Lawsuit calls assault weapons ban 'unconstitutional,' AG Ferguson confident ban will stay

Lawsuit calls assault weapons ban 'unconstitutional,' AG Ferguson confident ban will stay

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill on Tuesday morning that banned the sale, manufacture and import of assault weapons in Washington state.

Washington is now the 10th state in the United States to ban selling assault weapons.

The House concurred with a floor amendment to House Bill 1240 that was added in the Senate, voting 56-42 to approve it on April 19. The amendment will allow gun manufacturers to sell inventory already in stock prior to Jan. 1, 2023, and only to out-of-state clientele for 90 days after the bill goes into effect.

The bill does not ban the possession of assault weapons and allows for ownership by law enforcement and military service members, with an exception in cases of inheritance.

Inslee and Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson both took to social media to celebrate the passage of the bill, with Inslee tweeting, “WA does not and will not accept gun violence as normal. Banning the sale of assault weapons, our bill to enact training requirements and a wait period, and the bill to improve accountability of manufacturers and retailers will save lives.”



  1. Charlie Lopez on April 27, 2023 at 3:39 am

    No form of government was delegated by our Constitutional Republic the power to limit, restrict anything from the American citizens, nor create a organization to enforce the unconstitutional laws.

  2. Cody Frazier on April 27, 2023 at 3:42 am

    Its sad we are just gonna have some states that are functional and some like WA that are not… Insly and all these other anti gun politicians are dumber then a box of rocks.

  3. Charlie Lopez on April 27, 2023 at 3:45 am

    Know your Constitutional Republic protected rights that when any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, any means necessary

  4. orangeblood307 on April 27, 2023 at 3:45 am

    This basically bans 99% of all rifles… the people who founded this country fought a war over less than what states like Washington is doing to their populace. Its beyond unconstitutional, its treasonous

  5. Roger Bing on April 27, 2023 at 3:45 am

    Don’t worry about Antifa causing violence or the homeless in that state. Nothing to see here

  6. Pacific Kai Homes, LLC on April 27, 2023 at 3:45 am

    Supreme Court here we come. Inslee is a dumbass. Come and get mine I dare you.

  7. Jordan Oswald on April 27, 2023 at 3:46 am

    Everyone: protect the children

    Me: public school is doing 1000x more damage to children then firearms ever have.

  8. Joshua Toler on April 27, 2023 at 3:49 am

    just like in other countries they take one then something else then something else then soon your disarmed only criminals will be the only ones with guns then they’ll just come in anyone’s house & take everything!!!

  9. Al Horn on April 27, 2023 at 3:49 am

    These imbecile politicians are trying to start the next civil war.

  10. Tom Nuss on April 27, 2023 at 3:49 am

    An AR15 is a glorified 22 caliber gun, it’s like a Camaro or Mustang with a 6 cylinder motor…looks amazing, can be customized and is fun, doesn’t mean there isn’t a possibility that someone will drive drunk and then bad things can happen.

  11. Trey Beggs on April 27, 2023 at 3:50 am

    Amend the 2nd! Human rights over gun rights!

  12. John on April 27, 2023 at 3:53 am

    Pride and arrogance come before the fall. These trash laws won’t stand. Those two arrogant ass clowns are idiots!!

  13. Timothy Allen on April 27, 2023 at 3:54 am

    The next lawsuit to drop will name every law maker who had a hand in this unconstitutional law for removal from office for violation of their oath of office!

  14. Ejog Sig on April 27, 2023 at 3:59 am

    That ferguson is a cocky little nerd

  15. chris pavin on April 27, 2023 at 4:02 am

    Nobody has been able to explain WHY they need these guns. Just that they want them and have to have them. I guess nobody ever told them that if you always get what you want then the things you want are stupid just like you.

  16. secret Squirrel on April 27, 2023 at 4:02 am

    Wonder hpw many stuffed envelopes and closed doors deals will take place.
    To ensure that happens.

  17. Glenn Knauer on April 27, 2023 at 4:04 am

    It is unconstitutional and there is no such thing as an "assault weapon". Democrats live in a fantasy world they can’t define a woman until killing the babies of pregnant women is a right.
    If Democrats gave a crap about reducing death and violence there wouldn’t be any sanctuary cities, period.

  18. Champ Brady on April 27, 2023 at 4:05 am

    Get rid of the guns. Only a fool tries to justify access to weapons repeatedly exploited to murder innocent masses of people. Don’t matter if guns kill people or not, the access to them has to be eliminated for the public. You gun nuts can be happy with pee shooter pistols. And even that’s too much for the lot of you

  19. J on April 27, 2023 at 4:07 am

    Even the reporters are calling them" so called assault weapons 😂" they know their not assault weapons but actually they are weapons called rifles/ pistols/ and handguns . ,,

  20. silence me on April 27, 2023 at 4:08 am

    Idolized? Seriously?
    It’s called "shall not be infringed", you pretentious dictator.
    Read it and weep.

  21. Rob Gibson on April 27, 2023 at 4:11 am

    They can ban all they want but a psycho murderers will get them regardless of how illegal they make them.

