HB 2118 2023-24 - BAD Bill

Bill Title: Protecting the public from gun violence by establishing additional requirements for the business operations of licensed firearms dealers.

Committee: Civil Rights and Judiciary
Companion Bill: SB 6266

Bill Summary:

  • AN ACT Relating to protecting the public from gun violence by establishing additional requirements for the business operations of licensed firearms dealers; amending RCW 9.41.110; and providing an effective date.

What the Bill says:

  • It will require  licensed dealers to keep daily records, monthly inventories, and 6 years worth of video surveillances backed up to external devices. It requires reporting of all sales with the customer’s identified to both the manufacturer and law enforcement if wanted by the government agency. It mandates types of security measures required to prevent theft of weapons.

Our Summary Opinion:

  • It is putting dealers in the difficult spot of higher levels of record keeping and reporting. It also mandates annual finger printing and reporting of personnel or staff. While some parts of this bill are good some parts aren’t. Having a level of security to prevent loss and theft is good. Most stores already have this in place. However, again this is a step in the direction of a gun registry which is currently unlawful in this state and should remain so in the protection of legal citizens and their rights.
Status: The house bill had a hearing on January 16th and executive session is scheduled for the 19th. This senate bill is not has not been assigned a committee yet.

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