Our sixth annual scorecard is here! In 2015, the Alliance began grading Washington state legislators on their support for gun violence prevention. The scorecard measures each legislator’s commitment to reducing the number of gun deaths and injuries in Washington state as demonstrated by their votes, sponsorships, and advocacy.
We have made incredible progress in Olympia in the last five years and it shows! For the second year in a row, a record number of legislators received A++ and A+ ratings. These champions proved their commitment to reducing gun violence by sponsoring and voting for crucial gun safety bills and by supporting community advocacy efforts.
None of our success would have been possible without the commitment of House Speaker Laurie Jinkins (D-27), Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig (D-3) and the leadership of committee chairs Sen. Jamie Pedersen (D-43), Rep. Christine Kilduff (D-28), and Rep. Gael Tarleton (D-36). We also owe a special thanks to the prime sponsors of key gun responsibility priorities: Rep. Javier Valdez (D-46), Rep. Beth Doglio (D-22), Rep. Strom Peterson (D-21), Rep. Nicole Macri (D-43), Rep. Drew Hansen (D-23), Rep. Tana Senn (D-41), Rep. Lauren Davis (D-32), Rep. Sharon Wylie (D-49), Rep. Amy Walen (D-48), Rep. John Lovick (D-44), Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-45), Sen. David Frockt (D-46), Sen. Claire Wilson (D-30), Sen. Marko Liias (D-21), Sen. Mona Das (D-47), and Sen. Patty Kuderer (D-48).
But despite the commitment of our gun responsibility champions, the legislature failed to pass a bill to restrict access to high-capacity magazines once again. As the gun responsibility majority in Olympia grows, our opposition continues to dig their heels in. This disappointment and the continued opposition of gun lobby legislators is reflected in the record number of F and F- grades given this year. These legislators actively worked against efforts to keep our communities safe from gun violence.