Inslee signs law to register firearm offenders

Gov. Jay Inslee today signed into law the only significant gun-related measure to pass the Legislature in regular session.

Republican Rep. Mike Hope of Lake Stevens, the prime sponsor of the bill, was the lone lawmaker to attend the signing.

Under House Bill 1612, those convicted of certain felony firearm offenses or found not guilty by reason of insanity of any felony firearm offense will be required to register with a county’s sheriff’s department. That data will be punched into a statewide database maintained by the Washington State Patrol.

The process will be similar to what is done with convicted sex offenders. However, unlike the statewide sex offender registry which is made available to the public, the data on firearm offenders will only be accessible by law enforcement agencies.

This bill needed tweaking last month in order to make it to the governor’s desk.

As introduced, the bill established a “central registry of firearm offenders.” It passed the House with this language on an 85-10 vote.

But it stalled in the Senate where Hope encountered conservative Republicans objecting strongly to the notion of a state-maintained registry of any sort involving owners or users of guns.

Once Hope agreed to replace “central registry” with “conviction database”, opposition melted and it glided through the Senate on a 41-7 vote.

More in Local News

‘Come talk to me. Don’t jump, come talk to me’

State Patrol trooper Yaroslav Holodkov just happened to be driving by when he saw a suicidal man.

Marysville educators reach out to a newly traumatized school

Several affected by shootings in 2014 offered to talk with counterparts in Eastern Washington.

Serial killer wannabe admits trying to kill man she met online

She told police she planned to rip out her victim’s heart and eat it — and would continue killing.

Hurry! Target will take your old car seat, but not for long

The seats will be taken apart and the various materials recycled.

Sheriff’s Office receives national recognition

Sheriff accepts award “notable achievements in the field of highway safety” over the past year.

Edmonds-Woodway High School briefly locked down

A student tried to stop a fight and a boy, 16, responded by threatening the student with a knife.

Study considers making it legal to grow marijuana at home

The Liquor and Cannabis Board is considering two scenarios for allowing a minimal number of plants.

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.

Front Porch

EVENTS Return of the Salmon celebration All are invited to Sultan on… Continue reading

Most Read