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Urgent Washington State Alert: ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban Hearing Scheduled
NSSF needs your help opposing HB 1240 and other bills!

Your NSSF® Government Relations team been monitoring and fighting egregious bills this session in Washington State. We’ve learned the Senate Committee on Law and Justice will be holding a hearing on two bills designed to erode Washingtonians Second Amendment rights and fundamentally alter the firearm industry in the Evergreen State. On Thursday, March 23, the following bills will be heard:

HB 1240 – if passed, this bill would ban the manufacture, sale, purchase and/or transfer of so-called “assault rifles.”

HB 1143 – if passed, this bill would create an onerous permit-to-purchase requirement for all firearm sales in the state.

Over the past few legislative cycles in Washington State, the firearm industry has been successful in narrowly stopping multiple efforts by the legislature to ban Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs). But given the results of the 2022 election, the threat is very real it could pass this time.

NSSF needs you to testify and / or submit written testimony against these bills!

What: Senate Committee of Law and Justice hearing
When: March 23, 2023
Time: 8 a.m. (PST)
Location: In Person Senate Hearing Room 4 and / or Virtual
Instructions: To sign up to testify in opposition of this bill or to submit written testimony against this egregious piece of legislation, click on this link and following the directions below:


  1. Select “Law and Justice” in the first box.
  2. Select the 3/23/2023 meeting at 8 a.m.
  3. Select the following bills “HB 1240” and “HB 1143.”
  4. Select either written testimony or sign up to testify virtually.

Additional information:

SB 5078, which eliminates protections for firearm manufacturers against frivolous lawsuits allowing citizens to sue businesses for the criminal misuse of lawfully produced and sold firearms was heard in House Civil Rights and Justice Committee on Tuesday. It will likely receive a vote out of committee next week.

Click here to “Find My Legislators”

Click here for additional information on the hearing

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