SENATE BILL REPORT
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.
Fiscal Note: none requested