SB 5844



BYSenators Talmadge, Williams, Niemi, Vognild, Warnke and Murray



Revising the definition of "machine gun."



Senate Committee on Law & Justice


      Senate Hearing Date(s):February 21, 1989


      Senate Staff:Jon Carlson (786-7959)



                            AS OF FEBRUARY 17, 1989




There have been media reports on injuries and deaths caused by the use of semi-automatic assault firearms.  In view of this, it is suggested that the laws regarding the possession of these firearms be reexamined.




The definition of machine gun is amended to include any firearm other than a short firearm or pistol, which is designed to fire centerfire ammunition and which meets one of the following conditions:  (1) the firearm is automatically fed after each discharge from a clip or other separable device having a capacity greater than nine cartridges; or (2) the firearm is automatically fed from a self-contained magazine within the firearm that holds more than nine cartridges.


Appropriation:    none


Revenue:    none


Fiscal Note:      none requested