GOAL Post 2019-6, Legislative Update from Olympia 15 February 2019

GOAL Post 2019-6
Legislative Update from Olympia 15 February 2019

GOVERNOR AND AG SAY I-639 WILL BE ENFORCED
NEW BILLS FILED
BILLS PASS OUT OF COMMITTEE
POLICY COMMITTEE CUT-OFF NEXT FRIDAY
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED

In a press conference Thursday, both Governor Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson said I-1639 WILL be enforced by Washington law enforcement officials. I wonder if they’ve ever heard of civil disobedience?

There were no new gun bills filed this week.

A few bills passed out of committee this week. HB 1381 (UAVs/contraband) and SB 5150 (college safety officers) apparently were amended and passed out of committee (final results not posted at this time). Presumably both are in their respective Rules Committees.

As a general (procedural) rule, bills must pass out of their first policy committee by next Friday (22 Feb) or be considered dead for the session. Because bills with major fiscal impact usually go to a fiscal committee, that cut-off date is a week later. In most cases, the cut-off rule holds, but exceptions can be made, and bills revived. No bill is truly dead until the end of the session.

Executive session (committee votes) will be held on several bills next week, given the Friday committee cut-off.

Public hearings are scheduled next week for several bills. HBs 1934 (military CPL renewal) and 1949 (firearm background checks) will be heard in House Civil Rights and Judiciary on February 19th. SB 5782 (knives) will be heard in Senate Law & Justice on February 18th. SB 5016 (arming animal control officers) will be heard in Senate Law & Justice on February 19th. SB 5181 (firearms/mental health) will be heard in Senate Ways & Means on February 19th as well.

BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:
SHB 1010 Disposition of forfeited firearms by WSP
Senn (D-41) H.Rules 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
SHB 1068 High capacity magazine ban
Valdez (D-46) H.Rules 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
SHB 1225 Firearms/domestic violence
Jinkins (D-27) H.Rules 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
HB 1319 Open carry prohibited at public meetings
Wylie (D-49) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1346 Lead ammo ban for “youth”
Pollett (D-46) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1374 Repeals state preemption of gun laws
Macri (D-43) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1381 Use of UAVs to deliver contraband
Pellicciotti (D-30) H.Rules NEUTRAL
HB 1439 Permission to carry in a private residence
Doglio (D-22) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1464 WSP background checks for CPLs
Goodman (D-45) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1465 Repeal delivery handgun with CPL
Goodman (D-45) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1530 New/expanded gun free zones
Davis (D-32) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1541 Expands list of probibited persons
Jinkins (D-27) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1649 Exempts CPL holders from b/g checks
Sutherland (R-39) H.CR&J SUPPORT
SHB 1739 Undetectable/untraceable firearms
Valdez (D-43) H.RULES OPPOSE
HB 1763 Active shooters & armed school personnel
Young (R-26) H.CR&J SUPPORT
HB 1786 Seizure of firearms/re: protective orders
Jinkins (D-27) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1855 Intervention programs/juveniles in possession
Orwall (D-31) H.HS/EL NEUTRAL
HB 1934 CPL renewal online/mail military members
Caldier (R-25) H.CR&J SUPPORT
HB 1949 Single POC for firearm b/g checks
Hansen (D-23) H.CR&J NEUTRAL
SB 5016 Authorizing armed animal control officers
Van De WegeS.L&J SUPPORT
SSB 5027 Extreme risk protection orders, under age 18
Frockt (D-46) S.Rules OPPOSE
SB 5050 Body armor use in a crime
O’Ban (R-28) S.L&J NEUTRAL
SSB 5061 Undetectable and untraceable firearms
Dhingra (D-45) S.Rules OPPOSE
SSB 5062 High capacity magazine ban
Kuderer D-48) S.Rules 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
SSB 5143 Seizing firearms/DV incidents
Dhingra (D-45) S.Rules OPPOSE
SB 5150 College safety/officers weapons
Wilson (R-17) S.Rules SUPPORT
SB 5172 Firearm training/gun bill sponsors
Fortunato (R-39) S.StGov SUPPORT
SSB 5174 Training for CPL issue
Palumbo (D-1) S.Rules OPPOSE
SB 5181 Firearm possession/mental health
Kuderer (D-48) S.W&M OPPOSE
SB 5205 Firearm possession/incompetent for trial
Dhingra (D-45) S.Rules OPPOSE
SB 5340 Assault weapons ban
Kuderer (D-48) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 5434 New/expanded gun free zones
Wilson (D-30) S.L&J OPPOSE
SB 5508 WSP background check for CPLs
Fortunato (R-31) S.L&J OPPOSE
SB 5782 Removes prohibition of spring-blade knives
Zeiger (R-25) S.L&J SUPPORT

