Senate candidate Dhingra vows to introduce gun safety legislation

  • Wednesday, October 4, 2017 11:18am
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Manka Dhingra

Redmond resident Manka Dhingra, 45th Legislative District state Senate Democratic candidate, intends to introduce several pieces of gun safety legislation if she’s elected in November. Today’s announcement comes in the wake of Sunday’s deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas and the shooting three weeks ago at Freeman High School south of Spokane.

The senior deputy prosecutor at the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is endorsed by the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility.

“It is unacceptable that we have 100 gun deaths every day in this country,” said Dhingra in a press release. “I am tired of hearing about mass shootings and school shootings on the news. There are reasonable and realistic steps we can take to make it harder for people to commit suicide with a gun, or perpetrate domestic violence, or go on one of the terrifying mass shootings that have become all too common.”

She added that she will use her experience as a prosecutor and advocate for mental health policy in the Senate to help keep families and communities safer.

She will work with legislators to pass legislation already proposed as well as introduce three specific bills to advance gun safety in Washington state: Ban on bump stocks, closing loopholes for domestic-violence offenders and individuals who have a history of violence and are found to be incompetent.

“We can respect people’s Second Amendment rights while closing these dangerous loopholes that currently exist in our gun safety laws,” said Dhingra. “Whether it’s access to weapons that are effectively fully automatic, or holding the perpetrators of domestic violence accountable, or helping those in mental health crisis, these are all important steps that can save lives. We can and must reject the status quo and gridlock that allow these horrifying shootings to occur.”

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