Washington HB 1346 - Lead Exposure in Children

Washington HB 1346

by Gerry Pollett (D) with Laurie Jinkins (D), Cindy Ryu (D), June Robinson (D), Lauren Davis (D), Sharon Wylie (D)

LEAP Forward Position: Support


(1)(a) It is unlawful for any person to sell, transfer, give, or otherwise make available any ammunition other than nonlead ammunition to a person who is under the age of twenty-one years. For the purposes of this section, “nonlead ammunition” means ammunition that does not contain any lead content, excluding trace amounts of lead.
b) It is unlawful for any person who sells, or offers for sale, ammunition to knowingly or intentionally represent ammunition containing more than trace amounts of lead as nonlead ammunition.

(2)(a) A person who sells, or offers for sale, ammunition shall require the purchaser of ammunition other than nonlead ammunition to present any of the officially issued identification designated by the department of health under section 3 of this act in any case where there may be a question of whether the person is under the age of twenty-one years.
(b) A dealer, firearm range, or other entity or person who sells, or offers for sale, ammunition must post the warning sign and make available to customers the handout developed by the department of health under section 3 of this act relating to the adverse health effects and risks of lead exposure arising from the use of lead ammunition while engaged in sport shooting activities. The handout must be made available at the point of sale or in a location on the
premises where ammunition is displayed.

(3)(a) Subsection (1)(a) of this section does not apply to ammunition that is given or permitted to be given to a person under the age of twenty-one years by a parent or guardian of the person.
(b) It is a defense to prosecution under subsection (1)(a) of this section that:31
(i) The ammunition sold, transferred, given, or otherwise made available to a person under the age of twenty-one years is certified by any agency of this state, another state, or the federal government as ammunition that does not contain any lead content other than trace
amounts of lead; and
(ii) The ammunition seller reasonably relied on any of the officially issued identification designated by the department of health under section 3 of this act.
(4) A person who violates this section is subject to the
following penalties:
(a) A first or second violation of this section is a civil infraction subject to a penalty of two hundred fifty dollars.
(b) A third or subsequent violation of this section is a civil infraction subject to a penalty of one thousand dollars.

(5) In addition to the penalties established under subsection (4) of this section, a dealer’s license to sell ammunition may be suspended or revoked for a violation of subsection (1)(a) of this section, and shall be revoked if the dealer commits five or more violations within a two-year period.