GOAL Post 2019-2, Legislative Update from Olympia 18 January 2019

GOAL Post 2019-2
Legislative Update from Olympia 18 January 2019

GUN RIGHTS RALLY
GUN RALLIERS LOCKED OUT
LEGISLATIVE CUT-OFF CALENDAR ADOPTED
NEW GUN BILLS FILED
GUN BILL HEARINGS SCHEDULED

More than 100 gun rights activists attended the gun rights rally in Olympia today! Wow! As an old Olympia gun rally organizer (1990s/early 2000s), all I can say is that’s pretty piss poor performance. No wonder we’ve been getting our butts kicked. It’ll be interesting to see how many Mom’s Demand Action activists are there on Monday. For those new to political activism, the whole point in a rally is to flex your muscle. This one was a little more like Don Knotts than Charles Atlas or Arnold Schwarzenegger.

When one long-time gun rights activist stopped to visit his Senator after the rally, he found the office area door locked and Senate Security told him no meeting without an appointment because there was a gun rally today. We (and they) are in serious trouble when elected officials fear their own constituents (like LtGov Habib earlier this week). How’s old Thomas Jefferson’s Tree of Liberty looking today? (They don’t hide from po-abortion activists, and there is a lot more blood on their hands.) It sounds like a minor thing, but I view it as very disturbing. For an elected official, OUR employee, to bar constituents “his bosses” because they MIGHT be exercising a fundamental constitutional right is bad. It shows us what they really think of us. With zero justification, no threat – they truly believe we are deplorable.

The following cut-off dates are proposed for bills under consideration in the 2019 regular legislative session. As a general rule, if a bill fails to pass a hurdle, it is considered dead for the session. Exceptions can be made.

14 January Session convenes
22 February Bills must pass out of original chamber (House or Senate) policy committee
1 March Bills must pass out of chamber fiscal committee (only bills with major fiscal impact)
3 March Bills must pass out of chamber of origin (House bills out of House, Senate bills out of Senate)
3 April Bills must pass out of policy committee in second chamber
9 April Bills with major fiscal impact must pass out of second chamber fiscal committee
17 April Bills must pass out of second chamber (House bills out of Senate, Senate bills out of House), except for bills in a conference committee to iron out differences in House/Senate versions, budget bills and initiatives.
28 April Sine die – close of regular legislative session.

Several new gun bills have been filed this week. They include HB 1097, by Rep. Jim Walsh (R-19) that repeals confidentiality waivers citizens were required to sign when applying for firearm licenses, HB 1098, also by Rep. Walsh that repeals the penalties for unsafe storage of firearms contained in RCW 9.41.094 and 9.41.097, HB 1202, by Rep. Beth Doglio (D-22) mandating reporting of lost or stolen firearms and HB 1225, by Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-27) that takes firearms away from those just accused in a domestic violence incident –take their guns first, go to court later. Totally ignoring the typical DV dynamic of “he said/she said” and it takes a jury to determine which one is lying.HB 1286, by Rep. Strom Peterson (D-21) bans transfer and sale of defined (1994 federal definitions PLU new additions) assault weapons and “large capacity magazines.” (more than 10 round capacity). Those in possession prior to the effective day may continue to possess. The bill contains several additional restrictions and measures. Rather than regurgitate them, here’s a link to the bill language: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2019-20/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/1286.pdf HB 1315, by Rep. John Lovick (D-44), requires applicants show proof of training/proficiency when applying for a CPL.

On the Senate side we have SB 5099 by Sen. Tim Sheldon (D-35) that expands opportunity for recreational shooting on some DNR-managed land, SB 5143, by Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-45) that authorizes seizure of firearms from individuals involved in domestic violence incidents even before conviction, SB 5150 by Sen. Lynda Wilson (R-17) that authorizes armed security officers for state colleges, SB 5172, by Sen. Phil Fortunato that requires legislators to show proof of having some form of firearms training before they can sponsor a gun bill of any kind, SB 5205, by Sen. Manka Dhingra, that prohibits those found incompetent to stand trial and who have a history of violent acts from possessing firearms. If you Google it, you will find that women are the aggressor in DV cases nearly or equally frequently as men. SB 5434, by Sen. Claire Wilson (D-30) prohibits firearms and most other defensive tools in all day care centers and amends RCW 9.41.300 to add public libraries and public parks to places where firearms are prohibited.

