Sponsored by Representative Kagi, HB 1676 states that a person is guilty of reckless endangerment if he or she leaves a loaded firearm in a location where he or she should reasonably know that a child is likely to gain access, and a child does obtain access. This does not apply if the firearm is secured in a locked box, gun safe, other secure locked storage space, or secured with a lock or any device that prevents it from discharging. It also does not apply if the child’s access to the firearm is supervised by an adult or was obtained as a result of an unlawful entry. Firearm dealers will offer to sell or give any purchaser a locked box, a lock, or a device that prevents the firearm from discharging and all stores where firearms are sold must post a warning sign stating that “It is unlawful to store or leave an unsecured, loaded firearm where a child can and does obtain possession.”
HB 1676 was heard in the House Committee on Judiciary. It was never scheduled for executive action and therefore died.