Washington Supreme Court Upholds High-Capacity Magazines Ban

Washington State’s Supreme Court has upheld a ban on high-capacity magazines after it was previously determined to be unconstitutional, according to reports.

In a ruling earlier this month, a lower court found that the ban was unconstitutional.

However, Washington State Supreme Court Commissioner Michael E. Johnston has now ruled in favor of the ban.

The case stemmed from a lawsuit filed by Gators Customs Guns against Washington state alleging that the ban was unconstitutional and that claim was initially successful.

High-capacity magazines are defined as magazines that can hold more than ten rounds of ammunition.

Cowlitz County Superior Judge Gary Bashor found that the ban on high-capacity magazines violated the 2nd Amendment.

Johnston responded by immediately issuing an emergency order putting the ruling on hold.

“I was particularly concerned that the superior court’s decision would trigger a flood of (large capacity magazines) entering state circulation, as happened in California, with potential effects on public safety,” Johnston stated.

Essentially, Johnston knew that Americans would rush to finally buy magazines that have been restricted and he had to put a stop to that.

Johnston didn’t even contest Bashor’s findings that the ban was unconstitutional, he simply fearmongered about “a flood” of high-capacity magazines being bought up by regular Americans.

In his ruling, Johnston admitted as much, saying:

“The idea that I could lift the stay and something awful happens with a (large capacity magazine) that would not have been obtained but for that decision keeps me awake at night.”

This is a Supreme Court Commissioner openly admitting that he is ignoring the Constitution because of the possibility that some unhinged individual commits a shooting.

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The future is unclear but if this case gets to the federal level it could have big implications for the gun control movement.

The legal strategy for Americans in Washington State is to get to the federal level.

Washington’s liberal Supreme Court has made it clear that they will ignore the Constitution and as such the only hope for their rights lies at the federal level.

While it remains unclear what options Gators Customs Guns has, the hope is to get out of Washington and have a federal appeals court make a decision.

SCOTUS would be the ideal arena for a battle over the 2nd Amendment as they have already made several decisions that have struck down authoritarian gun control measures.

READ MORE – Americans Stock Up on Firearms in Response to Biden’s Pushes for Gun Control

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By Nick R. Hamilton

Nick has a broad background in journalism, business, and technology. He covers news on cryptocurrency, traditional assets, and economic markets.

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