Rep. Mike Hope, R-Lake Stevens, has introduced a bill to make Washington safer. The bill has a singular purpose—stopping criminals with guns. In Washington state reducing gun crimes could save a lot of lives. According to a Department of Health study, in 2009 more people in Washington state were killed by guns than died in traffic accidents.Hope’s bill would create a criminal gun database, much like the sex offender registry that is currently used.
The idea behind the criminal gun database is to make the faces of criminals familiar to police so they can easily recognize potential threats in advance.
Entry into the criminal gun database is determined at the time of sentencing and is up to the discretion of the presiding judge. Listing in the criminal gun database would last four years.
“We need to be proactive instead of reactive. Any cop can tell you there is usually a progression of violence in crimes. Data tells us that people who commit murder have, almost always, committed a lesser offense with a weapon. In order to make a difference we must focus on criminals and their behavior before they escalate their actions. This bill is a practical solution that zeros in on the offenders,” Hope said.