The leftist disarmament agenda: impose hurdles like mandatory training (as a long time NRA-certified instructor I fully support all the training an individual can afford, but the state has no business mandating it – self defense is not rocket science). Then expand “gun free zones and prohibited places” to restrict where you can carry. Read the definition of “infringed” and “impaired” in your dictionary. More chipping away at Second Amendment and Article 1, Section 24 of the state constitution.

Three public hearings on gun bills. On Monday, 21 January, the Senate Law & Justice Committee will take testimony on four gun bills: SBs 5061 (undetectable firearms), 5062 (high capacity magazines), 5143 (DV incident firearm seizure) and 5174 (training requirement for CPL). The hearing commences at 10 a.m. in Senate Hearing Room 4 in the John A. Cherberg Senate Office Building.The Senate Agriculture Committee will conduct a public hearing on SB 5099, recreational shooting on DNR land. The hearing will be conducted on Thursday, 24 January at 1:30 p.m. in Senate Hearing Room 3.

On Tuesday, 22 January, the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee will take public testimony on HBs 1024 (prohibiting gun owner data base), 1068 (high capacity magazines), 1073 (undetectable firearms), 1203 (reporting lost/stolen guns) and 1225 (DV incidents). The hearing commences at 10 a.m. in House Hearing Room A in the John L. O’Brien House Office Building.

A couple of observation as the calendar fills. You will note that many of these bills expand on existing law to disarm more categories of people. That is their ultimate goal. And remember, the operative word in “criminal justice system” isn’t criminal, nor is it justice. It’s “system,” and their goal is to get as many people into the system as possible. Once you’re in the system, they can control you.

(My apology for the incorrect legislative public hearing included in GP 2019-1. I cut-and-pasted the basic legislative tutorial information – Legislature 101 – from a previous year’s GOAL Post and included an unrelated paragraph. Apologies for any confusion generated. And keep in mind I’ll be on the road through NEXT weekend, so the product may be rushed.)

BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:

HB 1010 Disposition of forfeited firearms by WSP
Senn (D-41) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1022 Prohibiting handgun sale data base
Walsh (R-19) H.CR&J SUPPORT
HB 1024 Prohibiting gun owner data base
Walsh (R-19) H.CR&J SUPPORT
HB 1038 Authorizing armed school personnel
Walsh (R-19) H.CR&J SUPPORT
HB 1068 High capacity magazine ban
Valdez (D-46) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1073 Undetectable and/or untraceable firearms
Valdez (D-46) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1097 Repeals firearm confidentiality waivers
Walsh (R-19) H.CR&J SUPPORT
HB 1098 Repeals penalties/unsafe storage of firearms
Walsh (R-19) H.CR&J SUPPORT
HB 1203 Reporting lost or stolen firearms
Doglio (D-22) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1225 Firearms/domestic violence
Jinkins (D-27) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1286 Assault weapon ban
Peterson (D-21) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1315 CPL training requirement
Lovick (D-44) H.CR&J OPPOSE
SB 5016 Authorizing armed animal control officers
Van De Wege S.L&J SUPPORT
SB 5027 Extreme risk protection orders, under age 18
Frockt (D-46) S.L&J OPPOSE
SB 5050 Body armor use in a crime
O’Ban (R-28) S.L&J NEUTRAL
SB 5061 Undetectable and untraceable firearms
Dhingra (D-45) S.L&J OPPOSE
SB 5062 High capacity magazine ban
Kuderer (D-48) S.L&J OPPOSE
SB 5072 Extreme risk protection orders
O’Ban (R-28) S.L&J NEUTRAL
SB 5099 Target shooting on DNR land
Sheldon (D-35) S.Ag SUPPORT
SB 5143 Seizing firearms/DV incidents
Dhingra (D-45) S.L&J OPPOSE
SB 5150 College safety/officers weapons
Wilson (R-17) S.HiEd SUPPORT
SB 5172 Firearm training/gun bill sponsors
Fortunato (R-39) S.StGovSUPPORT
SB 5174 Training for CPL issue
Palumbo (D-1) S.L&J OPPOSE
SB 5181 Firearm possession/mental health
Kuderer (D-48) S.L&J OPPOSE
SB 5205 Firearm possession/incompetent for trial
Dhingra (D-45) S.L&J OPPOSE
SB 5434 New gun free zones
Wilson (D-30) S.L&J OPPOSE

