OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a measure to create a central registry to track firearm offenders in Washington state.

Under the new law signed Wednesday, judges may require people convicted of gun offenses to register as firearm offenders. The registrants must keep their information up to date, and the requirement to register continues for four years.

The registry maintained by the Washington State Patrol would be accessible by law enforcement officers but would not be available to the public.

The law was sponsored by Republican Rep. Mike Hope, who is a Seattle police officer.

Supporters say the measure will help local law enforcement combat gun violence and go after repeat gun offenders.

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