  22. Tiana la Italiana on April 27, 2023 at 4:12 am

    Get the illegal guns and illegal gun carriers off the streets! Your no Hero Inslee going against legal gun owner rights.

  23. Dee on April 27, 2023 at 4:12 am

    Animal rights group also need to act against hunting

  24. RoadTechAtLarge on April 27, 2023 at 4:14 am

    FJI, FBF, FJB and all those supporting this $hit!

  25. Todd Anderson on April 27, 2023 at 4:14 am

    Start signatures to recall inslee

  26. Jcwidow on April 27, 2023 at 4:15 am

    There’s already precedent stating that assault weapons ban is unconstitutional

  27. Jim W on April 27, 2023 at 4:17 am

    I heard that Adolf Inslee signed this unconstitutional bill behind closed doors with only invited guests present. Wonder what he was afraid of?

  28. sk8punk318 on April 27, 2023 at 4:18 am

    They banned handguns with removable magazines and semi auto shotguns as well it’s completely ridiculous

  29. Bill Richards on April 27, 2023 at 4:18 am

    Governor needs to step down and all politicians removed from office immediately!

  30. Lonnie Olsen on April 27, 2023 at 4:24 am

    Gov does not trust law abiding citizens and puts faith in criminals.

  31. Jerry Fitzhugh on April 27, 2023 at 4:24 am

    It is unconstitutional. 2nd amendment people.

  32. Todd Anderson on April 27, 2023 at 4:26 am

    Jadolf Inslee

  33. Thomas Stecyk on April 27, 2023 at 4:27 am

    What if all fifty states signed into law some kind of assault weapons ban? You know, just to make sure that fifty bastard children do not run around doing what they want. Then making sure that assault rifles are not used in mass shootings. If this is so bad for gun enthusiasts, why don’t they have any ideas on how to keep guns and rifles safe? They love to sit around and wait while the innocent and unsuspecting get shot dead. What about all of those hunters that came across the plains states and killed all the buffalo and left them to rot? What is this fascination with hunters? Do we not buy most of our food from stores? No, you want to hunt you go ahead and hunt. But once one in your ranks starts hunting people, take the assault rifles and melt them down into something useful!!!

  34. waparks on April 27, 2023 at 4:29 am

    All those armored robberies, I guess they are testing “save the children” ban

  35. BacklashRC on April 27, 2023 at 4:30 am

    Ferguson is confident because he is unaware of the change in how gun control laws are prosecuted under NYSRPA v Bruen, or he knows but doesn’t want to let on. Injunctions against similar bans are successfully being levied by courts all over the country. Injunctions are not granted without a court recognized likelihood of success. The rules have changed, in favor of protecting inalienable rights. People attempting to take you civil liberties rarely anticipate defeat, but they typically lose in the end.

  36. Po Wasjington on April 27, 2023 at 4:31 am

    Legalize all full-auto weapons and heavy explosives! I wanna put a combination heavy machine gun/20mm automatic grenade launcher on the back of my truck

  37. Jason Gager on April 27, 2023 at 4:31 am

    It’s a slippery slope, they won’t stop until all guns are banned from being sold. Stop them here.

  38. Richard Lynch on April 27, 2023 at 4:31 am

    Amazing…after all the deaths there are still activists ( who hide their faces) trying to stop a ban on this ONE assault gun.

  39. Julesl on April 27, 2023 at 4:31 am

    No It is not unconstitutional…. The sale of guns is unconstitutional.

  40. Jim Thompson on April 27, 2023 at 4:32 am

    it’s right there in the second amendment "WELL REGULATED". Up to this point, guns have not been well regulated. They still aren’t, but this is a start.

  41. Zach Vanderpool on April 27, 2023 at 4:32 am

    I’m not going to follow this law I already dont follow the magazine ban y would I follow the law of a tyrannical governor when he doesnt want to follow the law and word of the united states constitution, by the states standerds now I’ll be obtaining my so called "assault weapons" illegally but by the constitution and our country laws I’m still doing it legal so inslee can kiss my ass

  42. Timothy Allen on April 27, 2023 at 4:33 am

    Side Show Bob is almost as incompetent as Jay Inslee.

  43. Vgbjj on April 27, 2023 at 4:34 am

    Heller V DC
    Already been decided
    Common use
    Waste of tax $
    Inslee calls it a weapon of war yet it’s his private securities preferred arm! Weird

  44. Cabron Canijo on April 27, 2023 at 4:34 am

    Sports shooting in 🇺🇸 schools wtf oldfart needs her a machine gun

  45. corvetteguy1980 on April 27, 2023 at 4:35 am

    This is one battle the 2 petty tyrants are going to lose.

  46. J H on April 27, 2023 at 4:36 am

    Repeal the 2nd Amendment.

  47. John on April 27, 2023 at 4:38 am

    No cops, no 2nd amendment, more crack heads and crime, sounds like Washington State sucks

  48. Jordan Jason on April 27, 2023 at 4:38 am

    Lol "news" from a shyt hole ran bh stupid ass new age nazis that work for unelectedbillionaires, enjoy you’re "utopia" get f’ed