington State just banned the most popular firearms in America.

NSSF, The Firearm Industry Trade Association, condemns Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature of HB 1240, the law that bans the sale and transfer of Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs) and many other firearms. The law is clearly unconstitutional under the U.S. Supreme Court’s holdings in both the Heller and Bruen decisions. NSSF will file a legal challenge to 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,” said 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.”

The 15-page law signed by Gov. Inslee outlaws the sale, transfer and import of at least 60 named firearms in Washington and includes the “AK-47 in all forms,” and “AR15, M16, or M4 in all forms.” There are more than 24.4 million MSRs in circulation today.

Washington’s gun ban law also labels nearly every semiautomatic rifle, pistol, or shotgun as an “assault weapon” if those firearms include cosmetic features that have no bearing on the function of commonly owned semiautomatic MSRs. In fact, many of these banned features increase safety and precision, reducing the possibility of errant shots.


Editor’s Note:

Our friends at the Second Amendment Foundation need your financial help to fund the lawsuit to overturn HB 1240 as well as other ongoing lawsuits challenging other states’ AW Bans. That’s why we’re asking ALL patriots to step up and join the fight with an immediate contribution of $20, $30, $50, or any amount you’re able to give. Our Legal Team needs your assistance to keep up the fight. Please chip in TONIGHT to help reach VICTORY!




  1. MaryJane

    May 1, 2023 at 11:49 am

    The best comment above is to make the legislators who voted for this bill, as vulnerable as the rest of us. Governor Inslee and the advocates of “gun control” in Washington DC (poser) President Biden, all legislators, state and federal who vote for gun control, the same safety as the entire population by no longer having armed guards.
    There will be no safety inside or outside one’s home with gun control and defunding the police. Who you gonna call, Ghost Busters?

  2. Paul Shouse

    April 27, 2023 at 7:18 pm

    When will people realize that elections have consequences. Talk to you like minded friends and family and vote them out of office.

  3. Victor Looney

    April 27, 2023 at 5:37 pm

    When a person reaches the age of majority, usually 18 in most states, they acquire all the, well all most, most of this nation’s legal rights. They become responsible for their own actions. No citizen should be held responsible for another adult’s actions.
    By the same token, how did Europe’s serfs become serfs? They sold their freedom and safety to the persons the having weapons. Is this what we citizens want?

  4. James

    April 27, 2023 at 4:17 pm

    The thing is this, if these far leftist politicians can ban one type of firearm, what’s to stop them from banning another,?

    In Canada, their dictator has ordered all semi auto firearms to be banned.

    He has also said that lever action rifles holding over 10 rounds are ” assault rifles” ! And are banned !

    He also said that’s guns that are too powerful like the 458 Win. Mag., and 460 Weatherby are now called “assault rifles” and they are banned !

    I seriously doubt that any ,Weatherby Mk5 bolt action rifle in 460 Weatherby ( with it’s 100 pounds of recoil) has ever been used in a crime, but now they will be banned in Canada.

    The gun banning groups are watching what Canada does do they can repeat it here in the USA.

    Back in 1934, during the FDR administration, there were politicians who wanted to ban all handguns.

    After the Kennedy assassination in 1963, there were politicians who wanted to ban all bolt action rifles!

    During the debate on the ( illegal) 1968 gun control act, there were politicians again who wanted to ban all handguns calling them ” Saturday night specials”!

    Back in the 1980’s, after watching too many TV shows like Miami Vice, there were politicians who wanted to ban all Uzi’s.

    In the 1980’s, when Glock pistols first came out, gun banning groups and politicians wanted to ban Glock handguns saying ” terrorists would use them to hijack airplanes”. What nonsense. Now, Glock pistols are used by 50% of police departments.

    Then in the 1990’s and 2000’s, gun banning groups and politicians want to ban all semi auto rifles claiming this will stop school shootings.

    You want to stop school shootings,? Put the police and/ or national guard at every school in America with orders to shoot any school shooter on sight.

    Also, allow school teachers to carry concealed.

    Also put the parents of these school shootings in jail. After all they are the ones who raised these monsters this way. The parents are responsible.

    Another thing, do you think any of these school shooters ever went to church? Or read the Bible? Or went to Sunday school? Of course not! If they did, they would never do any horrible thing like shooting up a school.

    Another thing, home school your children! The public schools are full of pedophiles and groomers just waiting to abuse your children.

    These gun banning groups are run and funded by Michael Bloomberg, George Soros and the Chinese government.

    The Chinese government even went before the UN council wanting them to order that all Americans must turn in their guns.

    The Chinese government has said the 2nd amendment is a human rights violation!

    In China, citizens are forbidden to own firearms. Only the police, military and politicians can own firearms. How else can you explain their control over 1.3 billion people?

