Moms Demand Action isn’t done pushing for tougher gun laws in Washington State.
After the passage of I-594, the universal background check mandate, in November, activists for the group now have their sights set on passing laws that would establish criminal penalties for adults who fail to keep firearms out of the hands of children and “Extreme Risk Protection Orders.”
“My brother shot me when I was 8 years old,” said Liz Hjelmseth who was one of the members to appear at the state capitol on Wednesday to present more than 10,000 signatures on petitions to lawmakers.
“It’s a weapon, it only has one use. It’s to kill and children just shouldn’t have to make those kinds of decisions,” she said.
With respect to the Extreme Risk Protection Orders, members believe it will provide law enforcement and family members with a tool to disarm those who are believed to be a danger to themselves and others.
“(That) will help parents and law enforcement (officers when they) see those kinds of issues happening. They (will) have a way to intervene and temporarily remove guns from an individual who might hurt themselves or others,” said activist Jane Weiss.
Many on the pro-gun side view “Extreme Risk Protection Orders” as a way to open the door for false accusations and the unjustified confiscation of one’s firearms. However, the sponsor of the bill, Sen. David Frockt (D-Seattle) says those fears are overblown.
“No, it will not be abused because, No. 1, it’s a penalty, a criminal penalty if anyone files a false affidavit. No. 2, they have to get a judge (to agree),” said Frockt.