A controversial discussion about gun rights will start in the state capital this week.
The Washington State Legislature will be holding committee hearings Monday and Tuesday on a variety of gun-related bills.
The banned weapons include the AK-47, a long list of others and any “copycat” weapons, regardless of which company produced or manufactured them. There are also other detailed restrictions as well as exemptions for antique firearms. Read the full text of the bill here.
There is also a bill, SB 6294, that would make it harder to get a concealed carry permit by requiring training.
On Friday, about 200 gun rights advocates sat on the Statehouse steps in Olympia arguing against those proposals they see as violating 2nd Amendment gun rights.
But the day also saw rare agreement between gun rights and gun safety advocates on the issue of background checks.
At a hearing, both sides supported legislation to streamline background checks by consolidating the responsibility for conducting them with the Washington State Patrol.
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