Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson hopes a gun initiative’s recent success will help additional gun measures get passed in Olympia next year.
Ferguson said Thursday he will be testifying in favor of bills banning the sale of what he considers assault weapons, as well as a measure to limit gun magazines to ten rounds.
“Washington state surprisingly has no limits,” said Ferguson.
In November, Washington voters passed Initiative-1639, calling for stricter gun laws, including expanding background checks and raising the purchase age for weapons considered assault rifles from 18 to 21.
“It’s my hope legislators will say, ‘Hey, they can take votes on common sense gun reform, and the people will support that,” said Ferguson.
Ferguson said he will also be backing the repeated effort to raise the purchase age for tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21, and he wants retiring legislators to have to wait one year before returning to Olympia as a lobbyist.
Ferguson will also support legislation to abolish the death penalty in the state.
The Washington State Supreme Court ruled in October that the death penalty was unconstitutional, as applied, giving lawmakers the option to "fix" the language in the law. Ferguson said it needs to be taken off the books entirely.
Ferguson, a Democrat, expects larger Democratic majorities to help his bills’ chances.