A key deadline has come and gone in Olympia, as most bills had to get a vote Wednesday before the session cutoff to stay alive.
All eyes were on House Bill 2240, another effort to ban high capacity magazines. It was readied for a vote days before the deadline for the House to debate and vote on it, but House Republicans buried it in what might be an historical number of amendments (120).
Gun safety advocates, Mayor Durkan push Olympia on high capacity magazines
Less than a day after the bill to ban high capacity magazines died in the House, there’s a brand new version of the bill from Democrats with a stronger title to protect against additional amendments.
A few hours before the 5 p.m. session deadline Wednesday to vote bills out of the House, Rep. Drew Stokesbary said they were winding down early and only voting on non-controversial bills the rest of the day, dealing with specialized license plates and the state clam.
Majority Democrats did not pull the gun magazine bill for a vote because the time it would have taken to get through a debate on 120 amendments would have eaten time needed to pass other bills before the cutoff.
House Speaker Laurie Jinkins said Thursday that they had the votes to pass it.
The Alliance for Gun Responsibility slammed House Republicans for their “bully tactics.”
“We are outraged by this blatant attempt to misuse procedural measures to run out the clock on this lifesaving policy,” Renee Hopkins, the gun safety group’s CEO, said

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