House approves registry for firearm offenders

  • By Jerry Cornfield
  • Tuesday, March 12, 2013 11:41am
  • Local News

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.

Talk to us

More in Local News

14 residents and four staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at Regency on Whidbey. (Regency on Whidbey)
Virus outbreak reported at Whidbey long-term care facility

Eighteen people have tested positive for COVID-19 at Regency in Oak Harbor.

Everett Community College anthropology instructor Cynthia Clarke. (Everett Community College) 20201123
EvCC mourns the loss of a strong-willed instructor

Cynthia Clarke taught anthropology while raising money for student programs and scholarships.

Deputies investigating body found off Highway 9 in Cathcart

The death of the 56-year-old man from Olympia is not currently considered suspicious.

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman arrives to talk to reporters, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down Eyman's Initiative 976, a measure that would have steeply discounted the price of car registrations at $30 while gutting transportation budgets across Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Eyman must wait until December to get his day in court

His trial for alleged campaign wrongdoing was halted after a family member of someone on the AG’s staff fell ill.

Xiaomei, a recovered mother goat, is now in good health after a bad bout of mastitis earlier this year. (Kira Erickson / Whidbey News-Times)
Whidbey woman takes in two goats deemed lost cause

With snacks, cuddles, massages and Chinese medicine, she nurtured the animals back to health.

Whidbey man charged in assault hid loaded guns in kids’ rooms

Guns were found in a kitchen drawer, under a bed pillow and in each of the children’s bedroom closets.

Snohomish man, 26, dies in Saturday night crash

Colton R. Mayhew was the only person in the car. He crashed east of Snohomish and died at the scene.

Volunteers load a car with food during a drive-through event for families in need called the “Colors of Fall” at the Darrington Food Bank on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 in Darrington, Washington. Stops along the drive-thru provided hand sanitizer, masks, food boxes, assistance information for those that need help with early learning, utilities, mental health, etc.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
In Darrington, anyone in need got a turkey and the fixings

“Colors of Fall” distributed food and resources to more than 200 cars on Monday.

Sharon Olson gets ready to hand out meals for Thanksgiving. She and her husband Matt Olson have provided enough food to feed about 160 people this year. (Contributed photo)
Thanksgiving dinners stay small this year, some go online

Many plan to stay home to avoid spreading the virus. Some have lent a hand to those in need.

Most Read