Unsecured firearm law in Washington state would hold gun owners accountable


Author of this bill, democrat senator Guy Palumbo

From MyNorthwest.com: The deadly shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. The mass shooting at the Cascade Mall. The accidental shooting of an 8-year-old Bremerton girl at the hands of her 9-year-old classmate. All of these tragedies were the result of people getting their hands on an unsecured firearm. (One could argue that many shooting tragedies were the result of criminals pulling the trigger.)

But Washington state doesn’t have a law to punish gun owners whose weapons get in the hands of the wrong people.

Democratic state Senator Guy Palumbo is trying to change that. Palumbo introduced a bill that would make unsafe storage of a gun a crime. “It’s basically to keep the guns we do have out of the hands of dangerous people,” he said.

As the bill is currently written, a gun owner would either get a misdemeanor or felony — depending on how the gun was used — if their unsecured firearm was used illegally by someone.

You can never guarantee those wouldn’t happen — those tragedies — but certainly in those cases, this all would have had ramifications for the people’s whose guns were used in those tragedies.”

Palumbo, a gun owner himself, says it is just “common sense” to lock up firearms. “I’m a gun owner, but it’s unfair to keep them unlocked,” he said.

He admits he is not sure how well the bill will do. “It will be interesting to see if we get a hearing on it or if it passes or gets to the floor, but we’re going to keep fighting for things like this…”

A companion bill is being introduced in the House. The measures were inspired by successful policies in more than two dozen other states. The legislation would also require firearms dealers to offer gun buyers a lock box or gun lock at the time of sale, as well as post signs about the new law.

“This bill is about accountability,” Palumbo said. “So many of the tragic shootings we have seen lately could have been prevented if the gun owner had simply taken the time to store the weapon properly. As a result of this legislation, I hope we’ll start seeing more news reports about people fulfilling their potential and less about lives being cut short.”


7 responses to “Unsecured firearm law in Washington state would hold gun owners accountable

  1. This will be fine until a legislature member has a “situation” and then the law will suddenly change. Liberals are conservatives who have never been mugged.

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  2. And next on Sen. Palumbo’s agenda; legislation criminalizing the unsafe storage of claw hammers.

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  3. The first time a thug breaks into his home and he can’t retrieve his “SECURED” gun to protect his home he will be singing a different tune. What if a burglar break into his home, steals his gun and later kills someone with it? Does he think the he should be jailed also?? It all boils down to a DA’s idea of what “SECURED” means. Yes, keep your gun away from your children or other children . The real idea here in his proposal is if a home owner can’t keep his gun readily available to protect his home why even buy one!

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    • Kevin J Lankford

      All too true; no point possessing a gun you can not get to in an emergency. If a person steals a gun, he is the one and only criminal. If a person uses a gun in an illegal act he is the only criminal, (of course he may have associates in crime). If a person has a firearm stolen from him he is a victim of crime and only some one who hates our freedoms would attempt to paint the victim as a perpetrator.

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    When I was 7 years old, I was playing with about a half dozen kids the same age. We were in a trailer, and one of the kids found a small revolver and started to play with it…I immediately repeated exactly what my father taught me. “Guns are not toys, they are made to kill!” And I made that kid give me the gun and show me where he got it from. It was in a closet, and I immediately put it back where it was. We all left the trailer…And I told my father what happened, my reward was a $5 bill, which in 1951 was big money for me.
    —-He went to the guns owner and explained what happened. I was taught gun safety by my father as soon as I could hold a toy gun. Gun safety is the best safety, but most people don’t teach it! Below are some quick draw locks and safes for self defense weapons…

    —10 Fast-Access Gun Safes for Home Defense – Gun Digest
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    Sep 1, 2015 – Owning a firearm means nothing if you can’t access it quickly. Here are 10 great fast-access gun safes for home defense.

    —Smart gun lock ZORE X can alert owners if their firearm is tampered
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    —Zore quick-draw lock dials in gun safety – Gizmag
    Jul 4, 2016 – The latest effort to improve gun safety comes from Israeli startup Zore, which has developed a lock that provides access to a firearm in response

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  5. I’m listening to an ad for Liberty Gun Safes as I type this. Anyone who keeps their guns in lock-boxes or gun safes ALSO needs to PRACTICE quickly accessing those guns from various locations in the home,just like practicing your shooting. The gun is worthless to you if,in a situation,you forget the combination or can’t find the key. Not so critical for guns you don’t often use or carry.
    I believe the very safest place to store your favorite gun is ON YOU. You ALWAYS know where it is,and a kid can’t lay hands on it unless YOU let him hold it.
    And that’s a good point,too-As soon as a kid can hold a TOY gun,start teaching him gun safety-what to do if he finds a gun (Don’t touch it unless you’re TRAINED to),never assume a gun he picks up is”just a toy” (Most accidental shootings involving kids,the kid either thought it was a toy gun or thought it wasn’t loaded.),as time goes on and he gets those basics,you might even teach how to SAFELY check to see if it’s loaded and if it IS,how to PROPERLY render it safe. (6 or 7 yrs. old)
    My introduction to guns was when my best friend’s family took us to the range,when I was 8. I was taught a lot of good stuff about how to handle guns,got to shoot some smaller handguns and rifles,and one shotgun (!!) and saw some graphic evidence of what damage a gun is capable of. (Granted,a rabbit gave its life for that lesson,but it made the ramifications of actually SHOOTING somebody VERY real-even for an 8 year old.)
    I’m sure everyone has their own opinions on this subject,this is mine.

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  6. BTW-in MY opinion,all those electrical,high tech,high zoot safety devices are just more crap to go wrong when that’s the LAST thing you need. (sorta like all the “feel-good” electronics in the new cars.)

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