May 10, 2017 News
Q13Fox: Domestic Violence Victims to be Notified if Abusers Try to Buy a Gun
Q13Fox took a look at the difference that House Bill 1501, the Law Enforcement and Victim Safety bill, could make for domestic violence survivors:
“That’s why victims’ advocates are celebrating a bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee. If someone who has a felony, a domestic violence misdemeanor or is the subject of a protective order tries to buy a gun, their victim could get notified.
Stephanie shared her story of survival with the YWCA of Kitsap County in a YouTube Video.
‘My ex-husband did everything in his power to put the fear of you’re going to die. Even if it meant slashing the tires or trying to run me and the children off the road,’ said Stephanie.
Stephanie and others are now armed with knowing if their attackers try to get armed. The notification system comes with a $1.5 million price tag. The new law allows WASPC to establish a grant program. The money there would allow local law enforcement to conduct investigations into people who illegally tried to buy a firearm.
‘Any amount of money at the end of the day is a small price considering the lives it could save,’ said Stephanie.”
Watch the full story at Q13FOX.