In Washington State, I-1639 is going into effect in stages and some FFLs are following the letter of the law which is admittedly rather open to interpretation:
“To me, it’s clear as day that an 18, 20-year-old can technically buy, purchase a semi-auto rifle because those aren’t semi auto rifles until July 1st,” said [Tiffany Teasdale, who works at a firearm retailer called Lynnwood Gun just north of Seattle.]
She said she doesn’t want to be accused of age discrimination by not selling to someone under 21.
“We want to make sure we have all our ducks in a row,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility released the following statement:
“It is no mystery which gun sales are affected by the change in purchase age included in the initiative, regardless of the effective date of the definition of semi-automatic assault rifle. Defying the law is a disingenuous attempt to thwart the will of the people and undermine the rule of law in our state.”
– Cole Miller for KOIN, Gun Retailers Find ‘Loophole’ in New WA Gun Laws