Action on high-capacity ammo hailed by Grandmothers Against Gun Violence

Steps by the Legislature to reduce access to certain types of ammunition and firearms in Washington drew praise from Grandmothers Against Gun Violence (GAGV), the Seattle-based grassroots group that advocates for sensible restrictions on gun use.

During the 2022 legislative session that ended in March, lawmakers approved three new laws:

  • Senate Bill 5078 bans the manufacture, distribution and sale of high-capacity magazines containing more than 10 rounds.
  • House Bill 1705restricts the manufacturing, sale and possession of so-called ghost guns, which are untraceable firearms.
  • House Bill 1630prohibits or restricts openly carrying firearms at local government meetings, such as school boards, and at election offices.

Hundreds of members of GAGV, a grassroots, non-profit organization, lobbied for passage of the new laws. Their top priority was SB 5078, the high-capacity magazine measure. Washington residents can keep such ammunition if they already have it. But new sales will be a gross misdemeanor, carrying a penalty of up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Margaret Heldring, GAGV’s founder, said the new laws are a “responsible and enforceable“ way to advance “common-sense reform” of gun regulations.