Office to collect firearm violence data approved by Washington Senate

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A measure to collect statewide data on firearm violence and create a grant program for prevention programs has passed the Washington Senate.

The measure creates the Washington Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention, which would work with law enforcement agencies and others to collect and centralize data on firearm violence, including suicide.

It is modeled on a program in King County.

The office would also administer grants to fund preventative evidence-based initiatives undertaken by cities and community-based organizations in Washington.

The bill now heads to the House for consideration.