NRA backs Wash. state suicide awareness bill

The National Rifle Association is supporting a move to add new regulations for gun dealers. Why this gun-related bill has the NRA's blessing.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A bill aiming to raise awareness about firearm suicides has support from an unlikely source.

The National Rifle Association is backing Rep. Tina Orwall's bill.

The Democrat from D-Des Moines, called the support, "historic."

HB 2793 would give tax breaks to gun dealers who take steps to raise suicide awareness in their businesses.

Employees would have to receive suicide prevention training, offer safe storage devices at cost and have suicide-related pamphlets and signs in the businesses.

NRA lobbyist Brian Judy said no one should be surprised by the NRA's support.

"It's not about gun control," said Judy, "It's not criminalizing the storage of firearms. It's not going after law-abiding firearm owners."

Judy said the "common sense" bill raises awareness about suicide, an issue he said needs more attention.

 


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