Washington State has some strict gun control laws. Presidential candidate demorat Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bunch more of new laws on May 7 saying, “Our state is a leader on #gunsafety but more work is needed to protect our students & the people of WA. That’s why today I am so happy to sign bills that ban untraceable ghost guns, keep guns away from our most vulnerable Washingtonians & improve gun safety overall.”
Some of their gun control laws include the following (from Wikipedia):
Statutory law prohibits firearms to persons under 21 years of age.
Police may temporarily seize guns from people a judge deems a threat to themselves or others.
In November 2018, voters approved I-1639 that includes increased background checks, firearm safety training, waiting periods before semiautomatic assault rifles may be purchased or delivered, and require certain secured firearm storage or trigger-locks, and criminalize certain firearm storage if it results in unauthorized use.
So of course, shootings must be down since the new laws were enacted, right? Wrong.
In the last month, Seattle has had more than one reported shooting a day somewhere in the city; two of those incidents resulted in death.
Here’s a summary of recent shootings in Washington:
Deadly shooting in Seattle fourth shooting scene across Puget Sound area in 12 hours (May 29)
Woman, 2 Children Hurt In Shooting At Seattle’s Pritchard Beach (May 27)
Two more shootings after fatal Central District incident in Seattle (May 11)
Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of Everett woman (May 25)
Man allegedly hiding drugs in butt accidentally shoots himself in testicles (This man has 13 felonies yet somehow obtained a firearm; May 22)
East Central (Spokane) shooting victim crawled through window, was discovered by residents who’d never met him (May 22)
Rockford shooting suspect arrested in Washington state (May 8)
Fight among three generations of men escalates into gunfire (In Everett; May 29)
Woman shot in the face at Marine Park in Tacoma (May 7)
Overnight shooting in Tacoma (May 7)