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Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Feb. 27, 2024

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Inslee signs family notification law for police gun returns

The Columbian

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a law to allow family members to request notification from police when confiscated guns are returned.

Inslee signed the “Sheena Henderson Act” into law Tuesday afternoon with her family members looking on. The bill is named for a Spokane woman killed by her husband in a 2014 murder-suicide in which he used a weapon police had returned to him without her knowledge.

Senate Bill 5381 passed both chambers of the Legislature unanimously. It allows family members to request police contact them before a person with a history of mental health issues or domestic violence gets guns back that police have taken away.