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Moms Demand Action Applauds House Committee for Advancing Legislation to Establish the Washington Office of Firearm Violence Prevention House Committee

The Washington chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following statement after the Washington House Appropriations Committee advanced legislation to establish the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention. The office would promote effective state and local efforts to reduce preventable injuries and deaths from daily gun violence in Washington. 

“Washington is closer than ever to prioritizing gun violence prevention in communities that experience daily gun violence,” said Catherine Parker, a volunteer with the Washington chapter of Moms Demand Action. “The Office of Firearm Violence Prevention will be a vital resource to prevent gun violence in Washington state. We’ll continue to work tirelessly until this bill is passed and signed into law.”    

The Office of Firearm Violence Prevention would promote effective state and local efforts to reduce preventable injuries and deaths from daily gun violence in Washington. While Washington is a national leader in gun violence prevention, the state has not historically prioritized local violence intervention and prevention programs aimed at reducing interpersonal gun violence. Establishing the Washington Office of Firearm Violence Prevention would allow the state to support several effective gun violence reduction initiatives and create a case study for funding throughout the state.  

Statistics about gun violence in Washington are available here, and information on how Washington’s gun laws compare to other states overall is available here.