    And that’s what it is all about ” control”!
    The far leftist politicians want to control you. There is ever talk in this administration about abolishing money in favor of a government issued digital currency card. Which the government will control, which days you can buy groceries, buy gasoline for your car, or not allow allow you to purchase any guns and ammo.

    Support and join pro gun groups and pro hunting groups.

    Don’t allow the evil, Satan worshipping, power crazed far leftist politicians to ban and confiscate our guns.

    Buy more guns, ammo and magazines now before it is too late!

    Politicians hate ” free people,” !

  5. Larry!

    April 26, 2023 at 9:41 pm

    Inslee is a dictator wanabe, trying to keep up with Newsome and Biteme!!!Ferguson is Inslees boot licker and probably doesn’t care were that lick goes!!!!

  6. Capt. Cosmoline

    April 26, 2023 at 9:09 pm


    I am 1776% sure that I won’t be giving up MY guns…

  7. VM

    April 26, 2023 at 5:31 pm

    All is not lost team:
    Browning BAR are not listed
    Ruger Mini14/30 are not listed… cool
    Mossberg 930 and 940, Beretta and Benelli are not listed…cool

  8. Ima Enyurphase

    April 26, 2023 at 5:02 pm

    And JUST HOW does the Governor expect to enforce this UNCONSTITUTIONAL law? How will they know WHEN a banned gun was imported, sold, or transferred in the State? “People will do what people do” Pelosi said that.And how many Sheriff’s will enforce it?

  9. Wyatt

    April 26, 2023 at 3:48 pm

    This is a violation of the Constitution laws! You can say these democrat have already turn America into a SOCIALISM COUNTRY! But real Patriot will not follow these phony laws! Since democrats has NOT PROVE THEY STOLEN THE 2020 ELECTION. And BIDEN WILL NOT TAKE A COGNITIVE TEST TO PROVE HE CABLE OF RUNNING THE COUNTRY! Nope! I will not follow TRAITOR OR DICTATORSHIP THAT VIOLATION THE CONSTITUTION LAWS!

    • Anon

      April 26, 2023 at 6:25 pm

      Russian Bot detected. Русский бот, иди на хуй.

  10. Wyatt Earp

    April 26, 2023 at 3:43 pm

    Is the governor going to be held accountable for a death that could be stopped if the home owner had a gun? How about every state legislation lose their security team? No bodyguard for governor as well.

  11. Tony Helland

    April 26, 2023 at 2:11 pm

    The only way to stop this B.S. is at the ballot box!! BUT over the years I have seen only apathy from firearm owners when it comes time to vote!!! when it came time to vote down I 594 back in 2014 we couldn’t even get a million votes out of 2-million-gun owners in the state!!!

  12. Danko

    April 26, 2023 at 1:47 pm

    Is everyone tired of tyrannical leftists yet.

  13. Pete

    April 26, 2023 at 1:46 pm

    This is the lefts MO. They do what they want, illegal, or immoral and leave it to the courts to figure out sometime in the future, long after they have achieved their goal. The right should be doing the same thing. Taking the HIGH ROAD doesn’t work anymore.

  14. Ted

    April 26, 2023 at 1:39 pm

    Pretty soon , only the criminals will have guns ?

    • Trevor

      April 28, 2023 at 1:27 am

      Yep, and that is the way they want it so they can keep blaming us and taking away more rights as they pass bills to allow more and more crime. It’s just like the movie Demolition Man. I just want to know what Shariff is going to arrest Inslee, Furguson, and every legislature who voted to pass this “law” since they violated their oath. The lawsuit against the “law” is fine and dandy, but let’s stop the bleeding at the source!

  15. NUC_NRG

    April 26, 2023 at 11:43 am

    This law is an illegal overreach. It would make me a criminal should I drive from my son’s house in Portland OR to my daughter’s house in Cour d’Alene ID using the most direct route–I84 to I 90–while carrying my AR!5.

    • Bemused Berserker

      April 26, 2023 at 1:44 pm

      Well we can expect to see this Law challenged as it blatantly infringes on the 2nd Amendment, and also challenges the 14th Amendment.
      The whole point though, is this is part of the “Anti-2A crowds strategy of “Death by a Thousand Cuts.” Their belief that they can bleed us dry financially fighting off their Unconstitutional Laws. Lefty Legislatures don’t pay a penalty personally for their violation of a Fundamental Right. You and I pay not only the for the fight to overturn these Laws, we pay for the Lefties defense of their Unconstitutional Laws through our Taxes.

      Our Founders and Forefathets would have Tarred and Feathered these A$$holes. It’s time We make them consider the price of their crimes against the Constitution personally.

  16. JonsOn

    April 26, 2023 at 10:18 am

    Why do the people who break the law by supporting, voting for and signing into law un-constitutional laws not go to jail? Every person who voted for this law and Jay Inslee belong in prison.

  17. Daniel Mckee

    April 26, 2023 at 10:10 am

    It is unconstitutional and by definition unenforceable!

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