OLYMPIA – Governor Jay Inslee signed a series of gun control bills bills Tuesday solidifying Washington State as the most recent addition to anti-gun advocates’ “West Coast Wall” of gun control
Bills expanding the state’s gun confiscation program and banning 3D printed firearms are amongst the new laws that would be “a model for the rest of the United States,” said Inslee, who is running for president.
“I’m proud that Washington voters and legislators have done much to promote common-sense gun safety in the last several years,” Inslee said when signing the bill banning firearms made with plastic 3D printers. “We’ve come a long way from 1994, if I may say so, on a personal note.”
In 1994, during his first term in Congress, then-Rep. Inslee voted for a ban on the manufacture and import of centerfire, semi-automatic rifles. That ban expired in 2004 and was not renewed by Congress.
Last year, well funded anti-gun groups would pushed through an initiative that prohibited law abiding adults under the age of 21 from being allowed to purchase of semi-automatic rifles. The measure also expanded background checks to include long guns.
Other firearms related bills signed by the governor include a six month prohibition of possession by anyone who is detained in a mental health facility for a three-day evaluation and treatment for possible risk of harming themselves or others. Another states that a person found not guilty by reason of insanity for a crime that would result in making them ineligible to possess a firearm would have to surrender all firearms.