Introduced by Rep. Jim Moeller (Vancouver) (D) on January 1, 2007 To expand the criminal definition of “reckless endangerment” to include storing a loaded firearm in a location where a child could reasonably be expected to and does gain access to a firearm. Exemptions are made if the firearm is stored in a secure lockbox, gun safe, or other secure location. Reckless endangerment is a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail or a fine no more than $5,000, or both. Firearm dealers would be required to offer to sell a lockbox, gun safe, or a device designed to prevent the firearm from discharging. Violators would be guilty of a class 3 civil infraction subject to a $50 penalty. Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on January 8, 2007