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New law to impact gun owners in Everett

Everett lost gun law (KOMO News)

EVERETT, Wash. -- There's a new law that will impact gun owners in Everett.

The city says it's not about regulating gun owners, but instead protecting them from potential violence.

Pawn broker Tim Dennis is happy to hear the city has passed an ordinance to fine gun owners $250 who fail to report their firearm missing or stolen within 24 hours.

"It's a privilege to have a gun, it's also a responsibility and we got to step up," Dennis said.

Dennis owns his own guns and buys and sells them at G&H Pawn in Everett.

He says the law will now make buying and selling guns easier for business.

Last year in the City of Everett, police say 140 guns were stolen in burglaries and other thefts. Adding that officers recovered 27 firearms that were never reported stolen.

"In my experience, when gun owners are responsible and lock up their weapons in a safe and those types of things, they are not as apt to be victimized," said Aaron Snell with the Everett Police Department.

Now, it's up to owners to let police know within 24 hours if their firearm is stolen, or they risk the $250 fine.

The city will be working to get the word out to the public about the new law, which will take effect in the next couple of weeks.

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