SB 6001 - BAD Bill

Bill Title: Concerning the disposition of privately owned firearms in the custody of state or local government entities or law enforcement agencies.

Committee: Law and Justice
Companion Bill: HB 2021

Bill Summary:

  • AN ACT Relating to the disposition of privately owned firearms in the custody of state or local government entities or law enforcement agencies; and amending RCW 9.41.098.

What the Bill says:

  • It will require most weapons to be destroyed if they are in police custody. Exceptions are made for antiques which they will auction, for 10% of weapons confiscated for police inventory and use, as well as any weapons being reported stolen be returned to rightful owner.

Our Summary Opinion:

  • It is putting recovered stolen weapons at risk of being destroyed if the rightful owner doesn’t have a serial number by which to identify their weapon. It also sets up a system for a police conducted buy-back program for the destruction of guns.
Status: The house bill had a hearing on January 16th and executive session is scheduled for the 19th. This senate bill is not scheduled yet for a hearing.

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