High-capac­i­ty mag­a­zine ban found uncon­sti­tu­tion­al in Wash­ing­ton state

High-capacity magazine ban found unconstitutional in Washington state

A judge in Wash­ing­ton ruled that the state’s ban on high-capac­i­ty mag­a­zines was uncon­sti­tu­tion­al.
In 2023, Wash­ing­ton Attor­ney Gen­er­al Bob Fer­gu­son filed a law­suit against a gun store for sell­ing the mag­a­zines despite the ban. The law banned the sale, import, man­u­fac­tur­ing, and dis­tri­b­u­tion of ammu­ni­tion mag­a­zines capa­ble of hold­ing more than 10 rounds.
Judge Gary Bashor said his rul­ing was “con­sis­tent with the Nation’s his­tor­i­cal tra­di­tion of firearm reg­u­la­tion,” refer­ring to a 2022 Unit­ed States Supreme Court rul­ing. That rul­ing changed how low­er courts ruled on gun laws, stat­ing they can no longer con­sid­er if laws serve the pub­lic inter­est for things such as pub­lic safe­ty.
“There was no appetite to lim­it gun rights by the Founders. Though the spe­cif­ic tech­nol­o­gy avail­able today may not have been envi­sioned, the Founders expect­ed tech­no­log­i­cal advance­ments,” Bashor wrote. “The result is few, if any, his­tor­i­cal ana­logue laws by which a state can jus­ti­fy a mod­ern firearms reg­u­la­tion.”
Fer­gu­son dis­agreed with Bashor’s rul­ing. 
“Every court in Washin …