Implementation of Existing Law

Passing stronger gun laws is just the beginning. We have to make them work.

Washington State has taken important steps in the last few years to strengthen our gun laws. Closing the background check loophole, helping victims remove firearms from domestic violence situations, and creating firearm return notifications are just a few of the major accomplishments shared by voters and legislators alike.

Yet effective laws mean having laws that are successfully implemented and working to achieve the common goal: keeping firearms out of the wrong hands. The Alliance for Gun Responsibility is committed to enhancing and strengthening our current law – through funding, improved procedure, and data collection – to make sure our laws are as effective as possible.

Implementation of House Bill 1840

In 2014, House Bill 1840 passed the Legislature in Washington State after years of opposition by the gun lobby. The purpose of the legislation was to remove firearms from those subject to a domestic violence protective order. The Alliance for Gun Responsibility Foundation has commissioned a study, in partnership with stakeholders and the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy, to determinate the state of House Bill 1840. This survey will also help develop recommendations for all branches of government and practical ways that stakeholders can work together to successfully utilize the law, and provide a best practice case study for other states looking to implement similar laws.

Enhancing and Strengthening Our Background Check System

Governor Inslee’s Executive Order 16-02 (January 6, 2016) includes two important activities related to implementation and improvement of background checks. The Office of Financial Management is conducting an unprecedented analysis of the overall background check system, while the Attorney General’s Office is dedicating additional resources to addressing individuals whose background checks are denied. Taken together, these activities will help provide a roadmap for building on the already significant successes of Washington State’s background check laws, which have helped prevent tens of thousands of prohibited individuals from purchasing firearms since the Brady Background Check Act was implemented in 1998.