Hatfield’s short-barreled rifle bill goes to Inslee’s desk

A measure to lift a ban on short-barreled rifles will head to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk after being passed by the state House Friday.

Senate Bill 5956, sponsored by Raymond Democrat Sen. Brian Hatfield, wouldn’t eliminate all standards for short-barreled rifles, but instead align Washington’s regulations with current federal regulations

“This bill simply fixes a discrepancy between state and federal law,” 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.


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