I disagree -- the reasons for gun control measures can actually be quite regressive and the earliest gun control in America was usually about race. I don't know if that is what was behind WA's laws -- I'd first have to figure out exactly how old this law is -- but is certainly a possibility: Bellingham riots - Wikipedia If WA's gun control laws have roots in racism, I think that is a very interesting fact to bring up with gun control advocates. Whether that actually is the case, I don't know, but I'm interested enough to make a visit to the local law library in the near future to see what I can see. As a side note, my trip to the range was fun, but sort of a waste. I had loaded up a set of tests for a new caliber I want to reload -- and left them at home. Ended up just shooting the rifle I brought for something to do while letting the barrel cool in the rifle related to the test ammo.