Rep. Jesse Young co-sponsors privacy legislation to protect bump stock buy-back program participants

A recent public records request to the Washington State Patrol asking for the names and addresses of citizens who voluntarily turned in their bump stocks as part of the state’s buy-back program has prompted lawmakers to take immediate action.

The bump stock buy-back program was created in 2018, with Senate Bill 5992. However, this bill did not contain the appropriate disclosure safeguards to protect the privacy of those surrendering their bump stocks. The privacy of those citizens who voluntarily leveraged this program are now at risk by an individual, or group, attempting to collect their personal identifying information.

Rep. Jesse Young, R-Gig Harbor, has co-sponsored legislation that would amend current statute to include a privacy disclosure clause. Under House Bill 2182, the names, addresses, and other personal identifying information of those who acquiesced their bump stocks would be exempt from public records requests.

Young released the following statement on this legislation:

“It’s our duty as state lawmakers to protect the constitutional right to privacy and protection for those who honored the law in good faith and voluntarily turned in their bump stocks.

“Knowing their personal identifying information is open for public disclosure is unacceptable and unsettling. This is one reason my caucus tends to distrust the majority party’s sponsored gun legislation. There is always some gremlin hidden within. This makes true bipartisanship on gun issues hard to achieve.

“The people who participated in the buy-back program did not know the data collected on them would be available to anyone requesting it. That is why my colleagues and I took immediate action to introduce this bill to exempt their information from public disclosure.”

House Bill 2182 has been referred to the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee. However, lawmakers are calling on the Speaker of the House, and President of the Senate, to provide the required rule exemption to bring this bill straight to the floor of both chambers for a vote.

The 2019 legislative session is scheduled to adjourn on April 28.


Washington State House Republican Communications