Radio Report: Southwest Washington Republican lawmakers say gun magazine ban empowers criminals, impairs law-abiding gun owners’ rights


A bill that would ban firearms magazines capable of carrying more than 10 rounds of ammunition passed a House committee Friday, despite Republican objections. John Sattgast reports from the state Capitol.

 Radio Report Transcript

SATTGAST: The bill passed the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee on a party-line vote, 11 to 6, with Democrats rejecting all nine Republican amendments. The committee's ranking Republican, Representative Jim Walsh, says the bill puts public safety in harm's way because it removes the ability of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves.

WALSH: “It's a proposal that by any reasonable definition would impair the rights of Washingtonians to keep and bear arms.”

SATTGAST: Centralia Representative Peter Abbarno said it won't stop criminals, but would likely create a new underground black market, while penalizing law-abiding gun owners.

ABBARNO: “Responsible gun owners won't be able to defend themselves. They will be limited to what they own today. But criminals, they won't be following this law, will be able to buy new guns with high-capacity magazines.”

SATTGAST: The bill has already passed the Senate. If it passes the House floor without amendments, the measure could go to the governor, who is expected to sign it into law. John Sattgast, the state Capitol.

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