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File #: 2022-0221    Version:
Type: Motion Status: Passed
File created: 6/7/2022 In control: Committee of the Whole
On agenda: Final action: 7/26/2022
Enactment date: Enactment #: 16180
Title: A MOTION requesting the King County executive assess the feasibility of establishing a year-round voluntary safe firearm and ammunition return program within the King County sheriff's office.
Sponsors: Rod Dembowski, Girmay Zahilay, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Joe McDermott, Claudia Balducci, Sarah Perry
Indexes: Executive, Firearms, Sheriff
Attachments: 1. Motion 16180, 2. 2022-0221 AMD1 bar, 3. 2022-0221_GunReturn_SR, 4. 2022-0221_RevisedSR_GunReturn
Staff: Bowman, Nick
Drafter
Clerk 07/21/2022
Title
A MOTION requesting the King County executive assess the feasibility of establishing a year-round voluntary safe firearm and ammunition return program within the King County sheriff's office.
Body
WHEREAS, as of May 26, 2022, there have been 231 mass shootings in the United States this year where 4 or more people have been shot, 27 of which occurred in schools, and
WHEREAS, the racist attack in Buffalo, New York, on May 14, 2022, killed 10 innocent people, and 10 days later, the May 24, 2022, shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas killed 19 fourth graders and two teachers and seriously injured many others, both physically and mentally, and
WHEREAS, gun violence killed more than 45,000 people in the United States last year including through homicides, suicides and accidental deaths, with suicides making up more than half of all gun related deaths, and
WHEREAS, gun violence is the leading cause of death for children and teens up to 19 years old in the United States, and
WHEREAS, with only 4 percent of the world's population, the United States possesses nearly 46 percent of all civilian-owned firearms in the world, which is 393 million out of an estimated 857 million civilian-owned firearms worldwide, and
WHEREAS, like the rest of the nation, King County is suffering under an increase in gun violence, and
WHEREAS, in 2021, according to data from the King County prosecutor, the total number of shots fired in King County was up approximately 54 percent, the number of overall shooting victims was up 70 percent, and the number of shooting fatalities was up 54 percent over the 4-year average from 2017 through 2020, and
WHEREAS, the 460 shooting victims reported in 2021 were disproportionately people of color at 81 percent and 48 percent of fatal and nonfatal victims identified as Black, and
WHEREAS, King County has implemented programs and policies to increase gun safety, including requiring the destruction of f...

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