February 12, 2014 In the News
Redmond Reporter: Washington State Legislature House of Representatives passes bill to save the lives of domestic violence victims
The Redmond Reporter writes
Today in Olympia, in a 97-0 vote, the Washington State Legislature House of Representatives passed HB 1840, likely the only gun safety bill to come out of the legislature this year.
For years, advocates for victims and survivors of domestic violence have called for laws to remove firearms from domestic violence offenders. More than half of the homicide victims in this country are women killed at the hands of their intimate partners, usually with a firearm.
Rep. Roger Goodman, on the bill’s passage said, “There are too many tragic deaths in our state. I think of Melissa Batten, a software developer in Redmond who secured a protection order against her estranged husband, who then shot Melissa eight times and turned the gun on himself. Melissa’s life could have been saved.”[…]
HB 1840 now heads to the Senate Law and Justice Committee for consideration.