(CBS Seattle/AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law Wednesday a measure that creates a registry for firearm offenders in Washington.

Similar to the sex offender registry, judges may require people convicted of gun offenses to register as firearm offenders and keep their information up to date. The requirement to register continues for four years.

The registry will be maintained by the Washington State Patrol and can be accessible by law enforcement officers, but unlike the sex offender registry, it would not be available to the public.

The law was sponsored by Republican Rep. Mike Hope, who is a Seattle police officer. Supporters say the measure will help local law enforcement combat gun violence and go after repeat gun offenders.

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