Gun bill stalls in Washington state Senate

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OLYMPIA (AP) — Another measure seeking to control gun violence failed in the state Legislature Wednesday, with senators deciding not to vote on a bill that would have required people to surrender their weapons when they are placed under a restraining order.

Democratic Rep. Roger Goodman, the bill’s sponsor, expressed frustration by the lack of a vote, saying the measure was the most rational bill on guns the Legislature was considering this year. The measure had passed the House 61-37 but didn’t get consideration from a Republican-dominated coalition in the Senate.

“Apparently some of these Republicans don’t mind violent abusers keeping their guns,” said Goodman, who is from Kirkland.

Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, said the measure didn’t get a vote because of concern about taking guns away from people who haven’t been convicted of a crime.

Lawmakers considered a bill earlier in the session to expand background checks on gun sales, but it failed to get enough votes in the House. Lawmakers have moved ahead with a plan to create a registry of gun offenders that law enforcement officials can access.

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