59% of Washington voters approved an initiative that bans anyone under 21 from buying semi-automatic weapons. The ballot initiative also toughens background checks and requires the safe storage of all guns. Opponents of the initiative have sued to block it.
- Do 18- to 20-year-olds deserve the right to purchase semi-automatic rifles?
- Do the new laws violate the 2nd Amendment?
SEATTLE ‘” Washington joined a handful of other states on Tuesday that prohibited anyone under the age of 21 from purchasing a semi-automatic assault rifle after voters passed a sweeping firearms measure in November that brought a court challenge from arms lawyers.
The ballot initiative aims to curb gun violence by tightening up the background checks for people who buy assault rifles, increasing the age limit for the purchase of these firearms and requiring the safe storage of all guns. Only the age-limited part of the measure enters into force on 1 January; the remainder becomes law on 1.
Kristen Ellingboe, a spokesperson for the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, said that the initiative was one of the most comprehensive gun-violence prevention measures to be implemented in the United States. It targeted specifically “semi-automatic assault rifles” in response to mass shootings across the country.