Seattle Times Editorial: SB 5062 a "Sensible Next Step" / by Charles Yeganian

Gun owners and sellers maintain that magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition are the most common sold and used in the United States. Reloading after 10 rounds would not be a hardship. Forcing a shooter intent on killing in a school or shopping mall to pause could definitely save lives.

At least nine states and some local governments already ban or regulate high-capacity magazines, with limits ranging from 10 to 20 rounds. In March 2015, the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld such a regulation in California saying it did not violate the Second Amendment, but several other cases, including a different California case, are currently working their way through the courts. The Legislature should pass Senate Bill 5062 and join California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Vermont in taking this sensible action.

The legislation makes exceptions for law enforcement and military, as well as some other provisions for possession of family heirlooms, for example.

LEAP Forward is continuing to grade SB 5062 and is scoring support.