HB = House bill, SB = Senate bill. L&J = Law & Justice , CR&J = Civil Rights and Judiciary, PubSaf = Public Safety, HC = Health Care, H. K-12 = House Early education, Aprop = Appropriations, Fin = Finance, W&M = Ways & Means “S” before a bill number indicates Substitute (amended).

HEARINGS SCHEDULED:

21 Jan Senate Law & Justice Committee John A. Cherberg Bldg
10:00 a.m. SBs 5061, 5062, 5143, 5174
22 Jan House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee, John L. Bldg
10:00a.m HBs 1024, 1068, 1203, 1225
24 Jan Senate Agriculture Committee, John A. Cherberg Bldg.
1:30 p.m. SB 5099

LEGISLATIVE HOT LINE: You may reach your Representatives and Senator by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000. Toll free!!! The hearing impaired may obtain TDD access at 1-800-635-9993. Also toll free!!!

1-800-562-6000 TDD 1-800-635-9993

OTHER DATA: Copies of pending legislation (bills), legislative schedules and other information are available on the legislature’s web site at “www.leg.wa.gov”. Bills are available in Acrobat (.pdf) format. You may download a free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader from Adobe’s web site (http://www.adobe.com). You may also obtain hard copy bills, initiatives, etc, in the mail from the Legislative Bill Room FREE OF CHARGE by calling 1-360-786-7573. Copies of bills may also be ordered toll free by calling the Legislative Hotline at (800) 562-6000. You may also hear floor and committee hearing action live at http://www.tvw.org/ (you need “RealAudio” to do this, available free at the TVW web site).

By reading the House and Senate “bill reports” (hbr, sbr) for each bill, you can see how individual committee members voted. By reading the “roll call” for each bill, you can see how the entire House or Senate voted on any bill. The beauty of the web site is that ALL this information is available, on line 24/7 , to any citizen.

GET THE WORD OUT: If you want to subscribe to the GOAL Post by e-mail, send a message to “goalwa@cox.net “. Please pass GOAL Post on to anyone you believe may have an interest in protecting our rights. Better yet, make a couple of copies of this message, post it on your gun club’s bulletin board, and leave copies with your local gun shop(s). PERMISSION IS HEREBY GRANTED TO DUPLICATE OR REDISTRIBUTE GOAL POST PROVIDED IT IS REPRODUCED WITHOUT TEXTUAL MODIFICATION AND CREDIT IS GIVEN TO GOAL. I can be reached at “joewaldron@cox.net” or by telephone at (425) 985-4867. Unfortunately, I am unable to mail hard copy GOAL Post to individuals. Limited numbers of hard copies MAY be available at the Second Amendment Foundation book table at WAC gun shows.

If you believe you have received this e-mail in error, please e-mail me at “goalwa@cox.net” with the words “Unsubscribe GOAL Post” in the subject line. I will remove your name immediately. Keep in mind GOAL Post is also published on several gun lists. If you received GP via a list, you must contact that list’s admin to unsubscribe.

Upcoming WAC gun show(s):

Puyallup (Pavilion) 23-24 February
Puyallup 30-31 March

“The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.”

