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WA – OPINION – Misguided magazine bans devalue the protection of innocent lives

Washington state lawmakers made their latest move to ban standard capacity magazines in Washington, but still need to answer a hard question. Why do they want to give criminals an advantage over the law abiding citizens of the state? State senators filed SB 5078 to make it a crime to manufacture, possess, distribute, import, sell, purchase, or transfer a firearm magazine with a capacity greater than 10 rounds. That’s a majority of magazines for common pistols and rifles used in personal protection and self-defense, conservatively estimated to be over 200 million in circulation nationwide. Their bill would outlaw these magazines that law-abiding citizens use for lawful purposes every day, including hunting, recreational shooting and, most importantly, for self-defense and home protection. These lawmakers, through this legislation, put a number next to the value of their lives. So, under this capacity limitation, if you are awakened in the middle of the night by a home invasion and retrieve your firearm from a secure but ready-access storage, you would have a maximum of 10 rounds with which to defend yourself. This would limit Washingtonians’ ability to exercise lawful self-defense. In this unthinkable but all too real scenario, lawmakers want to stack the deck against you in situations where you are already at a disadvantage. Indeed, events such as this played out in many cities across the U.S. in 2020 and prove that these situations are real and increasingly more likely with the lawlessness and unrest that is all too common these days.  [full article]

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