Gun service suspension possible in Washington state budget crisis
By Chris Eger
“The Clock is running out,” warned Gov. Jay Inslee as the current budget it set to expire June 30. (Photo: governor.wa.gov)
Officials have warned that if a budget is not worked out in coming days, state services supporting gun sales and licensing could be put on hold.
With the Washington Legislature unable to agree on a budget, Gov. Jay Inslee this week called a third special session to deliver a state budget before the current one runs out on June 30. If lawmakers can’t make it work, among the list of services slated to be furloughed July 1 in a partial government shutdown are those concerning firearms dealer and concealed pistol licensing.
“The clock is running out,” Inslee said. “There are nine days remaining in the current fiscal year. Nine days that we need the legislators to buckle down and produce a two-year biennial budget for the state of Washington.”
As reported by KOMO News, 32,000 state employees are getting layoff warning slips, sparking angry rallies with attendees urging lawmakers to produce a budget.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade group for the firearms industry, warns the shutdown could provide heartburn to both gun shops and gun owners.
“Firearms dealers and gun owners have reason