Article 1, Section 24
Constitution of the State of Washington

Copyright 2019 Gun Owners Action League of WA

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GOAL Post 2019-1, Legislative Update from Olympia 11 January 2019

GOAL Post 2019-1
Legislative Update from Olympia
11 January 2019

RALLY IN OLY FRIDAY 18 JANUARY
LEGISLATURE CONVENES MONDAY, 14 JANUARY (105 DAY SESSION)
DEMOCRATS IN COMPLETE CONTROL
BILL INFORMATION
NEW GUN BILLS PRE-FILED
LEGISLATIVE TUTORIAL
LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR
NEXT WEEK’S HEARING SCHEDULE
LEGISLATOR CONTACT INFORMATION
HOW TO TESTIFY AT A PUBLIC HEARING
PUBLIC HEARING VERSUS EXECUTIVE SESSION

(This will be a long GOAL Post as I have to describe the environment and the processes involved for new readers. Future issues will be shorter. Also keep in mind that GOAL Post focuses on gun law only, we do not cover hunting issues. The Hunters Heritage Council does that well. I normally post GP on Friday evenings to summarize that week’s activities and provide a forecast for the next. I’ll be on the road for the next two weeks, so some issues might be late – or early.)

First business first: a gun rights rally will be held on the Capitol Campus next Friday, January 18th,. The rally will be held on the north steps of the Legislative Building and will begin at 9 a.m., ending at 12 noon. The rally is sponsored by the Gun Rights Coalition. (Yes, it’s a Friday, and unlike the people bussed in to attend many liberal rallies, gunnies have to work. Are your gun rights worth a day off?) After the formal presentation, attendees are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the campus layout (the Capitol, or “legislative” building where floor sessions are conducted, as well as the John L. O’Brien House Office Building, the John A. Cherberg Senate Office Building, and the Irv Newhouse Senate Office Building. This is a great opportunity to locate your two representatives’ and one senator’s office and introduce yourself to their legislative aides. Hopefully over the coming session they’ll become familiar with your name and maybe even your face!

The legislature convenes on Monday, January 14th, for its “long” (105 day) session. This is the start of the 66th biennium, which will run through next year (2020). The primary focus of the long session is supposed to be preparation and passage of a two-year budget, but worry not – they’ll find plenty of time for gun control. If their work is not completed, they can be called back by the governor for any number of 30-day special sessions, as happened two years ago with THREE back-to-back special sessions.

I’m not going to point fingers, as it’s not clear who to point fingers at: overly enthusiastic liberal voters or discouraged conservatives. Either way, the Democrats now have solid control of BOTH the Senate and the House. We still have a few friendly Democrats in the Senate and the House, but not enough to overcome the liberal majority.

The new Senate has 28 Democrats, 21 Republicans. The House will have 57 Democrats to 41 Republicans. This means not only will every committee chair be Democrat (the committee chair controls which bills will receive a hearing), but most committees will have a two-seat Democrat majority.

In the first session of the biennium, all new bills must be filed. You may see familiar subjects brought back, but the bill numbers will be new. Bills stay alive for the entire two-year biennium.

Text of newly filed bills can be found at https://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/ Also on the bill information page are links to “New Introductions” (daily), and at the bottom, “Bills by topic” and “Bill Tracking.”

Pre-filing of bills for the new legislature begins in December, and there are already a handful of gun-related bills in the hopper.

A complete list of bills under consideration is included below in the “BILL STATUS” section. It also contains the bill’s prime sponsor, the current status of the bill (committee location) and the GOAL position on the bill. Committee abbreviations are provided at the bottom of that section. As this is written there are currently 12 gun bills available for consideration/action.

For those new to legislative affairs, here’s how the process works: When a bill is filed in the House or Senate (or both, simultaneously, called “companion bills”) it is assigned to a policy committee. Most gun-related bills go to the Senate Law & Justice Committee in the Senate. In the House it’s a little more complicated, as it may be sent to House Civil Rights & Judiciary or House Public Safety (most will go to CR&J). Public hearings may be held, after which the bill may (or may not) be voted out of committee. If the bill has a fiscal impact (usually an expenditure of more than $50,000), it must then go to Senate Ways & Means or one of a couple of House fiscal committees. The bill then goes to the Senate or House Rules Committee, where it must be voted on to pass out to the floor for a full vote.

After a bill passes the Senate or House, it then goes over to the opposite chamber (House or Senate), where the whole process starts over again. If the bill passes the second chamber in the same form it passed the first, it goes to the governor for signature (or veto or partial veto). If changes are made in the second chamber, it goes back to the first for concurrence. It may also go to a conference committee from both chambers to resolve differences. The final version must pass both chambers.

