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Council Votes to Fund Measures to Prevent Gun Violence


Six members of the King County Council release a joint statement on the mass shooting in south Texas on November 5.


Today, the King County Council is investing over $600,000 to implement enforcement of firearm relinquishment and compliance in domestic violence and extreme protection order cases, funding the work approved by Washington state voters through Initiative 1491 in 2016. They are investing an additional $100,000 for a public health outreach and education campaign to promote firearm injury prevention around King County.

Meanwhile, King County Council Chair Joe McDermott and Councilmembers Claudia Balducci, Rod Dembowski, Larry Gossett, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, and Dave Upthegrove are releasing the following joint statement regarding yesterday’s mass shooting in south Texas.

“How many more bullet casings and bodies must fall before legislators in our nation’s capital muster the courage to stop people from dying from weapons in our streets? It is beyond time to act,” said the Councilmembers. “We are doing our part today, but real change must start in Washington, DC. Congress has a moral obligation to act and to act immediately.”

“The people of King County stand with the people of south Texas and send our deepest condolences to those who lost loved ones in yet another preventable attack.”


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