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Washington Firearm Offenders May Have to Register

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Firearm offenders could soon be required to register their guns.

The House approved a proposal Tuesday that would create a central registry to track firearm offenders. The registry requires firearm offenders to register in person with the county sheriff within two days of being released from custody. Offenders must register annually for four years.

Unlike a registry for sex offenders, the information would not be publicly available.

Republican Rep. Mike Hope says it would help local law enforcement combat gun violence and go after repeat gun offenders.

The bill heads next to the state Senate.