• AG Ferguson speaks in support of two gun control bills

    By: Rob Munoz

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    State Attorney General Bob Ferguson was in Olympia this morning speaking in support of two bills against so-called untraceable "ghost guns" and large-capacity magazines.

    KIRO 7's Rob Munoz gives you the details on those bills, which are facing opposition from gun rights groups.

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    "High-capacity magazines make shootings more deadly for obvious reasons. As was pointed out, those high capacity magazines -- you do not need to stop to reload," Ferguson said. 

    Ferguson is throwing his voice behind a pair of gun control measures being considered by the Law & Justice Committee in Olympia.

    "They were used in Newton, Las Vegas, Aurora, Parkland. The Parkland shooting only came to an end when the shooter had to come to a stop to reload," he said. 

    Senate Bill 5061 seeks to ban so-called ghost guns, which do not have serial numbers and can even be made with plastic on a 3D printer.

    Senate Bill 5062 would ban the sale and owning of gun magazines with more than 10 rounds, or "high-capacity magazines."

    Today, opponents, including gun rights groups and a home invasion survivor, made the case that the guns are needed for protection.

    "I live with this nightmare every single day. I stand before you as a crime survivor and I don't want to be a crime statistic," said Jane Millhauser, who lives in Pierce County. 

    Supporters of the bills wore orange at today's hearing.

    Ferguson's office made Washington a part of a bipartisan group of states suing and getting an injunction against a Texas man who wanted to post gun schematics online.

    More than 60 percent of Washington voters approved I-1639, which raised the age to buy a semi-automatic rifle, required enhanced background checks and made it possible to charge gun owners with a crime if their weapon is stolen and they don't report it. 

    Both bills must be passed out of committee before receiving any official floor votes.

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