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:
18 Feb Senate Law & Justice John A. Cherberg Bldg
10:00 a.m. SB 5782 (knives)
19 Feb House Civil Rights & Judiciary John L. O’Brien Bldg
10:00 a.m. HBs 1934 (military CPL renewal) and 1949 (firearm background checks)
19 Feb Senate Ways & Means John A. Cherberg Bldg
3:30 p.m. SB 5181 (firearms/mental health)
19 Feb Senate Law & Justice John A. Cherberg Bldg
10:00 a.m. SB 5016 (arming animal control officers)

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.

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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 2019-5, Legislative Update from Olympia 8 February 2019

GOAL Post 2019-5
Legislative Update from Olympia 8 February 2019

NEW BILLS FILED
BILLS PASS OUT OF COMMITTEE
MORE COUNTY SHERIFFS QUESTION 1639 CONSTITUTIONALITY
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED

HB 1934, by Rep. Michelle Caldier (R-25), allows deployed or certain other military members – active, reserve or National Guard – to renew their CPL either on-line or by mail… FOR A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR ONLY. HB 1949, by Rep. Drew Hansen (D-23), would authorize a study to determine if a single firearm background check system would benefit the state. One I missed last week is SB 5508, “clarifying” the role of the WSP in conducting CPL background checks. It is the counterpart (duplicate) bill to HB 1464. CPL background checks are currently conducted by county sheriffs or city police. While there may be advantages of uniformity and/or efficiency to a state agency doing the checks, it also removes the process from accountability to the voters (by an elected sheriff). Until we learn more, oppose.

House Bills 1068 (magazine ban) and 1225 (firearms/domestic violence) were passed out of House Civil Rights and Judiciary with substitutes (amended bills) and now sit in House Rules awaiting a floor vote. A substitute for HB 1739 was passed. HB 1739 is in Rules.

You will see bills stacking up in the respective Rules Committees awaiting a pull to the floor for passage. This is not uncommon early in the session when the focus is on getting bills out of their policy committee. Something else to keep in mind: the committee chair has total control over which bills receive public hearings, and which bills get a vote to pass committee. As a general rule, if a committee chair wants to block a bill, it’s effectively blocked.

(Regarding HB 1346, the lead ammo ban to protect “youth” 21 and under, maybe we should raise the voting age back to 21 as well. If 18-20 years olds can’t safely handle lead ammo, they can’t safely vote, either.)

The number of county sheriffs who have expressed reservations about the constitutionality or enforceability of I-1639 is rising while a TNT editorial advises them to hold their horses (and enforce the law). Unfortunately it remains the law – unless the current federal lawsuit ot another suit succeeds in overturning all or part of it. But that will take months. I’ve noticed some states with the initiative process require a 60% “yes” vote for passage. Too bad Washington is not one of them. Not that a fundamental, enumerated right should be subject to any public vote, anyway. And I thought the “I was only following orders/the law” defense went out with Nuremberg? Or could it be that, with the asaault weapon and magazine ban bills filed AFTER passage of I-1639, maybe the powers that be question the constitutionality of the initiative as well?