The bill then goes to the Governor, who may sign it into law, veto (kill) the bill, or sign a partial veto (killing just selected section(s) of the bill). The governor may also allow a bill to become law without his signature. Most signed bills take effect on 1 July, although bills with an “emergency clause” (considered immediately necessary for public safety) take effect upon signature by the governor.

One of the first items of business in each session is the adoption of the session calendar, identifying dates by which bills must clear various hurdles. A bill that fails to clear the policy committee or chamber floor by the designated date is generally considered dead for the year, although they may be “resurrected” by parliamentary procedure. I’ll post the cut-off dates for the 2018 session in the next issue of GOAL Post.

At this time, public hearings are scheduled for HB 1010 (disposal of forfeited firearm) on Tuesday, January 15th, at 10 a.m. in the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee, and for SBs 5072 (extreme risk protection orders, under 18) and 5027 (extreme risk protection orders, under 18) on Thursday, 17 January at 10 a.m. in the Senate Law & Justice Committee.

The following links can be used to contact legislators. Lists won’t be updated until new members are sworn in Monday):

http://www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Senators/
http://www.leg.wa.gov/House/Representatives/

Legislative e-mail addresses are available at http://app.leg.wa.gov/MemberEmail/Default.aspx

The link contains a quick tutorial on providing testimony at public hearings on bills under consideration. I would urge you to read it and consider visiting Olympia to let YOUR voice be heard. http://leg.wa.gov/legislature/Pages/Testify.aspx

Public hearings are committee meetings open to the public, where the public is allowed to testify on bills, to give their views on the bill. But all votes on bills taken by a committee are conducted in what are called “executive sessions.” They are typically part of a public session, with a few minutes set aside to vote on bills previously heard by the committee. Public testimony is just that, open to the public for comment. On the other hand, no public input is allowed during executive session. You are welcome to sit there, and to count votes, but silence from the public is the rule. Just FYI for those of you who have not attended legislative public meetings before.

And you won’t find the House Judiciary Committee listed any more. It’s now the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee.

Legislative committee schedule are posted on the legislative web site on Wednesday evenings. It is not on the schedule yet, but I have been informed that the Senate Law & Justice Committee will conduct a public hearing on Monday, 15 January (Martin Luther King Day), at 1000, in Senate Hearing Room 4 (John A Cherberg Building). Bills reportedly under consideration include SBs 5992 (“trigger devices”) and 6049 (“high capacity magazine’ ban). A strong turnout is helpful. As is carpooling, given parking limitations on the Capitol Campus. (Who knows how many busloads of people will show up from Seattle supporting the gun control bills on this holiday?)

The Senate Committee Services office has done us the favor of compiling a 26 page summary of Washington state firearms laws and other data surrounding firearms… with – at first glance – a typical Olympia slant on it. The “study” us available at http://leg.wa.gov/Senate/Committees/LAW/Documents/Washington%20Firearms%20Laws.pdf

BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:
HB 1010 Disposition of forfeited firearms by WSP
Senn (D-41) H.CR&J OPPOSE

HB 1022 Prohibiting handgun sale data base
Walsh (R-19) H.CR&J SUPPORT

HB 1024 Prohibiting gun owner data base
Walsh (R-19) H.CR&J SUPPORT

HB 1068 High capacity magazine ban
Valdez (D-46) H.CR&J OPPOSE

HB 1038 Authorizing armed school personnel
Walsh (R-19) UnAsg SUPPORT

HB 1073 Undetectable and/or untraceable firearms
Valdez (D-46) H.CR&J OPPOSE

SB 5016 Authorizing armed animal control officers
Van De Wege UnAsg SUPPORT

SB 5027 Extreme risk protection orders, under age 18
Frockt (D-46) S.L&J OPPOSE

SB 5050 Sentence enhancement for body armor use in a crime
O’Ban (R-28) S.L&J NEUTRAL

SB 5061 Undetectable and untraceable firearms
Dhingra (D-45) S.L&J OPPOSE

SB 5062 High capacity magazine ban
Kuderer D-48) S.L&J OPPOSE

SB 5072 Extreme risk protection orders
O’Ban (R-28) S.L&J NEUTRAL

HB = House bill, SB = Senate bill. L&J = Law & Justice , CR&J = Civil Rights and Judiciary, PubSaf = Public Safety, HC = Health Care, H. K-12 = House Early education, Aprop = Appropriations, Fin = Finance, W&M = Ways & Means “S” before a bill number indicates Substitute (amended).

