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2020 Senate Bill 6288: Creating the Washington office of firearm violence prevention
Introduced by Sen. Manka Dhingra (Redmond) (D) on January 15, 2020
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Referred to the Senate Law & Justice Committee on January 15, 2020
Substitute offered in the Senate on January 23, 2020
Creates the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention within the Department of Commerce.
Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on January 24, 2020
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 11, 2020
Amendment offered by Sen. John Braun (Centralia) (R) on February 18, 2020
(1) Removes provision related to the duty of the office to research, identify, and recommend legislative policy options to promote the implementation of statewide evidence-based firearm violence intervention and prevention strategies; (2) Removes provision related to the duty of the office to research, identify, and apply for nonstate funding to aid the in research, analysis, and implementation of statewide firearm violence intervention and prevention strategies.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 18, 2020
Amendment offered by Sen. John Braun (Centralia) (R) on February 18, 2020
Adds to the duties of the office a focus on reducing instances of firearm deaths by suicide (which comprise 75% of firearm deaths in Washington over the last five years). Initial report to Legislature must include efforts and progress in reducing firearm deaths by suicide.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 18, 2020
Amendment offered by Sen. Ron Muzzall (Oak Harbor) (R) on February 18, 2020
Renames office the Office of Safety and Violence Prevention. Expands focus to violence prevention of all types.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 18, 2020
Amendment offered by Sen. Mike Padden (Spokane Valley) (R) on February 18, 2020
Prohibits the Washington office of firearm violence prevention from awarding program grants to any community-based organization owned by a billionaire.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 18, 2020
Amendment offered by Sen. Emily Randall (Port Orchard) (D) on February 18, 2020
(1) Authorizes the office of firearm violence prevention to contract for a statewide helpline and referral service for gun violence victims and others impacted by gun violence and professionals who provide services for gun violence victims in their community. (2) Authorizes the office of firearm violence prevention to contract for a best practice guide for therapy for gun violence victims. (3) Adds firearm safety to duties of the office. (4) Adds suicide prevention to the purpose of the grant program.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 18, 2020
Amendment offered by Sen. Mark Schoesler (Ritzville) (R) on February 18, 2020
1) Revises program's purpose to promote safe firearm practices and support firearm safety initiatives. (2) Renames the grant program "Washington firearm safety grant program.".
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 18, 2020
Amendment offered by Sen. Shelly Short (Addy) (R) on February 18, 2020
Adds law enforcement agencies in cities that are disproportionately impacted by violence to the organizations eligible to receive a program grant.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 18, 2020
Amendment offered by Sen. Lynda Wilson (Clark County) (R) on February 18, 2020
Replaces "evidence-based" with "scientific, peer- reviewed" firearm violence intervention and prevention strategies.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 18, 2020
Amendment offered by Sen. Lynda Wilson (Clark County) (R) on February 18, 2020
Requires the office of firearm violence prevention to work with specified groups to establish a firearms safety program for school-aged children in prekindergarten through grade 12.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 18, 2020
Received in the House on February 21, 2020
Referred to the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee on February 21, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Tom Dent (Moses Lake) (R) on March 5, 2020
Modifies the legislative findings to specify that organized gang violence disproportionately impacts low-income communities and communities of color.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 5, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Dan Griffey (Allyn) (R) on March 5, 2020
Adds Indian tribes and tribal organizations to the list of entities to which program grant funds may be distributed.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 5, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Morgan Irwin (Enumclaw) (R) on March 5, 2020
Gives grant award preference to law enforcement agencies impacted by firearm violence against officers, in addition to applicants whose proposals demonstrate the greatest likelihood of reducing firearm violence in the applicant's community.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 5, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Morgan Irwin (Enumclaw) (R) on March 5, 2020
Specifies that the community-based organizations to which program grant funds may be distributed are those primarily dedicated to community safety, victims' rights, or violence prevention.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 5, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Morgan Irwin (Enumclaw) (R) on March 5, 2020
Modifies the duties of the Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention to exclude recommending legislative policy options, and to specify that such options address (rather than promote) implementation of certain strategies.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 5, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Gina Mosbrucker (Goldendale) (R) on March 5, 2020
Adds coordination with Forefront Suicide Prevention to expand access to suicide prevention trainings to the duties of the office.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 5, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Matt Shea (Spokane Valley) (R) on March 5, 2020
Prohibits the use of grants for any firearm buy-back program or other initiative that involves using taxpayer funds for the physical reduction of firearms.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 5, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Drew Stokesbary (Auburn) (R) on March 5, 2020
Changes the Washington Firearm Violence Intervention and Prevention grant program into performance-based contracts and tasks the Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention with developing metrics to ensure contracts achieve a reduction in firearm-related violence in the community served.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 5, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Robert J. Sutherland (Granite Falls) (R) on March 5, 2020
Modifies the duties of the Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention to specify that certain firearm violence intervention and prevention strategies be scientific and peer-reviewed (rather than evidence-based).
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 5, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Jim Walsh (Aberdeen) (R) on March 5, 2020
Removes the reference to mass incarceration in provision related to grant proposals reducing firearm violence in the applicant's community.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 5, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Jim Walsh (Aberdeen) (R) on March 5, 2020
Adds a focus on firearm safety, to include preventing firearm misfires from faulty ammunition, as an additional duty of the Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention. Includes duds, squibs, stovepipes, failure to feed, and barrel obstruction as examples of faulty ammunition.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 5, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Alex Ybarra (Grant County) (R) on March 5, 2020
Adds a focus on the reduction in the instances of firearm deaths by suicide to the duties of the office. Provides that the initial report to the legislature must include efforts and progress on the reduction of firearm deaths by suicide.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 5, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Alex Ybarra (Grant County) (R) on March 5, 2020
Modifies the purpose of the grant program to include supporting effective firearm violence reduction initiatives in communities that are disproportionately affected by gang-related activity.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 5, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Jesse Young (Gig Harbor) (R) on March 5, 2020
(1) Creates an oversight board established by the Department of Commerce with 12 members consisting of: members of the legislature; representatives from the firearm, firearm responsibility, and constitutional rights community; law enforcement; tribal representatives; and citizens from Eastern and Western Washington. (2) Provides that the purpose of the board is to oversee and monitor the Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention and ensure fidelity and accountability to its stated statutory purpose. (3) Requires the board to meet twice a year and report to the Governor and the Legislature annually, with an initial report due December 1, 2020.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 5, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Jesse Young (Gig Harbor) (R) on March 5, 2020
Changes the name of the office to the Washington Office of Firearm Safety, Suicide, and Violence Prevention, instead of the Washington Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 5, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Jesse Young (Gig Harbor) (R) on March 5, 2020
Changes the name of the Washington Firearm Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program to the Washington Firearm Safety, Suicide, and Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 5, 2020
Received in the Senate on March 10, 2020
Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on April 2, 2020

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