Washington Governor Jay Inslee and other anti-gun lawmakers continued to push anti-gun measures this week, one of which raise the age to purchase a firearm to 21 years-old.
Via the Associated Press:
Gun control advocates and Inslee met at the Capitol Thursday to call for enhanced background checks when buying or selling assault weapons and to enforce safe gun storage.
Democratic Rep. Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma, the sponsor of House Bill 1387, said her bill aims to prevent accidental and mass shootings in Washington state. Under the measure, a person would have to be 21 years old to purchase an assault weapon, would be required to undergo an expanded background check similar to those required for concealed weapons, attend an education course and go through the renewal process every year.
Jinkins said this topic is personal for her because a drive-by shooter shot at her nephew and his friends while walking home from school one day. She said he lived because he was on the other side of the street, but some kids aren’t so lucky.
“We have a lot of data now with mass shootings that assault weapons hurt and kill a lot more people and do it a lot faster,” she said. “We’re trying to make sure that these kinds of weapons stay out of the hands of dangerous people”
At the news conference, Inslee said “these bills simply ask Washingtonians to be responsible for their firearms.” He said he knows responsible gun owners understand that, but these measures would ensure the entire state be held to the same standard.
Democratic Rep. Ruth Kagi of Seattle said the biggest way people can contribute to saving lives is by safely storing guns. House Bill 1122 would make it illegal for any person to leave a firearm lying around unprotected where a prohibited person, such as a child or criminal, could access it.
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