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Another gun bill stalls in state legislature

Another gun bill stalls in state legislature
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Another measure seeking to control gun violence failed in the state Legislature on Wednesday, with senators deciding not to vote on a bill that would have required people to surrender their weapons when they are placed under a restraining order.

Democratic Rep. Roger Goodman, the bill's sponsor, expressed frustration by the lack of a vote, saying the measure was the most rational bill related to guns that the Legislature was considering this year. The measure had passed the House 61-37 but didn't get consideration from a Republican-dominated coalition in the Senate.

"Apparently some of these Republicans don't mind violent abusers keeping their guns," said Goodman, who is from Kirkland.

Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, said the measure didn't get a vote because some were concerned about the idea of taking guns away from people who haven't been convicted of a crime.

Goodman said he had worked with the National Rifle Association on the bill. It would have prohibited people from possessing a firearm while a protective order is in place, with Goodman saying the bill was necessary to protect victims of domestic violence.

Gov. Jay Inslee also expressed disappointment with the fate of the measure, calling it common-sense gun safety legislation.

"Washingtonians would be right to be bitterly disappointed," Inslee said.

Lawmakers also considered a bill earlier in the session to expand background checks on gun sales, but that measure failed to get enough votes in the House.

Lawmakers have moved ahead with a plan to create a registry of gun offenders that law enforcement officials can access.