HEARINGS SCHEDULED:
15 Jan House Civil Rights and Jud Committee, John L. O’Brien Building
10:00 HB 1010
17 Jan Senate Law & Justice Committee, John A. Cherberg Bldg
10:00 SBs 5027 and 5072

LEGISLATIVE HOT LINE: You may reach your Representatives and Senator by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000. Toll free!!! The hearing impaired may obtain TDD access at 1-800-635-9993. Also toll free!!!
1-800-562-6000 TDD 1-800-635-9993

OTHER DATA: Copies of pending legislation (bills), legislative schedules and other information are available on the legislature’s web site at “www.leg.wa.gov”. Bills are available in Acrobat (.pdf) format. You may download a free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader from Adobe’s web site (http://www.adobe.com). You may also obtain hard copy bills, initiatives, etc, in the mail from the Legislative Bill Room FREE OF CHARGE by calling 1-360-786-7573. Copies of bills may also be ordered toll free by calling the Legislative Hotline at (800) 562-6000. You may also hear floor and committee hearing action live at http://www.tvw.org/ (you need “RealAudio” to do this, available free at the TVW web site).

By reading the House and Senate “bill reports” (hbr, sbr) for each bill, you can see how individual committee members voted. By reading the “roll call” for each bill, you can see how the entire House or Senate voted on any bill. The beauty of the web site is that ALL this information is available, on line 24/7 , to any citizen.

GET THE WORD OUT: If you want to subscribe to the GOAL Post by e-mail, send a message to “goalwa@cox.net “. Please pass GOAL Post on to anyone you believe may have an interest in protecting our rights. Better yet, make a couple of copies of this message, post it on your gun club’s bulletin board, and leave copies with your local gun shop(s). PERMISSION IS HEREBY GRANTED TO DUPLICATE OR REDISTRIBUTE GOAL POST PROVIDED IT IS REPRODUCED WITHOUT TEXTUAL MODIFICATION AND CREDIT IS GIVEN TO GOAL. I can be reached at “joewaldron@cox.net” or by telephone at (425) 985-4867. Unfortunately, I am unable to mail hard copy GOAL Post to individuals. Limited numbers of hard copies MAY be available at the Second Amendment Foundation book table at WAC gun shows.

If you believe you have received this e-mail in error, please e-mail me at “goalwa@cox.net” with the words “Unsubscribe GOAL Post” in the subject line. I will remove your name immediately. Keep in mind GOAL Post is also published on several gun lists. If you received GP via a list, you must contact that list’s admin to unsubscribe.

Upcoming WAC gun show(s):
Puyallup (Pavilion) 23-24 February
Puyallup 30-31 March

“The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.”
Article 1, Section 24
Constitution of the State of Washington

Copyright 2019 Gun Owners Action League of WA

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GOAL Post 2018-10 Legislative Update from Olympia  9 March 2018

GOAL Post    2018-10

Legislative Update from Olympia    9 March 2018

     SINE DIE

     48 GUN BILLS FILED IN 2017-2018 BIENNIUM

     GOV SIGNS BUMP STOCK BAN

      2519, 5553 AND 6298 TO GOV

     PHOTOS ON CPLS?

     MISSED ONE – AMMO BAN

     WHY ONLY FOUR BILLS PASSED

     INITIATIVE

     LAST GOAL POST OF 2018 — HOPEFULLY

It’s over!  The fat lady has done her part and has waddled off the stage, and our legislators are packing up and heading home from Olympia.  At this point there is no talk of the need for a special session, unlike the three special sessions we had last year.  .

