Another Gun Control Bill Fails in Washington State Legislature
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Another measure seeking to control gun violence has failed in the Washington state Legislature.
The bill that would have required people to surrender their weapons when they are placed under a restraining order. However, the bill did not get a Senate vote ahead of a key deadline Wednesday.
Democratic Rep. Roger Goodman expressed frustration by the lack of a vote, saying the measure was the most rational bill related to guns that the Legislature was considering this year.
Republican Sen. Mike Padden said the measure didn't get a vote because some were concerned about the idea of taking guns away from people who hadn't been convicted of a crime.
Earlier in the session, a bill to expand background checks on gun sales failed to get enough votes in the House. On the other hand, lawmakers have moved ahead with a plan to create a registry of gun offenders that law enforcement officials can access.