Individuals, NRA challenging Washington State gun regulations

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Nov 26, 2018

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – Several individuals and the National Rifle Association are challenging new gun regulations in Washington State.

Daniel Mitchell, Robin Ball, Luke Rettmer, Armen Tooloee, National Rifle Association of America Inc., et al. filed a complaint on Nov. 15 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against the state of Washington and the Washington Attorney General Robert Ferguson seeking declaratory and injunctive relief.

According to the complaint, are challenging Washington State Initiative Nov. 1639, enacted by voters Nov. 6, that they allege "drastically rewrites statutes governing purchase, sale and ownership of firearms in common use in the state of Washington." The suit states the initiative bans the sale of firearms defined as semiautomatic assault rifles to non-residents and raised the legal age to buy a semiautomatic rifle to 21 from 18.

The plaintiffs allege the initiative violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution and the Second Amendment.

The plaintiffs seek declaratory and injunctive relief, costs, attorney's fees and further relief as the court shall deem just and appropriate. They are represented by Matthew C. Albrecht of Albrecht Law PLLC in Spokane, Washington.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington case number 3:18-cv-05931

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