The 2017-2018 biennium set a record for the number of gun related bills filed: 48, 25 anti-, 20 pro- and three neutral.  But as foretold in the Book of Matthew, “Many are called but few are chosen.”  Only four of the 48 managed to make it to the governor’s desk:  None of the pro-gun bills made the cut in the Democrat-dominated legislature, surprise, surprise.  HB 2519 and SBs 5553, 5992 and 6248 were the chosen few.  SB 6620, the last minute “assault weapon” bill, failed to get a vote on the last day of the session (given the time allowed, it was unlikely to pass the House anyway). Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2018-9 Legislative Update from Olympia 2 March 2018

GOAL Post    2018-9

Legislative Update from Olympia    2 March 2018

    BILLS MOVE

    SIX DAYS LEFT IN REGULAR SESSION

    RESPONSE TO FLORIDA SHOOTING

    WHAT DO POLICE OFFICERS THINK?

Bills continue to move as the session winds down.  SB 5992 (bump stock ban) has been sent to Governor Inslee for his signature.  HBs 2363 (drone delivery of contraband) and 2519 (return of CPLs) still await a floor vote.  SBs 5553 (suicidal, waiver of rights) and 6298 (DV harassment firearm ban) were both amended in the House and thus require a concurrence vote by the Senate.  HB 3004 (school safety/semi-auto rifles) was assigned to House Judiciary, where it sits without action.

The biggest news this week is that SB 6620, the newly-filed “School security and safety of students” bill, was significantly amended in the Senate Ways & Means committee before passing out to Senate Rules for a floor vote yesterday.  Shotguns were completely removed from the bill, All reference to “tactical features” for semi-auto rifles was removed – meaning it now applies to ALL semi-auto rifles, even your 10-22.  It grandfathers existing legal possession, meaning 18-20 year olds that currently possess semi-auto rifle(s) may keep them.  The requirement for the dealer (FFL) to file a separate background check request to local law enforcement (as is done with handguns) remains, but it eliminates delivery of a copy to the Department of Licensing and prohibits DoL from entering the information into a data base.  While arguably a slight improvement in the bill, it is still an unacceptable violation of both the 2nd Amendment and Article 1, Section 24. Continue reading

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GOAL Alert 2018-2, Legislative alert from Olympia 25 February 2018

GOAL Alert 2018-2
Legislative alert from Olympia 25 February 2018

HOUSE COUNTERPART TO SB 6620

ACTION NEEDED, NOW!

I’d say I’m sorry for the rush of messages, but I’m not. The rush is caused by end-of-session manipulation by Democrat “leadership” in Olympia, and calls for a strong response.

As I have posted frequently, it ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings. And she’s not scheduled to sing until midnight on 8 March (a week from this coming Thursday). While the legislature sets cut-off dates and other procedural processes to keep bills moving and cull out other bills, the bottom line is that these are not written in the state Constitution, they are internal rules adopted by the legislature and may be changed by the legislature at will.

The House has filed a “counterpart bill”, HB 3004, to SB 6620. A counterpart bill is a verbatim duplicate of the bill filed in the other chamber. If both pass unamended, it/they go straight to the governor for his signature. Continue reading

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GOAL Alert 2018-1, Legislative alert from Olympia 24 February 2018

GOAL Alert 2018-1
Legislative alert from Olympia 24 February 2018

NRA: NEW ANTI-GUN BILL FILED

ACTION NEEDED

This bill was posted after my cut-off for the Friday GOAL Post. Following information provided by NRA-ILA. Link to text of bill follows.

https://www.nraila.org/articles/20180223/washington-urgent-legislation-to-ban-long-gun-purchases-by-law-abiding-adults-to-be-heard-in-olympia

Today, anti-gun legislators in Olympia have submitted Senate Bill 6620 just two weeks before the end of the current session. SB 6620 includes provisions that would raise the minimum age to purchase a semi-automatic rifle or shotgun to 21 years of age and would also establish a 10 day waiting period. SB 6620 has been referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee and can be heard as early as 9:00AM tomorrow. Please use the “Take Action” button below to contact committee members and your state Senator and urge them to remove the anti-gun provisions in SB 6620! Click the “Take Action” button below to contact committee members and your state Senator.

