Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed a trio of gun control bills on Tuesday, making it the 10th state in the U.S. to enact an 'assault weapons' ban.
The move was met with jubilation by the governor and Attorney General Bob Ferguson who have been pushing for the package since the start of the session.
The bill that requires safety training and a waiting period takes effect on Jan. 1, 2024.
"We lead the country in so many ways, and we are leading on this," Gov. Inslee said. "I'm not sure any state has ever taken three steps on one day."
However, the NRA and Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) have already signaled their opposition to at least two of the bills and said the organization already has lawsuits working their way through the courts against similar bans in California, Delaware, and Illinois.
"The state has put politics ahead of constitutional rights, and is penalizing law-abiding citizens while this legislation does nothing to arrest and prosecute criminals who misuse firearms in defiance of all existing gun control laws," SAF founder Alan M. Gottlieb said in a press release. "It is absurd."
Despite the impending legal battle, Gov. Inslee and supporters remain optimistic that the package of gun control bills will stand up to the challenge.
"We know we need to continue this effort on a national basis," he said.
The NRA and SAF have been vocal opponents of gun control measures in the past and are likely to mount a vigorous legal battle against the Washington State package.
However, Attorney General Ferguson said his office is prepared to defend the bills in court.
"Our record so far is pretty good against the NRA and against the Second Amendment Foundation. We are undefeated, and we plan to keep that record intact," he said.
Only time will tell if the Washington State gun control package will be able to hold up to the legal challenge. But for now, supporters of the bill are celebrating the progress made in the fight against gun violence.