Washington students urge lawmakers to pass gun regulations

Anna Justen, a junior at Ingraham High School in Seattle, leads a chant. “No more silence,” the crowd chanted. “End gun violence.”

More than 100 students from Seattle and Olympia area high schools rallied at the Capitol building in Olympia in support of gun legislation.

They partnered with the Alliance for Gun Responsibility and on Tuesday, March 6 called on lawmakers to pass SB 6620 sponsored by Senator David Frockt, D-Seattle. The bill would increase the legal age to purchase a semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21. It also enhances background checks for assault rifles and creates a reporting program in schools to students can more easily report suspicious behavior. The bill is on the Senate floor calendar but has not yet received a vote.

“The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was the breaking point for many of us,” Anna Justen, a junior at Ingraham High School said. “I see pictures of the victims and all I can see are my friends, my little sister, or myself.”


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