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Statewide measure 1639 gun law break down

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WASHINGTON:Four different measures were on this year's extremely-packed ballot in Washington. Initiative 1639 is creating a lot of buzz today -- as it passed last night.

The voter turnout shows that almost the entire East side of Washington voted against this, aside from Whitman and Spokane counties. The legislation for this law has a lot of fine print to it, and some people on the East side say the fine print is unclear.

Steve Krause owns the Bunker in Richland, a military supply and gun store.

"I understand their thought process behind this. I understand why they think this would help, but it's just not," said Steve Krause. "I truly didn't think that they were going to pass this yet."

Krause also says I-1639 will have a tremendous effect on his business. 

"An old 22 semi-automatic rifle that kids have been learning to shoot safely on for generations is now considered an assault rifle," said Krause.

He's right, the new law says that an assault rifle is defined as anything that self loads, and that's not the same as the Federal definition.

We spoke with a Defense Attorney to really break down this law, and he says if your son is under the age of 21, then he can no longer buy a rifle either.

"If your kid grew up hunting with their parents and they turn 18 and they say alright it's time to get a rifle, well now they can't, " said Krause. 

However, Defense Attorney Kevin Holt says "If you're under the age of 21 though you may posses a firearm under your own or immediate surroundings."

Your immediate surroundings are things you and your family own. Holt also says if you are 18, 19 or 20 and bought a rifle before this legislation, then - no you're not grandfathered in.

"Plus we've also added a 25 dollars transferring fee to every gun owner," said Holt.

This purchasing or transferring fee will help pay for record keeping: who bought the fun, what it is, where it'll be kept and the serial number. Those documents will be stored at the State level.

Finally, this law requires all guns to be locked up inside your home.

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