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After passing a slate of new gun safety laws in the past decade, Washington is among the top 10 states in terms of gun law strength. The Evergreen State’s gun death rate is below the national average. Recently enacted laws include background checks on all gun sales, an Extreme Risk law, laws addressing police accountability, and barring carry at the state capitol and at public demonstrations.

853 In an average year, 853 people die by guns in Washington. More at EveryStat.
#9 in the country for Gun Law Strength. (Up from #10 last year). See why.

Washington also has notably strong minimum age and sales records laws, and has begun to make significant investments in community violence intervention funding. In 2023, Washington passed laws to hold gun industry members accountable when their actions result in harm, ban the sale and manufacture of assault weapons, expand safety training and waiting period requirements for firearm purchases, and require schools to notify families about secure firearm storage.

The Latest

Following Testimony by Washington Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action Volunteers, Senate Law and Justice Committee Advances Gun Safety Legislation 

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