By Marianne Goodland
Legislative reporter 

Assault weapon bill introduced last week


Rumors of a bill banning so-called “assault weapons” have been circulating at the State Capitol (and outside of it) since before the 2023 session started. Up until a week ago, Democrats were downplaying the chances that the bill would be introduced.

All that flew out the window on March 3, when one of the House’s most progressive Democrats introduced House Bill 1230, although the bill’s expected sponsor has now dropped off the measure.

Its legislative declaration, which says why the bill is needed, says assault weapons and high-capacity magazines are “disproportionately used in...

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