House approves registry for firearm offenders

The House today overwhelmingly approved a bill establishing a new statewide registry of people convicted of offenses involving firearms.

Under House Bill 1612, judges will decide which offenders must register based on such factors as the person’s criminal history; whether the person has been previously found not guilty by reason of insanity in any state, and any evidence of the person’s propensity for violence that would likely endanger others.

The Washington State Patrol will maintain the registry and only law enforcement agencies will have access to it.

It is “one of the best bills we have here as far as gun violence is concerned,” said Rep. Mike Hope, R-Lake Stevens, the bill’s prime sponsor and a Seattle police officer.

“Without a doubt it is going to reduce the amount of homicides in our state,” he said.

The bill passed 85-10 and now goes to the state Senate for consideration.

More in Local News

Minutes mattered the day Pat Ward was brought back to life

The Mukilteo police and fire chaplain died at breakfast. She got a second chance thanks to a waitress.

Cool additions at an elementary school in Everett

A totem pole and new gardens grace the courtyard of Whittier Elementary School.

Kids suspected in school’s smashed windows and other damage

The cost of the damage at Explorer Middle School in south Everett is estimated to be $5,000.

Recall issued for about 1,250 pounds of meat

Camano Island’s Sausage Haus products might be contaminated.

3 women seek open seat in 39th District

The GOP nominees hope to fill the opening created by the resignation of Republican John Koster.

Lake Stevens High senior has an entrepreneurial mind

John Cramer crafts and sells designer pens to help pay for college

Marysville-Arlington fiber-optic link planned by Comcast

The high-speed internet line, to be ready next year, is seen as a boost for business development.

Cellphone carrier substation in Snohomish vandalized

Detectives with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a… Continue reading

Driver flees deputy in Everett, then crashes, injuring 2

The suspect fled on foot but was tracked down and captured nearby. He was treated for injuries.

Most Read