(1) The Washington office of firearm safety and violence prevention is created within
the department for the purposes of coordinating and promoting effective state and
local efforts to reduce firearm violence.
(2) The duties of the office include, but are not limited to:
(a) Working with law enforcement agencies, county prosecutors, researchers, and public
health agencies throughout the state to identify and improve upon available data sources,
data collection methods, and data-sharing mechanisms. The office will also identify gaps in available data needed for ongoing analysis,
policy development, and the implementation of evidence-based firearm violence intervention
and prevention strategies;
(b) Researching, identifying, and recommending legislative policy options to promote
the implementation of statewide evidence-based firearm violence intervention and prevention
(c) Researching, identifying, and applying for nonstate funding to aid in the research,
analysis, and implementation of statewide firearm violence intervention and prevention
(d) Working with the office of crime victim[s] advocacy to identify opportunities
to better support victims of firearm violence, a population that is currently underrepresented
among recipients of victim services;
(e) Contract [Contracting] for a statewide helpline, counseling, and referral services
for victims, friends, and family members impacted by gun violence and community professionals
and providers who engage with them;
(f) Contract [Contracting] with the University of Washington to develop a best practice
guide for therapy for gun violence victims;
(g) Administering the Washington firearm violence intervention and prevention grant
program as outlined in RCW 43.330A.050.
(3) The office shall report to the appropriate legislative policy committees by December
1st every odd-numbered year on its progress and findings in analyzing data, developing
strategies to prevent firearm violence, and recommendations for additional legislative
policy options. The first report must be submitted by December 1, 2021.
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