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Why are Machine Guns illegal in WA state?

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by LoneStar, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. LoneStar

    LoneStar WA Active Member

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    Why are Machine Guns illegal in WA State? :huh: They are legal in ID and OR. Was there some sort of "tragedy" the politicians exploited here to push through a ban in the mid 1980's? That's the usual MO of the anti-gunners.
     
  2. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Because that is what was how the law was written last time it was done in 1994.

    Here is the main part of that law, RCW 9.41.190: Unlawful firearms There is some information in the "Notes" as a place for you to start your research if you want.
     
  3. LoneStar

    LoneStar WA Active Member

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    Thanks. I will check out the info in the "notes" section. I've been curious about this ever since I've moved here.
     
  4. Misterbill

    Misterbill Yakima County, Washington New Member

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    Because the moonbats in the state legislature in 1994, being utterly clueless about the already existing Draconian federal penalties for possessing a SBS or MG without a tax stamp and the associated major background check, decided that no one but a criminal could possibly want a SBR and screwed Washington citizens out of a right that even people in MASSACHUSETTS have.

    This is simply a matter of education and training. If we do our jobs right, I think the legislature will come around. And if We're smart and DON'T elect Moonbat in Chief Jay Inslee, the Governor will sign the bill. Inslee is a friend to 2A about the same as Mitt Romney is.
     
  5. fd15k

    fd15k Tigard,OR Well-Known Member

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    Technically not a right then :)
     
  6. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    Why are machine guns illegal in Washington? Because we believe in conservation - trees, recycling, wind farms, green roofs, hybrid cars. Machine guns? They don't conserve ammo. How many bullets come out of a semi-auto gun with each trigger pull? One. How many come out of a machine gun? Lots. It's wasteful.

    Save the whales? No - save the ammo. Help keep machine guns illegal in Washington State.

    Paid for by Citizens Ammunition Conservation Association (CACA)


    But, in all seriousness - who knows? We can now use silencers, and we've been able to have AOW's. Given the federal restrictions on ownership and huge costs with machine guns, I'm not sure why the restrictions remain. But, they're "scary" enough that I doubt there's much political will to legalize them (same goes for SBR/SBS).
     
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    556 Beaverton,OR Active Member

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    in one word...."democrats"....anti american democrats!
     
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  8. Teufel_Hunden

    Teufel_Hunden Albany, Oregon Active Member

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    UMMMMMMMMM.........LibTards???
     
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  9. fd15k

    fd15k Tigard,OR Well-Known Member

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    Do you have the actual voting record handy ?
     
  10. EMP9596

    EMP9596 Two Trees West of Camas, WA. Active Member

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    Crap!!!
    I thought we might have a thread that would be interesting and it went south right from the get go...

    Oh well! Let the name calling start.
     
  11. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    Is your world really all that black and white? All democrats are anti guns, all republicans loves guns and own lots and lots?

    There are democrats, even liberal ones, who own guns.
     
  12. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Very true. But unforunately they are few and far between. Most vote down the party line.
     
  13. LoneStar

    LoneStar WA Active Member

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    It's weird people can buy & use AOW's and silencers but not machine guns. The Federal law makes them so expensive anyways. I thought there was a bill to legalize SBR/SBS.
     
  14. hermannr

    hermannr Okanogan Highlands Well-Known Member

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    Why, because of the worst Govnr WA ever had...name was Lowry, was very anti-gun anti-freedom...but actually you are only parly correct...NFA items are not illegal, only NEW NFA items are. Just remember, Isley is his clone, and he will be running for gov...support McKenna if you like your guns and the gun laws we have. With McKenna we at least have a chance to get RID of some of the junk in 9.41

    There are still some artifacts on the books from Lowry that need to be removed. Quit a few of the worst ones were removed by the courts, but If I remember correctly, the no loaded guns in a vehicle without a license and our wonderful RCW 9.41.270 are his and they need to go away, along with the NFA prohibitions..
     
  15. EMP9596

    EMP9596 Two Trees West of Camas, WA. Active Member

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    Total agreement as there is no real common sense reason for some of this stuff to stay on the books.

    Hooray! We is back on track!!!!!!!!!
     
  16. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Slackjaw Lowry was a real festering turd, though closely followed by Gregoire...
     
  17. LoneStar

    LoneStar WA Active Member

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    Yes the prohibition on loaded guns in vehicles is wrong. None of the mountain states have this prohibition. Please explain what you mean by "NFA items are not illegal, only NEW NFA items are" Do you mean NFA items that were grandfathered?
     
  18. 8ball

    8ball WA Quit talkin' and start chalking!

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    Yes, existing NFA items were grandfathered in. At least one of the ranges in Seattle has a grandfathered SBR under the counter.

    RCW 9.41.190 - Unlawful firearms — Exceptions. (3) It shall be an affirmative defense to a prosecution brought under this section that the machine gun, short-barreled shotgun, or short-barreled rifle was acquired prior to July 1, 1994, and is possessed in compliance with federal law.

    The bill to allow SBS/SBR didn't make it thru committee in Olympia. Next session...

    No way Inslee will get elected. He's way behind McKenna on fundraising and votes. Even Democrats don't like him.
     
  19. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Not quite true. In WA you can register a Silencer, DD or AOW of any age as they are all legal under current state law.

    You can not currently register MG, SBS or SBR of any age in WA but there are some grandfathered ones. Even though they are in state they can not be transferred to new owners here with the way the law is written.
     
  20. hermannr

    hermannr Okanogan Highlands Well-Known Member

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    Don't count any democrat out...the G got in didn't she? Even with some voting "irregularities" (in her favor) she still got to stay as "da gov". As they say in the U district...vote early, vote often...