In the absence of federal and state action on common sense gun safety laws, King County must take action to protect our residents from gun violence. Much of this work must include shedding light on the impact firearms have on the health and safety of King County residents, while taking steps to limit their impact.
The King County Gun Safety Action Plan will first:
- Require gun owners to securely store firearms and ammunition at all times, on all premises.
- Require disclosure of information on health risks related to firearms. At retail locations, signs will be posted at entrances and where firearms are sold. At ranges, they will be posted at the entrance and where used. Signs will be available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali, Chinese, Korean, Ukrainian, Amharic and Punjabi on the Public Health - Seattle & King County website.
- Work with youth and young adults to assess and provide recommendations for reducing gun violence that they experience.
- Require that the King County Sheriff’s Office destroy working forfeited weapons, including those that have been turned in by owners.
Establish a work group tasked with developing gun safety and gun violence prevention strategies based on proven public health models.
These proposals are just the beginning.
Next, the King County Gun Safety Action Plan will continue to grow in scope over time. We will incorporate recommendations from youth, young adults, and other King County partners in the fight against gun violence in our communities. That includes you. Please send us your ideas and solutions, here.
Washington state law specifically prevents local jurisdictions from limiting the sale or possession of firearms in our state.
So it’s our state leaders who have the opportunity to do that. We expect and demand they use their power to save lives, or at the very least, get out of the way and give us the local control to do it ourselves.
If and when the state preemption law is repealed by the Washington State Legislature, the King County Gun Safety Action Plan will immediately move to:
- Ban the sale and possession of semi-automatic, high velocity weapons
- Ban the sale and possession of high capacity ammunition magazines
- Raise the age to 21 for all firearm purchases and possession
- Establish a waiting period before taking possession of a firearm after purchase
- Require firearm safety training before taking possession of a firearm after purchase