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Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Victory! Washington State House passes bill to ban bump fire stocks (trigger modifiers)

Legislation to ban bump stocks, also known as trigger modification devices, took another step towards landing on Governor Jay Inslee’s desk today when the Washington State House voted decisively to pass ESB 5992.

Originally sponsored by Senator Kevin Van De Wege, ESB 5992 would:

… establish criminal penalties and sentencing provisions relating to the manufacture, sale, purchase, possession, transfer, or transport of bump-fire stocks, or the use of a firearm containing a bump-fire stock in the commission of a felony.

The bill cleared the Senate on a twenty-nine to twenty vote weeks ago. Today, after being amended on the floor of the House, it received a vote there.

“The people of Washington are counting on us to take action and ensure our communities are safe from gun violence,” said Representative Tana Senn (D-41st District: Bellevue, Mercer Island, Newcastle) after the passage of the bill. “This may be a small step, but it is a step toward making our communities safer.”

The roll call was as follows:

ESB 5992
Bump-fire stocks
House vote on Final Passage as Amended by the House

Yeas: 56; Nays: 41; Excused: 1

Voting Yea: Representative Appleton, Bergquist, Caldier, Chapman, Clibborn, Cody, Doglio, Dolan, Fey, Fitzgibbon, Frame, Goodman, Graves, Gregerson, Haler, Hansen, Harmsworth, Hudgins, Jinkins, Johnson, Kagi, Kilduff, Kirby, Kloba, Lovick, Lytton, Macri, McBride, Morris, Nealey, Ormsby, Ortiz-Self, Orwall, Pellicciotti, Peterson, Pettigrew, Pollet, Reeves, Riccelli, Robinson, Ryu, Santos, Sawyer, Sells, Senn, Slatter, Springer, Stambaugh, Stanford, Stonier, Sullivan, Tarleton, Tharinger, Valdez, Wylie, Mr. Speaker

Voting Nay: Representative Barkis, Blake, Buys, Chandler, Condotta, DeBolt, Dent, Dye, Eslick, Griffey, Hargrove, Harris, Hayes, Holy, Irwin, Jenkin, Klippert, Kraft, Kretz, Kristiansen, MacEwen, Manweller, Maycumber, McCabe, McCaslin, McDonald, Muri, Orcutt, Pike, Rodne, Schmick, Shea, Steele, Stokesbary, Taylor, Van Werven, Vick, Volz, Walsh, Wilcox, Young

Excused: Representative Smith

Seven Republicans voted in favor of passing the bill, including Michelle Caldier, Paul Graves, Larry Haler, Mark Harmsworth, Norm Johnson, Terri Nealey, and Melanie Stambaugh. Democratic State Representative Brian Blake (an outspoken gun enthusiast and supporter of the National Rifle Association) voted nay.

Representative Graves (R-5th District: Issaquah, Snoqualmie, Maple Valley, North Bend) offered a floor amendment requiring the Washington State Patrol to “establish and administer a bump-fire stock buy-back program to allow a person to relinquish a bump-fire stock to the WSP or participating local law enforcement agencies in exchange for a monetary payment of $150.” This was adopted.

Since the House has changed the bill, it will now have to go back to the Senate for a concurrence vote before it can be sent to Governor Inslee.

NPI sincerely thanks the fifty-six state representatives who voted in favor of ESB 5992 as amended. There is so much more we can do to prevent gun violence, but this bill gets us a little bit closer to a future where strong gun safety laws are in place to protect our people. The bipartisan support this bill received in both the Washington State House and Senate is welcome and encouraging.

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