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Lawmaker pushing for statewide gun-crimes registry

Lawmaker pushing for statewide gun-crimes registry
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A state lawmaker is pushing for a new gun-crimes registry to clamp down on crime.

With bipartisan support, Rep. Mike Hope, R-Lake Stevens, on Thursday introduced a bill that seeks to reduce gun violence by creating a statewide database. Much like the sex offender registry, those convicted of crimes involving guns would have to register on the criminal gun database.

But the owner of a Tacoma gun store has his doubts.

"I think it's a bad idea," said Kris Kindschuh, who says the most dangerous convicted criminals are monitored already. The gun shop owner says adding more laws won't make them comply.

"If you're committing a crime with a firearm, you should lose your gun rights for your lifetime, not four years," said Kindschuh. "You should already be registered with the officials."

Hope says under his bill, judges can require criminals to register twice a year for four years into the statewide database.

"That's a huge deterrent, and that's why we do it with sex offenders, too," he said.

Police will be able to quickly identify gun offenders and keep tabs on them after they are released back into the community.

"It gives law enforcement another tool, essentially, and I think that's what's going to help reduce gun violence," said Hope.

Hope is working to get a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee in the upcoming weeks.
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