New gun legislation was signed into law in Washington. This legislation comes after a rise in gun violence throughout the U.S.
The legislation prohibits the sale, manufacture and import of assault weapons in Washington while allowing reasonable exemptions for manufacture and sale to law enforcement and the military. The legislation does not prohibit the possession of assault weapons.
Washington becomes the tenth state to adopt similar legislation banning these weapons. Other states have implemented measures such as expanding background checks and lengthening the time between issuing a gun license and allowing an individual to purchase a firearm.