Public hearings have been scheduled for four bills next week. Senate Law & Justice will hear SBs 5434 (expanded gun free zones) and 5508 (WSP background checks) at 10:00 a.m. on February 11th. House Civil Rights and Judiciary will hear HB 1530 (expanded gun free zones) at 08:00 a.m. on February 13th and HB 1465 (repeal delivery of handgun on CPL) at 10:00 a.m. on February 15th.

BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:
SHB 1010 Disposition of forfeited firearms by WSP Senn (D-41) H.Rules 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
SHB 1068 High capacity magazine ban Valdez (D-46) H.Rules 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
SHB 1225 Firearms/domestic violence Jinkins (D-27) H.Rules 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
HB 1319 Open carry prohibited at public meetings Wylie (D-49) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1346 Lead ammo ban for “youth” Pollett (D-46) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1374 Repeals state preemption of gun laws Macri (D-43) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1381 Use of UAVs to deliver contraband Pellicciotti (D-30) H.PubSaf NEUTRAL
HB 1439 Permission to carry in a private residence Doglio (D-22) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1464 WSP background checks for CPLs Goodman (D-45) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1465 Repeal delivery handgun with CPL Goodman (D-45) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1530 New/expanded gun free zones Davis (D-32) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1541 Expands list of probibited persons Jinkins (D-27) H.CR&JH OPPOSE
HB 1649 Exempts CPL holders from b/g checks Sutherland (R-39) H.CR&J SUPPORT
SHB 1739 Undetectable/untraceable firearms Valdez (D-43) H.RULES OPPOSE
HB 1763 Active shooters & armed school personnel Young (R-26) H.CR&J SUPPORT
HB 1786 Seizure of firearms/re: protective orders Jinkins (D-27) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1855 Intervention programs/juveniles in possession Orwall (D-31) H.HS/EL NEUTRAL
HB 1934 CPL renewal online/mail military members Caldier (R-25) H.CR&J SUPPORT
HB 1949 Single POC for firearm b/g checks Hansen (D-23) H.CR&J NEUTRAL
SB 5016 Authorizing armed animal control officers Van De WegeS.L&J SUPPORT
SSB 5027 Extreme risk protection orders, under age 18 Frockt (D-46) S.Rules OPPOSE
SB 5050 Body armor use in a crime O’Ban (R-28) S.L&J NEUTRAL
SSB 5061 Undetectable and untraceable firearms Dhingra (D-45) S.Rules OPPOSE
SSB 5062 High capacity magazine ban Kuderer D-48) S.Rules OPPOSE
SB 5072 Extreme risk protection orders O’B an (R-28) S.L&J NEUTRAL
SB 5099 Target shooting on DNR land Sheldon (D-35) S.Ag SUPPORT
SSB 5143 Seizing firearms/DV incidents Dhingra (D-45) S.Rules 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
SSB 5174 Training for CPL issue Palumbo (D-1) S.Rules OPPOSE
SB 5181 Firearm possession/mental health Kuderer (D-48) S.W&M OPPOSE
SB 5205 Firearm possession/incompetent for trial Dhingra (D-45) S.Rules OPPOSE
SB 5340 Assault weapons ban Kuderer (D-48) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 5434 New/expanded gun free zones Wilson (D-30) S.L&J OPPOSE
SB 5508 WSP background check for CPLs Fortunato (R-31) S.L&J OPPOSE
SB 5782 Removes prohibition of spring-blade knives Zeiger (R-25) S.L&J SUPPORT

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:
11 Feb Senate Law & Justice Committee John A. Cherberg Bldg
10:00 a.m. SBs 5434 (gun free zones), 5508 (WSP background checks)
13 Feb House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee John L. O’Brien Bldg
08:00 a.m. HB 1530 (expanded gun free zones)
15 Feb House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee John L. O’Brien Bldg
10:00 a.m. HB 1465 (del. of handgun w/CPL)

