King County Council Chair Joe McDermott has introduced several initiatives to protect our residents from gun violence. He has also called on the state legislature to lift the ban imposed on local jurisdictions prohibiting local governments from enacting laws that might limit the sale or possession of firearms in Washington State.
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.
Read below to find out about the steps we are taking to address gun safety in King County.
Storage of firearms
Require gun owners to securely store firearms and ammunition at all times, both in homes and vehicles.
Establish a county program to offer monetary assistance to gun owners for purchase firearm storage units.
Disclosure of information on health risks related to firearms
This legislation will require dealers and those transferring ownership of their firearm to post warning signs disclosing the significant increase in risks to health and life from firearm ownership at the time of sale or transfer of a firearm. Signs will also include contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
At all times, operators of shooting ranges will be required to post warning signs disclosing the significant increase in risks to health and life from firearm ownership and also contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.