House passes bill to let State Patrol destroy crime guns
Added 01-23-20 05:22:02pm EST - “After years of trying, the Washington state House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that allows the State Patrol to destroy guns they confiscated during criminal investigations.” - Washingtontimes.com
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SEATTLE (AP) - After years of trying, the Washington state House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that allows the State Patrol to destroy guns they confiscated during criminal investigations.
The measure gives the State Patrol the option available to all other law enforcement agencies in the state - to keep, trade, auction or destroy forfeited crime guns.
Passage by the chamber of House Bill 1010, a holdover from the last session, followed a year-long investigation by The Associated Press that found that more than a dozen weapons sold by state law enforcement agencies turned up in new criminal cases.
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One gun sold by the Washington State Patrol was used by an Army veteran to kill himself, the AP found. The bullet went through a wall and narrowly missed his neighbor’s head as she bent down to pull her baby boy out of the bathtub.
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