'I do not see any gun control bills gaining any traction'
I invited Rep. Tony Cornish , chairman of the House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee, to join us for the Post-Bulletin Dialogue meeting on Monday regarding gun violence and here's his response -- as you'll note, he was fine with my using his comments:
"No, I would not be interested in attending this meeting. Any gun control laws coming to my committee would get a very skeptical look, if a hearing at all. With the current terrorism and shootings, the last thing I would want to do with is make it harder for someone to get a firearm to defend themselves. I am not familiar with any of (Rep. Kim Norton's) proposals that would do any good to stop the violence.
"There is one that the liberal gun control people support that is far too broad. It's known as the 'red flag bill' in other states.
"With the current makeup of the Legislature, I do not see any gun control bills gaining any traction. You may quote me on any of this. Thank you."
For the record, Norton hasn't proposed anything yet, but she says she wants to address this issue in what's apparently to be her final legislative session; she has announced she won't seek re-election next year.
And I'll add a few links -- one to the NRA , of course -- regarding the "red flag" legislation that was introduced in the state House and Senate last spring and went nowhere.