The Washington state legislature has less than two weeks left in session, but Democrats are still working to cap off a busy month by introducing additional gun safety legislation in the House and Senate:
SB 6620, and its companion in the House, HB 3004, introduced Friday, Feb. 23, would create a mechanism for students to report dangerous behavior and would require the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to allocate grants to school districts to implement emergency response systems.
It also raises the age to purchase an assault rifle from 18 to 21. The Parkland shooter was reported to be a 19-year-old who had legally purchased an AR-15 rifle.
And, in bringing back a debate from a previous bill, the new bill would require purchasers of such weapons to undergo a federal and state background check as well.
David Frockt, sponsor of the legislation and chairman of the Ways and Means Committee that is hearing the bill in the Senate, has been a consistent force for gun regulation in the state this year, being at the center of almost every major piece of legislation LEAP Forward has graded.
Testimony in favor of the legislation was given by prosecutor Adam Cornell, Johna Munsen, an 18 year old high school senior, and Paul Kramer, whose son, Will, was seriously wounded in a 2016 shooting perpetrated by a 19 year old with a legally purchased assault rifle.
LEAP Forward is grading SUPPORT for SB 6620.