January 31, 2020 Blog

Second 2020 Legislative Recap

The 2020 legislative session continues to look promising! We are so grateful to our coalition partners who rallied support for gun violence prevention policies this week.

On Tuesday, we joined Grandmothers Against Gun Violence for their Lobby Day, which was followed by Moms Demand Action’s Lobby Day on Wednesday. Together, legislators heard from hundreds of GVP advocates this week. Special thanks to Governor Jay Inslee and First Lady Trudi Inslee who continue to amplify these efforts in Olympia.

The House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee heard three important GVP bills on Wednesday: Vulnerable Adult Protection Orders (HB 2305), Order to Surrender Weapons (HB 2622), and Misdemeanor Prohibitions (HB 2623). You can track these — and all GVP bills — with us over at our Legislative Session HQ.

Next week, we’ll be back in the Senate as the Law & Justice Committee considers bills concerning threats to commit mass violence (SB 6307) and restoration of firearm rights (SB 6289), before the looming House of Origin policy cutoff, the last day to pass bills out of committee, on Friday, February 7.

Tomorrow, we will take time to recognize the kinds of tragedies these laws will help prevent when we gather at a vigil to remember the victims of the Seattle shootings last week. Please join us at 2 pm in Occidental Square in Pioneer Square. More details are available on our Facebook page.

We’re also busy planning for our Lobby Day on Friday, February 14 — the second anniversary of the Parkland shooting. If you haven’t already, please RSVP here.

Thanks for doing your part to prove gun violence IS preventable!

–Dylan O’Connor is the Policy and Coalition Coordinator