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 “[email protected] “. 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 “[email protected]” 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 “[email protected]” 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 2019-4, Legislative Update from Olympia 1 February 2019

GOAL Post 2019-4
Legislative Update from Olympia 1 February 2019

E-MAIL SCAM
NEW BILLS FILED
PUBLIC HEARINGS CONDUCTED
BILLS PASS COMMITTEE
PUBLIC HEARINGS NEXT WEEK
EMBOLDENED ANTI-GUN METALITY
SOME COUNTIES REJECT 1639 ENFORCEMENT

Well, you’re going to love this. I have been using the “Bills by Topic” page to track firearm bills for GOAL Post. I just learned that page runs about a week late. So much for automation. A quick search of introductions, cross-referencing by RCW, reveals at least a dozen more firearm related bills or bills that touch on RCW 9.41. I’ll be working the weekend to update this.

What appears below is correct… as far as it goes.

Several months ago the GOAL Post e-mail list ws hacked. Since then, I have received a couple of solicitations citing a voucher and asking for money. Other people on the list have informed me that they have received similar messages. IGNORE THEM. It’s a scam Do not open the “voucher” attached to the message.

Six new gun bills filed this week, again all in the House. HB 1439 by Rep. Beth Doglio (D-22) prohibits a person from carrying a licensed concealed firearm into another’s residence without EXPRESS PERMISSION of the homeowner. HB 1464, by Rep. Roger Goodman (D-45), makes the Washington State Patrol the background check agent for initial issue of concealed pistol licenses. HB 1465, also by Goodman, removes the waiting period waiver for CPL holders when picking up a handgun. Clearly, a CPL holder already been subjected to a more comprehensive background check than a non-CPL-holding purchaser. HB 1649, by Rep. Robert Sutherland (R-39), exempts CPL holders from background checks upon firearm transfer. HB 1739, by Rep. Javier Valdez (D-46), again addresses undetectable/untraceable firearms. HB 1786, by Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-27) is a rewrite of the procedures to be used in seizing firearms from those subject to a protective order.

Again, each of these in and of itself doesn’t sound that extreme. But it DOES act to impose another hurdle to exercise of what should be a near absolute right, and discourage gun ownership and/or carry.

Public hearings were conducted on six gun bills, HBs 1315, 1319 and 1346, and on SBs 5150, 5181 and 5205. I was not able to monitor the hearings, but all are available on TVWashington in their archive section. Many hearings are aired live, especially when they cover controversial topics. All hearings are typically available in archives a few hours after the end of the hearing. You can search for specific committee hearings (i.e. Senate Law & Justice Committee, House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee, etc) at https://www.tvw.org/archives/ and type in the committee name in the “search” box.

A few bills passed out of their policy committee and sit in their respective Rules committee awaiting a floor vote. HBs 1068 (magazine ban) and 1225 (firearms/domestic violence) are in House Rules. SB 5202 is in Senate Rules. SB 5181 was sent to Senate Ways & Means for fiscal action.

A public hearing is scheduled next week on HB 1381 (use of UAVs to deliver contraband) in the House Public Safety Committee at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 5 February. A hearing will be held on 8 February, in House Civil Rights & Judiciary, on HB 1786 (seizure of firearms).

(Note that all public hearings carry the annotation “subject to change.” Before you drive to Olympia, check to see if the hearing is still on. 90+% of the time they are. Keep in mind, too, that just because a bill hasn’t yet been scheduled for a public hearing, it’s still early days. We’re only three weeks into the 2019 session. They’re still filing dozens of bills every day. They have until 22 February to pass original bills out of committee. That’s three more weeks in which a lot of damage can be done.)

