I recorded a video last week that describes my dissapointment at not passing HB 1588, a quite reasonable bill that would have required background checks on gun purchasers to ensure that we are not enabling felons or those with serious mental health or domestic violence issues to purchase guns. The bill has been written about extensively in the press so I don’t want to recap that here, but the video will give you some sense of why members are concerned that people can carry assault rifles (or any firearm for that matter) into the galleries overlooking the House Chamber.
About the Author
I am the Director of the Department of Early Learning for Washington State. I formerly represented the 48th Legislative District in the State House of Representatives, chairing the Appropriations committee and spent many a year at Microsoft.