Governor signs bill to protect domestic violence victims

May 20, 2014

By Staff

House Bill 1840, signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on March 28, was the only gun safety bill to pass the Legislature this session.

Sponsored by State Rep. Roger Goodman, HB 1840 aligns Washington state law with federal law by removing firearms from those subject to protection orders. Under federal law, when protection orders are issued against domestic violence offenders, they must surrender their firearms. Current state law allows domestic abusers to keep an arsenal of weapons.

Victims, survivors and advocates have long called for the removal of firearms from domestic violence offenders.

HB 1840 goes into effect Dec. 1.

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