Washington’s Rifle Ban Doesn’t Hold Up Under Any Scrutiny

Article originally appeared on thefederalist.com.

Less than two weeks ago, Washington became the tenth state in the nation to ban so-called “assault weapons.”

And while the ink was still drying on Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature, the new law was already challenged in federal court. All that remains to be seen is how the legal system will look upon Washington’s law.

On April 25, Inslee signed Substitute House Bill 1240, making it illegal for any person in Washington to “manufacture, import, distribute, sell, or offer for sale any assault weapon,” with some minor exemptions.

Washington’s law bans a lengthy list of firearms by name and identifies any other firearm as a banned “assault weapon” based on the presence of certain characteristics. And not only did the law go into effect immediately, but the penalty for violating Washington’s new law is up to 364 days of imprisonment and up to a $5,000 fine.

Aside from explicitly …

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