Senate Bill 6620, sponsored by Senator David Frockt (D-46), Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2018-8, Legislative Update from Olympia 23 February 2018

GOAL Post 2018-8
Legislative Update from Olympia 23 February 2018

BILLS MOVE
NO PUBLIC HEARINGS NEXT WEEK
CONFERENCE COMMITTEES
TWO WEEKS LEFT IN SESSION
FLORIDA SHOOTING

HB 2363 (drone delivery of contraband) passed out of Senate Law & Justice to Senate Rules awaiting a floor vote. HB 2519 (return of CPLs) also passed out of Senate Law & Justice to Rules, but not before they amended the bill to it’s original form, removing the language that allowed current and former military members aged 18-20 to apply for and receive a concealed pistol license (several states with age 21 CPL requirements have opened them up to military members over 18). ed on the House floor to reimburse those owners who surrender them to police. SB 5553 (suicidal, waiver of firearm rights) passed out of the House on a77-20 vote with one excused. SB 5992 (bump stock ban) passed out of the House on a 56-41 vote also. The bill was amended to create a buyback program for banned bump stocks. Seven other amendments to limit the impact of the bill failed. SB 6298 (DV harassment firearms ban) passed out of the House Judiciary committee with an important amendment. Back in 1994, when many DV-related misdemeanors were made firearm disqualifiers, it was retroactive – a listed DV-related conviction at any time in the past prohibited future possession of firearms. SB 6298 was amended to allow only DV harassment convictions after this law takes effect to act as a disqualifier. Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2018-7, Legislative Update from Olympia 16 February 2018

GOAL Post 2018-7
Legislative Update from Olympia 16 February 2018

IMPACT OF FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTING
DEMOCRATS WHINE ABOUT GUN CONTROL
MEDIA, TOO
CHAMBER CUT-OFF PASSES
BILLS MOVE, BILLS DIE
BILL STATUS COLUMN CHANGING
PUBLIC HEARINGS NEXT WEEK
THREE WEEKS LEFT IN THE SESSION

At this point it is difficult to assess the impact of the school shooting in Florida on Wednesday – another Valentine’s Day Massacre. 17 people lost their lives to an individual who had been sending clear signals that he was a very disturbed person, yet no action was taken. According to some reports the FBI was informed of his threat, but no results of that warning are known.

Of immediate concern is the possible impact in Olympia THIS session. While bills are technically dead following the designated cut-off dates, exceptions can be made and bills can be revived. It’s rare, but it happens. Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2018-6, Legislative Update from Olympia 9 February 2018

GOAL Post 2018-6
Legislative Update from Olympia 9 February 2018

CHAMBER CUT-OFF NEXT WEDNESDAY
ACTION ON BILLS
PUBLIC HEARING ON SBs 5553 AND 5992
NO PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED
TEN BILLS REMAIN UNDER CONSIDERATION
TITLE ONLY BILL

The mid-session chamber cut-off occurs next Wednesday, 14 February. House bills that have not passed out of the House, and Senate bills that have not passed out of the Senate, are supposed to be dead for the session. That’s true in almost all cases, but on rare occasions, a bill can be resurrected.

SB 6298 (DV harassment) passed out of the Senate late Friday afternoon. It will now go to House Judiciary for consideration. SB 5444 (“assault weapon” background checks) and HB 1270 (encouraging voluntary use of firearm safety products) both died in the fiscal committee cut-off this week. Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2018-5, Legislative Update from Olympia 2 February 2018

GOAL Post 2018-5
Legislative Update from Olympia 2 February 2018

CHAMBER POLICY COMMITTEE CUT-OFF TODAY – GUN BILLS DIE
FISCAL COMMITTEE CUT-OFF NEXT TUESDAY
ONE NEW GUN BILL INTRODUCED
ACTION ON BILLS
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED

Today, 2 February, is the first chamber policy committee cut-off date. All bills that have not passed out of their original policy committee this session (for most gun bills Senate Law & Justice, House Judiciary and Public Safety) are considered dead for the remainder of the session. Theoretically – exceptions can be made — but those exceptions are rare. Continue reading

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