Washington: House Passes Waiting Period & Training Mandate Bill

Gun Rights

Late last night, after midnight, the House voted 52-44 to pass House Bill 1143, to impose a waiting period and training mandate for acquiring firearms, with an amendment to drop the permit requirement in earlier iterations of the bill. It will now move to the Senate, where the NRA will continue to adamantly oppose it, for further consideration. Please contact your state senator and ask them to OPPOSE HB 1143.  

House Bill 1143as amended, denies law-abiding citizens their Second Amendment right to acquire firearms unless they present proof of completion of official, sanctioned firearms training within the past five years, which they must complete at their own expense. It also imposes an arbitrary ten-day delay on prospective gun owners taking possession of their firearms and makes this delay longer or indefinite if the state fails to complete background check during that time. The Department of Licensing will also maintain a database (registry) of gun owners and their personal data, despite the agency having previously suffered a data breach affecting 650,000 citizens just last year. 

Again, please contact your state senator and ask them to OPPOSE HB 1143.  

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