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Invoking Florida Shooting, Inslee Urges Lawmakers To Act On Gun Bills

At his weekly news conference Wednesday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee called on state lawmakers to pass gun control measures.
Austin Jenkins
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Northwest News Network
At his weekly news conference Wednesday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee called on state lawmakers to pass gun control measures.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is reiterating his call for state lawmakers to pass a series of what he calls “common sense” gun control measures. The Democrat made his comments Wednesday in response to the Florida school shooting.

“Thoughts and prayers are not enough, our students and our families deserve action and it is my hope that the legislature takes action this year to provide safety for our students and, in fact, for all of us,” Inslee said.

Specifically, Inslee wants the Legislature to pass a ban on bump stocks. That bill has already passed the Washington Senate. He’s also calling on lawmakers to resurrect a bill that would expand background checks for military-style rifles and raise the age of purchase to 21.

Asked about lawmakers who may be concerned about the political fallout of voting for gun control measures, Inslee was impatient.

“Doesn’t matter, doesn’t matter whether you’re going to lose your seat to some degree,” he said. “If somebody’s life is on the line, do your job. That’s the way I feel about it.”

Democrats currently control both the Washington House and Senate.

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Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy as well as the Washington State legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia." Prior to joining the Northwest News Network, Austin worked as a television reporter in Seattle, Portland and Boise. Austin is a graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle and Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. Austin’s reporting has been recognized with awards from the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Austin Jenkins
Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."