Gov. Jay Inslee signs three gun safety bills into law

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed three pieces of gun safety legislation into law on Wednesday, with survivors of gun violence in attendance at the signing.

The legislation includes HB 1705, prohibiting ghost guns; HB 1630, prohibiting firearms in public gatherings, including school board meetings, voting centers and other offices related to elections; and Senate Bill 5078, prohibiting high-capacity magazines.

5078 prohibits the manufacture, sale, import or transfer of large-capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

The current possession of high-capacity magazines is not affected.

The bill, sponsored at the request of Washington’s attorney general Bob Ferguson, was first proposed in 2016.

Volunteers from the Washington chapter of Moms Demand Action were also present at the signing.

Also in attendance was Kim Gatbunton, whose son, Joshua, was shot and killed in Tacoma during an attempted robbery in 2008.

Gatbunton released the following quote about the signing:

“Today is a proud day for gun violence survivors, advocates, volunteers, and legislative champions in Washington State. While standing in the room with Governor Inslee today, I can’t help but think about Joshua and all who have been affected by gun violence in our state. These bills won’t change what has happened, but they will help make sure other families never have to endure the pain and trauma our family deals with. I’m grateful for Governor Inslee’s leadership in this movement and for a day when we can end gun violence in the Evergreen state.”