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Senator Schoesler keeping tabs on gun case

Shop sued by state for selling magazines over 10 rounds

RITZVILLE — Sen. Mark Schoesler is following a gun case in Western Washington closely.

On Monday, April 8, Cowlitz County Superior Court Judge Gary Bashor ruled that the 2022 state law banning high-capacity magazines is unconstitutional.

“As you might guess, Attorney General Bob Ferguson did not take this news well,” Schoesler, R-Ritzville, said in an email.

The case involves Gator Custom Guns in Kelso, which was sued by the state in an effort to stop the business from selling magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

The lawsuit alleged the business violated the state la...


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casadelobo writes:

Much as I appreciate the Gazette, political opinion regularly creeps into what I would prefer to be objective news reporting and I cringe every time. Here, the easy tell is gratuitously describing Mr. Johnston as “an unelected Supreme Court commissioner” (no parallel note that Bob Ferguson is Washington’s elected attorney general?). In fact, Johnston is THE Washington Supreme Court Commissioner, an important state office that he has upheld well for the past seven years. As the Court’s gatekeeper, his decision in this case was an easy one for the reasons AG Ferguson noted.