The Washington state Senate did not debate or vote on a gun control and school safety bill Tuesday night. That likely makes it a longshot to be passed by Thursday's session deadline.
Senate Bill 6620 requires enhanced background checks for purchasing semi-automatic rifles and raises the purchase age for those weapons from 18 to 21.
The bill’s sponsor said it would need to be voted on Tuesday in order to be passed by Thursday. Later in the night, Senator David Frockt, D-Seattle said he was still hopeful.
“We don’t have much time,” said Frockt. “The public is asking for us to take action on school safety in the wake of Parkland.
“I’m doing everything I can. I’m talking to Democrats. I’m talking to Republicans,” he said. “I’m offering creative concepts and solutions of things that may not be directly related to each other that might be helpful.”
It might not be enough.
Other proponents said there’s not enough time left in the session to complete the bill, which faces 23 amendments, debate, and votes in the Senate and House.
The bills also adds school safety measures like money for more campus resource officers.
“I don’t think the bill will progress any farther,” said Senator Tim Sheldon, D-Mason County. He opposes SB 6620.
“If it were just school security and mental health, there would be a large majority, but by mixing it with Second Amendment rights, that’s not going to make it viable in the end,” said Sheldon.