OLYMPIA – 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,” said Anna Justen, a junior at Ingraham High School. “I see pictures of the victims and all I can see are my friends, my little sister, or myself.”
Taylor McAvoy is a reporter with the WNPA Olympia News Bureau.