A state gun-regulations ballot measure seeking to make Washington’s firearms laws among the strictest in the country passed Tuesday with 60 percent of the vote in election-night returns.
The measure led in large western counties and trailed in most eastern counties. Votes will continue be counted in the coming days.
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They took the existing legal definition of a semiautomatic rifle and renamed it a “semiautomatic assault rifle”. So now every semiautomatic rifle is an “assault rifle”.
The rifle doesn’t need to be an AR-15. It doesn’t need to look like an AR-15. It doesn’t need to be “high powered”, or “military”, or even “military-looking”. It doesn’t even need to have a removable magazine. Just the fact that it is a semiautomatic makes it an “assault rifle”.