Hatfield bill could change short-barreled rifle regulations

Washington residents could soon be allowed to own and use short-barreled rifles, thanks to a bill sponsored by Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond.

Senate Bill 5956 passed out of the state Senate today with unanimous approval. The measure wouldn’t eliminate all standards for short-barreled rifles, but instead align Washington’s regulations with current federal regulations, according to Hatfield.

“This is a reasonable, simple piece of legislation that restores the rights of hunters, sportsmen and collectors to own and use these rifles,” Hatfield said.

According to a press release sent out by the Senate Democrats, most short-barreled rifles are cut down to 26 inches or shorter and used for sporting purposes. Some hunters prefer short-barreled rifles because of their accuracy.

The bill must be approved by the House and signed by Gov. Jay Inslee before becoming law.


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