Despite pleas to ban assault rifles, Washington lawmakers don’t appear ready to tackle the issue this session. The legislation focuses on “military-style” assault weapons, which can fire rapidly and carry large magazines of ammunition. After nearly an hour of passionate debate Tuesday, there weren’t enough votes to get this latest attempt out of committee.

Ralph Fascitelli, board chairman for Washington Ceasefire, supports the ban of semi-automatic pistons, pump-action rifles, and shotguns. “If it holds more than 10 bullets, it my mind, it is. If it automatically loads and discharges bullets, it is. If it’s original design and intent was to kill humans, it is,” said Fascitelli.

He said it’s important to make sure the wrong people don’t have the opportunity to use assault weapons. “Many crimes are committed by angry, disturbed individuals without a criminal record who turn deadly in a moment of rage when they have access to weapons of war, such as these assault weapons,” said Fascitelli.

But gun supporters, like Brian Judy of the National Rifle Association, says this ban wouldn’t have kept the assault rifle out of the hands of Christopher Monfort, the man charged with killing Seattle Police Officer Timothy Brenton.

“I want to give you a bit of breaking news you probably won’t hear in the Washington media. That is that 70 million gun owners didn’t break the law today. Millions didn’t break the law with firearms that are classified as assault weapons under this bill,” said Judy.

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