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Washington attorney general proposes assault-weapons ban

Washington attorney general proposes assault-weapons ban

David Gutman | The Seattle Times

Attorney General Bob Ferguson says he will propose legislation to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Spurred by the recent killings of three teenagers in Mukilteo, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson will propose legislation next year to ban the sale of assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines in Washington.

Ferguson announced his proposal Wednesday, flanked by the parents of a fourth Mukilteo victim, who was seriously injured, as well as dozens of Democratic legislators and officials.

The legislation, which has not yet been written, would ban semi-automatic assault-style weapons — like the AR-15 rifle that police say was used by the 19-year-old accused gunman in Mukilteo in July — as well as any magazine that holds more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

“Military-style weapons are designed for killing people,” Ferguson said. “These weapons have no place in civilian use.”

Ferguson and other speakers noted repeatedly that the accused Mukilteo shooter bought the rifle legally but wasn’t old enough to buy a beer.

Ferguson, who is up for re-election this fall, acknowledged that an assault-weapons ban would be difficult to pass. Several other recent gun-control measures have failed in the Legislature.

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