Gun-control bill has second coming, unanimously approved in state House

Some with restraining orders would have firearms taken away

The Seattle TimesFebruary 15, 2014 


Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, works on his computer on the Senate floor Monday, March 4, 2013. (Melissa Santos/Staff writer)


A bill to require some gun owners with a restraining or protective order against them to temporarily surrender their firearms while the order is in effect has returned.

House Bill 1849 last year was seen as the lone gun-control bill that could make it through the Legislature – until it died in the state Senate. That left supporters “seething with anger.”

Now, it has been revived and received a surprising 97-0 vote on the state House floor this week after Democrats and Republicans agreed on compromise language (one member was absent).

The compromise adds more judicial oversight by preventing the surrender of guns unless the order is accompanied by an additional finding that the subject constitutes a “credible threat.”

That matches the amendment that got the bill through the Senate Law & Justice Committee unanimously last year. The chairman, Second Amendment supporter Mike Padden, said he still supports the bill but cannot control what his caucus decides to do.

Last year, caucus leaders did not allow the bill to come up for a vote on the floor because of concerns that some residents would be temporarily denied a gun without due process, Padden said.

“We’ll see what happens this time,” said Padden, R-Spokane Valley.

The House sponsor, state Rep. Roger Goodman, D-Kirkland, said he is confident about the bill’s prospects.

Goodman, who chairs the House Public Safety Committee, said even the National Rifle Association supports the amended version of the legislation as a way to protect domestic-violence victims.

“I think we’re going to get this done this year,” Goodman said.

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