State Senate panel approves gun-control bill

The Seattle TimesFebruary 28, 2014 



A state Senate committee this morning overwhelmingly approved this legislative session’s lone politically feasible gun-control bill, clearing the proposal for its final — and most difficult — test.

House Bill 1840 now must be approved by the full Senate, a Republican-controlled chamber that has proven unfriendly to new gun restrictions.

The proposal would require some gun owners with a restraining or protective order against them to temporarily surrender their firearms while the order is in effect, or face a felony.

It would mark the first time that Washington state has allowed guns to be confiscated before someone is convicted of a crime or involuntarily committed for mental-health treatment, said prime sponsor Roger Goodman, D-Kirkland, who has repeatedly said the measure would save lives.


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