WA State Warning: Push to change CWP Law from 'Shall Issue' to 'May Issue'
by CHRIS INGALLS / KING 5 News
Posted on June 1, 2012 at 5:08 PM
Updated yesterday at 5:20 PM
My Comment/Questions: Anyone from WA State have a better feel for how much or how little it would take the Legislature to change to 'May Issue?' How big of a threat is this? I could see Seattle and Tacoma leaning this way, but what about the rest of the more rural state? Especially east of the mountains. Or, is this just one little group that will get very little traction in WA?
SEATTLE – A national organization is using Wednesday’s deadly shootings in Seattle to push for new gun laws in Washington state. It says a one word change to the law could have prevented someone like Ian Stawicki, the mentally troubled man who shot and killed five people, from getting a concealed weapons permit.
"There are some people who should not own a gun. It can be a devastating thing,” said Nina Schumacher, niece of one of the victims in the shooting at Café Racer.
The foundation wants lawmakers to replace a single word in the law which says police agencies “shall” issue concealed weapons permits to qualifying people. They want it to say “may” issue – giving police an option that they may or may not issue a permit.
The changes proposed by Brady wouldn’t have stopped the gun sale, but denying Stawicki a concealed carry permit would have made it illegal for him to walk around with a gun tucked under his clothes, just as he did Wednesday morning.
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