Washington lawmakers proposing gun violence prevention bills

Governor Inslee said more than 800 Washingtonians die each year from gun violence.

SEATTLE — Governor Jay Inslee, Attorney General Bob Ferguson and several state lawmakers discussed several proposals Monday afternoon to curb gun violence in Washington state.

Inslee says more than 800 Washingtonians are killed each year because of gun violence. It’s the leading cause of death for young people, said Inslee, ahead of both car accidents and cancer.

“Gun violence is an epidemic and it will increase if we don’t act,” Inslee said at a press conference Monday afternoon.

Inslee said state lawmakers are planning several bills in the upcoming 2023 legislative session. The governor called the bill allowing the bill to be the best move in the legislator’s effort next year.

Inslee said Connecticut passed a bill that would allow similar purchases and saw gun violence drop by 40 percent. Inslee said states that reversed course had a 60 percent increase in gun violence.

Rep. Liz Berry (District D-36) said there would be a mandatory 10-day waiting period and training requirements to buy firearms in the state if the bill passes.

“No one should be shot dead — at work, school, church or the grocery store,” Berry said.

An assault rifle ban is also being worked on for state lawmakers. This will be the seventh year in a row that a bill banning the purchase of assault rifles in Washington state has been discussed in the House of Representatives.

None of the previous bills were passed despite many efforts.

“We need to ban these weapons of war,” said Representative Strom Peterson (D-21st County). We have tried. We failed but I think this is the year to do it because people are speaking up. “

Despite a years-long effort to pass bills to prevent gun violence, Inslee said he feels there is a “fair chance” for the proposals to pass the legislature by 2023.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson said many states have banned the sale of assault rifles and the bills have been upheld as constitutional in the courts.

Ferguson said he feels confident that the state’s proposed gun violence bills of 2023 will survive if the legislation is passed.

Renee Hopkins, executive director of the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, said the organization’s legislative program for 2023 is “boldest yet”.

Washington will begin its 2023 legislative session on January 9.

“Gun violence is a complex, multifaceted public health issue that requires a holistic approach,” says Hopkins.

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Edmund DeMarche

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