Title

Gun Violence Concern in Washington State: Approachable and efficient procedure to constrain mass shootings

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Campus where you would like to present

Ellensburg

Event Website

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source

Start Date

18-5-2020

Abstract

In the United States, gun violence is a public health crisis. Every day nearly 100 people are killed due to gun violence. Some are by suicide, domestic disputes, and community violence. Still, people continue to sell assault rifles and other powerful, dangerous weapons. In Washington State, a person owning an assault rifle must be 21. RCW 9.41.240 sets out the requirements for the possession of a pistol or semiautomatic assault rifle for a person between 18 and 21 years of age. Also, in Washington, there is not a law directly related to the AR-15 rifles, regardless of age. Furthermore, in 28 states, there are no age restrictions in owning a rifle. Age restrictions matter. Unfortunately, in the United States, mass shootings have increased. Surprisingly, most of the gun violence has occurred in high schools; the attackers are teenagers. There must be an age restriction of at least 21 to purchase an assault weapon. Secondly, necessary knowledge and psychological tests could assist in deciding if a person is eligible to take care of an AR-15 weapon properly. Thirdly, there should be a universal background check and a valid and reliable reason why the individual needs to buy an AR-15 rifle or high-powered dangerous weapon. The government needs to prioritize AR-15 rifles and other high-powered weapons as an essential policy to implement. Through interviews and secondary analysis, I provide a policy analysis that is timely and relevant to the mass shootings, age restrictions, and high-powered weapons in Washington State.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Christine Henderson

Department/Program

Law & Justice

Additional Mentoring Department

https://cwu.studentopportunitycenter.com/2020/04/gun-violence-concern-in-washington-state-approachable-and-efficient-procedure-to-constrain-mass-shootings/

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May 18th, 12:00 PM

Gun Violence Concern in Washington State: Approachable and efficient procedure to constrain mass shootings

Ellensburg

In the United States, gun violence is a public health crisis. Every day nearly 100 people are killed due to gun violence. Some are by suicide, domestic disputes, and community violence. Still, people continue to sell assault rifles and other powerful, dangerous weapons. In Washington State, a person owning an assault rifle must be 21. RCW 9.41.240 sets out the requirements for the possession of a pistol or semiautomatic assault rifle for a person between 18 and 21 years of age. Also, in Washington, there is not a law directly related to the AR-15 rifles, regardless of age. Furthermore, in 28 states, there are no age restrictions in owning a rifle. Age restrictions matter. Unfortunately, in the United States, mass shootings have increased. Surprisingly, most of the gun violence has occurred in high schools; the attackers are teenagers. There must be an age restriction of at least 21 to purchase an assault weapon. Secondly, necessary knowledge and psychological tests could assist in deciding if a person is eligible to take care of an AR-15 weapon properly. Thirdly, there should be a universal background check and a valid and reliable reason why the individual needs to buy an AR-15 rifle or high-powered dangerous weapon. The government needs to prioritize AR-15 rifles and other high-powered weapons as an essential policy to implement. Through interviews and secondary analysis, I provide a policy analysis that is timely and relevant to the mass shootings, age restrictions, and high-powered weapons in Washington State.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2020/COTS/63