Bill would register gun violators, similar to sex offenders

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 31, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Will treating gun violators as sex offenders reduce gun violence?

Washington state Rep. Mike Hope, R-Lake Stevens, is introducing a bill that would take a similar stance.

The bill would require felony gun violators to register into a statewide database twice per year and allow police to perform random house checks.

“One thing we are not addressing is going after the offender. That’s what this bill does,” Hope said.

Hope, who is also a Seattle Police officer, said reducing felons from committing repeat offenses would make a serious dent in gun violence. Also, he says it would be a tool for law enforcement to more easily perform background checks on the street.

The bill is getting bipartisan support.

“We have the opportunity to be the first state in the country to pass this legislation,” Hope said. “It’s worked in Baltimore. It’s worked in New York City and it’s worked in Washington. D.C.”

Eight house bills have been introduced relating to gun violence in Washington state. Most recently, House Bill 1588, which would require background checks on all gun sales with no exceptions.

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