Gun bill stalls in WA legislature

Gun bill stalls in WA legislature

Credit: KING

Gun bill stalls in WA legislature

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 6:40 AM

OLYMPIA, Wash.  -- Another measure seeking to control gun violence has failed in the Washington state Legislature.

A bill that would have required people to surrender their weapons when they are placed under a restraining order did not get a Senate vote ahead of a key deadline Wednesday. Democratic Rep. Roger Goodman expressed frustration about 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 says 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.

Lawmakers also considered a bill earlier in the session to expand background checks on gun sales, but that measure failed to get enough votes in the House.

Lawmakers have moved ahead with a plan to create a registry of gun offenders that law enforcement officials can access.

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