Washington considering bill to allow State Patrol to destroy seized guns
By Jon Street
The Washington state legislature is currently considering a bill that would allow state patrol officers to destroy confiscated firearms.
The legislation was introduced Jan. 20 and is currently under consideration by the House Rules Committee. Ten Democrats and two Republicans are sponsoring the bill.
Washington State Patrol Capt. Monica Alexander said she supports the bill not because she wants fewer people to own guns but because she wants criminals to have less access to them.
“Obviously the state patrol has no problem with people responsibly and legally owning firearms, but it is important for us to do our part and keep citizens safe,” Alexander told the Tacoma News Tribune.
The bill would allow Washington State Patrol officers the freedom to exercise “discretion” when it comes to whether to keep, trade, sell or destroy “any forfeited firearm” from a person who is not legally authorized to have a gun, whether because of past criminal history or their mental state.
Right now, the Washington State Patrol is legally permitted to keep up to 10 percent of the firearms it confiscates. The rest are either sold or traded in for pistols, which officers then carry with them. According to KIRO-TV, the state …Read the Rest
Source:: The Blaze