One provision of the new state ban on rifles for teens that especially maddens the gun enthusiasts is the ban on the sale of semi-automatic rifles to anyone under the age of 21.
By a wide margin, state voters approved a gun-control initiative in the last election. Now that the law has gone into effect, it is being challenged in court by the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation in the hope of annulling the will of the people of Washington.
One provision of the new law that especially maddens the gun enthusiasts is the ban on the sale of semi-automatic rifles to anyone under the age of 21. It is that part of Initiative 1639, however, that was key to winning the support of a majority of voters. That majority had seen too many troubled teenage boys with hidden grudges and powerful weapons walk into schools to gun down innocent students and teachers. To them, a ban seemed like the sanest thing to do, while unrestricted access to firearms looked like lunacy, not liberty.
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