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WA. Senate OK’s firearm purchases waiting period,
Bill goes to Governor for signing!

Credit: Wilson Ring/AP via Yahoo!

Senate OKs mandatory waiting period for firearms purchases. Bill now heads to the governor

Excerpt from The Olympian via Yahoo!:

Senate lawmakers debated for more than an hour late Friday afternoon before approving a measure that would affect the process of purchasing firearms in Washington state.

Sponsored by Rep. Liz Berry, D-Seattle, at the request of the governor, E2SHB 1143 would require a 10-day waiting period before purchasing firearms.

Firearms dealers would not be able to sell or transfer guns without completion of a background check and until 10 days have elapsed since the check was initiated. Those purchasing firearms also would have to show valid proof of a completed firearms safety training program within the last five years, or proof that they are exempt from training requirements.

The bill passed the Senate with a 28-18 vote and will now head to Gov. Jay Inslee for a signature. If signed, the legislation will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2025.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicides by firearms made up more than half of all suicides in the U.S. between 2018 and 2021. Gun violence is also the number one cause of death for children and youth.

Posted by Steve on April 8, 2023 at 12:31 am | Permalink

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