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Washinigton Senate Passes Bill to Make Childcare Facilities Gun-Free Zones

Childcare facilities would carry the same prohibitions on deadly weapons as K-12 schools under legislation passed Thursday by the Senate.

“When parents send their kids off to school, they expect these facilities and grounds to be safe and secure,” said Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn), the bill’s sponsor. “The state already prohibits people from possessing firearms on K-12 school campuses. This bill simply extends that same common-sense policy to childcare facilities.”

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Senator Clair Wilson (D- Auburn, 30th District) | Courtesy Photo

Wilson, the vice chair of the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee, said Senate Bill 5434 would help keep younger children safe from the deadly shootings that are spilling into public venues with increasing frequency.

“We should take all reasonable steps to promote safety at facilities where children learn or are cared for,” said Wilson who is vice chair of the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee. “Parents deserve some assurance their children will be safe from deadly gun violence in venues where children congregate.”

Wilson’s bill prohibits the possession of firearms on the premises of any licensed childcare center, childcare center provided-transportation, or other childcare center facility. The bill would also require family day care providers to keep any firearm on premises in a locked gun safe or unloaded in a locked room with a trigger lock or other disabling device.

Having passed the Senate for the second year in a row, the bill again goes to the House for consideration there.

Bill Sponsors: Sponsors: Wilson, C., Hunt, Keiser, Kuderer, Nguyen, Pedersen
House Companion Bill: HB 1530
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The above is a press release from the office of Senator Claire Wilson (D-Federal Way, 30th-LD).  The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified its contents and encourages our readers to personally verify any information they find may be overly biased or questionable. The publication of this press release does not indicate an endorsement of its contents. 


One Comment

  1. Susanne Susanne February 20, 2020

    So criminals who don’t pay attention to gun free zone signs anyway, are now going to feel emboldened because law-abiding parents now won’t be able to protect themselves, their children, my children, or your children. This makes no sense. And did you notice there’s no exceptions for law enforcement officers? So now even police wouldn’t be able to protect our children in these places. This is madness.

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