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Washington bans anyone under 21 from buying semi-automatic rifles
SEATTLE -- Washington on Tuesday joined a handful of other states that ban anyone under 21 from buying a semi-automatic rifle after voters passed a sweeping firearms measure in November that has drawn a court challenge from gun-rights advocates. The ballot initiative seeks to curb gun violence by toughening background checks for people buying assault rifles, increasing the age limit to buy those firearms and requiring the safe storage of all guns. Only the age-limit portion of the measure goes into effect on Jan. 1; the rest becomes law on July 1.