On party line votes, Washington State lawmakers in a key committee approved two gun control measures on Thursday, including a ban on magazines that can hold more than ten rounds.
Anti-gun legislators in Olympia repeatedly brought up the shooting in Seattle on Wednesday that left two people dead and more than a dozen wounded, though none of them explained how their gun bills would have stopped the attack, which was allegedly committed by two young men with lengthy criminal histories.
Marquise Tolbert has 21 arrests, and some of his most recent convictions are felonies…
The second suspect, William Tolliver has 44 arrests some of his most recent cases involve domestic cases.
On May 2019, a woman who has a child with Tolliver filed for a protective order saying Tolliver threatened her with a gun. She says he also threatening to kill her, their child and others.
Tolliver has been charged for other domestic violence cases involving other women not to mention theft and unlawful firearm charges.
The pair have 35 convictions between the two of them, yet they were both able to illegally obtain a firearm even though Washington State has a universal background check law on the books. Do any of the lawmakers backing the magazine ban honestly think that Tolbert and Tolliver would have been impacted in the slightest had this ban been in effect this week? “This is nothing more than window dressing,” Sen. Jeff Holy, R-Spokane, said. If the state lowers the capacity from 15 rounds to 10, it’s just “biting around the edges” and could mean that 10 people are killed instead of 15, he said. “We’re not addressing the mental health issues at all,” Holy said, adding that when he was in high school, it was common for students to bring their guns to school if they were going hunting later in the afternoon.
Sen. Patty Kuderer, the bill’s sponsor, said she went to high school in the same era, but times have changed and now students have active shooter drills. Other countries have the same mental health problems, but not the same problems with gun violence, she said.