How about, instead of treating law-abiding gun owners as criminals, we treat the criminals like criminals?
Dori is rarely optimistic about anything coming from Olympia, but one bill being proposed by State Representative Mike Hope is getting Dori excited: a proposed registry for violent offenders involved in gun crimes.
Mike came on The Dori Monson Show to explain a bill he says targets the real criminals, not responsible, law-abiding gun owners.
“The person has already had to have committed a violent felony with a firearm. And that’s the type of person we’ll be going after,” said Mike.
Mike says the law requires these felons to register on a list much like the sex offender registry. If the person fails to register or fails to update their address, police officers can arrest them. That would give them probable cause to search the offender’s residence and find any illegal guns they might have.
Similar programs have already been implemented in Baltimore, Washington, DC, and New York City. But this law would be the first state-wide program of its kind.
“What we’re seeing with Baltimore is that there was a common denominator that, when you look at their numbers, sticks out,” said Mike. “Ninety-six percent of all of the homicide suspects that have used a firearm had a prior firearm gun offense.”
Mike cites statistics from New York and Baltimore that back up the effectiveness of the law in bringing down the murder rate. In 2007, a year after New York passed tougher laws on illegal guns, the murder rate went down 17 percent.
Representative Hope isn’t just thinking from a policy-standpoint, but from a practical standpoint; Mike spends his time away from Olympia serving with the Seattle Police Department.
A list of violent criminals that is easy to access? Having their name and photo up where the world can search it? Like, OMG!
Certainly, the progressives would prefer that it was just the law abiding gun owners on a website. Thankfully, they can’t do that in Washington State.