OLYMPIA – The Washington House of Representatives has passed a bill initiated by Attorney General Bob Ferguson that would prohibit the manufacturing of untraceable and undetectable 3D-printed firearms.
HB 1739 cleared the House with bipartisan support by a vote of 57-39 and now heads to the Senate for further consideration.
Ferguson’s measure is sponsored by Rep. Javier Valdez (D-Seattle) and Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) has also sponsored companion legislation in the Senate.
“I support the Second Amendment. With that said, we cannot allow felons and other dangerous individuals to make an end-run around our state’s background check requirements by printing untraceable, undetectable 3D-printed guns,” Ferguson said in a news release. “Guns that can evade metal detectors pose too great a risk to the safety of our communities.”
Gov. Jay Inslee has been a key backer of Ferguson’s measure, as have numerous organizations such as the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, Everytown for Gun Safety, the Washington State Medical Association and the Washington Association for Substance Abuse & Violence.
Ferguson’s legislation comes less than a year after he sued the Trump Administration over its decision to allow the unlimited distribution of downloadable files for 3D-printed guns, an action which was subsequently blocked by a U.S. District Court judge.
Seven of Ferguson’s Attorney General’s-request bills have passed their chamber of origin thus far in the 2019 legislative sessions.