SB 502 : Exemption from private firearms background check for participants in Address Confidentiality Program

Position: Oppose Status: Awaiting referral on Senate President Courtney's desk

Exempts transferee who is certified participant in Address Confidentiality Program from private firearm transfer criminal background check requirement.


Introduced Jan 11, 2021 by chief sponsor Senator Kim Thatcher (R)

This bill is unnecessary and can set a bad precedent. According to the Address Confidentiality Program website, a substitute address is used to protect domestic violence victims. SB 502 stipulates an exemption from background checks which isn’t needed if a substitute address can be used. One may assume that Senator Thatcher wishes to better protect domestic violence victims. A solution is to add the background check system to the Address Confidentiality Program list.

Would this bill set a precedent for exempting people from other forms of checks including checking history of driving records for those who wish to obtain a drivers license?

Senator Thatcher has attempted to pass similar bills in 2017 (SB 546, SB 854, and HB 2974) all of which failed.