Wagoner bill takes common-sense approach to firearm sales, transfers

39th District senator says proposal respects Second Amendment, maintains public safety

OLYMPIA… A new bill sponsored by Sen. Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley, would make a sensible change to the state law regulating firearm transfers and sales, to cover situations when those involved have already passed the required background check.

Senate Bill 6476 would allow individuals who have already undergone the rigorous background check necessary to obtain a concealed-weapons permit to sell or transfer a firearm without undergoing a redundant and unnecessary secondary screening,” said Wagoner. I believe this bill upholds our Second Amendment rights while still maintaining public safety.”

The background-check law requires that all firearms sales or transfers in Washington, including by dealers, online, at gun shows and between private persons, are subject to background checks unless specifically exempted.

 Wagoner’s bill would simply add a sentence to the law to acknowledge that the background check associated with a concealed pistol license will also suffice for firearm transfers or sales.

“Having multiple background checks for a single transaction is a needless requirement on gun owners who have already undergone the process,” Wagoner explained.

His bill has been referred to the Senate Law and Justice Committee.


For more information contact
Jim Valley at (360) 786-7066 or james.valley@leg.wa.gov
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