House ready to vote on waiting period exemption

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A proposal aimed at allowing active, certified law-enforcement officers to be exempt from waiting periods for gun purchases is ready for a vote by the full House.

However, the proposed constitutional amendment (HJR 291) and a related bill (HB 673) could be a longshot to be approved by lawmakers this year.

The proposed constitutional amendment, if approved by 60 percent of both legislative chambers, would go on the 2018 general-election ballot.

It would exempt full-time, part-time and auxiliary law-enforcement officers from the state's three-day waiting period for handgun purchases starting Jan. 8, 2019.

It also would exempt them from county waiting periods for firearm purchases that can be three to five days.

As with many other firearm-related proposals this legislative session, similar measures in the Senate (SJR 910 and SB 912) have stalled in the Judiciary Committee.