OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Three gun bills that would tighten firearm regulations are in the Senate's hands now.
Even though the three gun bills have been overshadowed by the proposal to require background checks for all private gun sales, all three passed with strong bipartisan support.
The bills are:
House Bill 1840, which would prohibit anyone subject to certain restraining orders, no-contact orders, protection orders and sexual-assault orders from being in possession of gun. Those under such orders who already have guns would be required to surrender them to police.
House Bill 1383, which increases protection of people victimized by stalkers by broadening the definition of felony stalking and creating a civil stalking protection order.
House 1612, which sets up a statewide database to log felony firearms offenders. The database is designed to aid law-enforcement officers and would not be available for public viewing.
The measures passed the House last week and now go to the Senate.