|Passed by the Senate February 18, 2014|
President of the Senate
Passed by the House March 7, 2014
Speaker of the House of Representatives
I, Hunter G. Goodman, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SENATE BILL 5956 as passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.
HUNTER G. GOODMAN
|Approved April 2, 2014, 4:06 p.m.|
Governor of the State of Washington
April 4, 2014
Secretary of State
State of Washington
|State of Washington||63rd Legislature||2014 Regular Session|
Read first time 01/13/14. Referred to Committee on Law & Justice.
AN ACT Relating to short-barreled rifles; amending RCW 9.41.190; and prescribing penalties.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1 RCW 9.41.190 and 1994 sp.s. c 7 s 420 are each amended to
read as follows:
(1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, it is unlawful for any person to manufacture, own, buy, sell, loan, furnish, transport, or have in possession or under control, any machine gun, short-barreled shotgun, or short-barreled rifle; or any part designed and intended solely and exclusively for use in a machine gun, short-barreled shotgun, or short-barreled rifle, or in converting a weapon into a machine gun, short-barreled shotgun, or short-barreled rifle; or to assemble or repair any machine gun, short-barreled shotgun, or short-barreled rifle.
(2) It is not unlawful for a person to possess, transport, acquire, or transfer a short-barreled rifle that is legally registered and possessed, transported, acquired, or transferred in accordance with federal law.
(3) Subsection (1) of this section shall not apply to:
(a) Any peace officer in the discharge of official duty or traveling to or from official duty, or to any officer or member of the armed forces of the United States or the state of Washington in the discharge of official duty or traveling to or from official duty; or
(b) A person, including an employee of such person if the employee has undergone fingerprinting and a background check, who or which is exempt from or licensed under federal law, and engaged in the production, manufacture, repair, or testing of machine guns, short-barreled shotguns, or short-barreled rifles:
(i) To be used or purchased by the armed forces of the United States;
(ii) To be used or purchased by federal, state, county, or municipal law enforcement agencies; or
(iii) For exportation in compliance with all applicable federal laws and regulations.
(3))) (4) It shall be an affirmative defense to a prosecution
brought under this section that the machine gun(( ,)) or short-barreled
shotgun(( , or short-barreled rifle)) was acquired prior to July 1,
1994, and is possessed in compliance with federal law.
(4))) (5) Any person violating this section is guilty of a class