They’re getting bolder. In line 5 of RCW 9.41.070 (CPL law), current law clearly states – and has for several decades – “the applicant’s constitutional right to bear arms shall not be denied, unless…” Concealed carry with a CPL was clearly tied to Article 1, Section 24 of the state constitution. The language of HB 1315 eliminates that phrase. So apparently Rep. John Lovick and the bill’s other 11 co-sponsors don’t believe concealed carry is a constitutional right. What other parts of the constitution do they find inconvenient? You know, the constitution they swore an oath to uphold. A public hearing will be held on HB 1315 on Tuesday, 5 February.

It appears a little grassroots revolution may be brewing in some Washington counties. Six or more Washington county councils and/or county sheriffs have gone on record saying they believe portions of I-1639 are clearly unconstitutional or unenforceable and will not be enforced within their jurisdictions. I’m not going to name the counties, suffice it to say they’re not in or around Puget Sound, but they are on BOTH sides of the Cascades. These were all public statements to the best of my knowledge so a good Google search should reveal all. Several law enforcement groups came out last fall in opposition to I-1639, but their objections apparent fell on deaf ears.

BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:

SHB 1010 Disposition of forfeited firearms by WSP Senn (D-41) H.Rules 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.Rules 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.Rules 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
HB 1319 Open carry prohibited at public meetings Wylie (D-49) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1346 Lead ammo ban for “youth” Pollett (D-46) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1374 Repeals state preemption of gun laws Macri (D-43) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1381 Use of UAVs to deliver contraband Pellicciotti (D-30) H.PubSaf NEUTRAL
HB 1439 Permission to carry in a private residence Doglio (D-22) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1464 WSP background checks for CPLs Goodman (D-45) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1465 Repeal delivery handgun with CPL Goodman (D-45) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1649 Exempts CPL holders from b/g checks Sutherland (R-39) H.CR&J SUPPORT
HB 1739 Undetectable/untraceable firearms Valdez (D-43) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1786 Seizure of firearms under protective orders Jinkins (D-27) H.CR&J OPPOSE
SB 5016 Authorizing armed animal control officers Van De WegeS.L&J SUPPORT
SSB 5027 Extreme risk protection orders, under age 18 Frockt (D-46) S.Rules OPPOSE
SB 5050 Body armor use in a crime O’Ban (R-28) S.L&J NEUTRAL
SSB 5061 Undetectable and untraceable firearms Dhingra (D-45) S.Rules OPPOSE
SSB 5062 High capacity magazine ban Kuderer D-48) S.Rules OPPOSE
SB 5072 Extreme risk protection orders O’B an (R-28) S.L&J NEUTRAL
SB 5099 Target shooting on DNR land Sheldon (D-35) S.Ag SUPPORT
SSB 5143 Seizing firearms/DV incidents Dhingra (D-45) S.Rules 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
SSB 5174 Training for CPL issue Palumbo (D-1) S.Rules OPPOSE
SB 5181 Firearm possession/mental health Kuderer (D-48) S.W&M OPPOSE
SB 5205 Firearm possession/incompetent for trial Dhingra (D-45) S.Rules OPPOSE
SB 5340 Assault weapons ban Kuderer (D-48) 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:
5 Feb House Public Safety Committee John L. Obrien Bldg
3:30 p.m. HB 1381
8 Feb House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee
10:00 a.m. HB 1786

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 “[email protected] “. 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 “[email protected]” 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 “[email protected]” 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 2019-4 Legislative Update from Olympia 1 February 2019

GOAL Post 2019-4
Legislative Update from Olympia                                            1 February 2019

     E-MAIL SCAM
     NEW BILLS FILED
     PUBLIC HEARINGS CONDUCTED
     BILLS PASS COMMITTEE
     PUBLIC HEARINGS NEXT WEEK
     EMBOLDENED ANTI-GUN METALITY
     SOME COUNTIES REJECT 1639 ENFORCEMENT

Well, you’re going to love this.  I have been using the “Bills by Topic” page to track firearm bills for GOAL Post.  I just learned that page runs about a week late.  So much for automation.  A quick search of introductions, cross-referencing by RCW, reveals at least a dozen more firearm related bills or bills that touch on RCW 9.41.  I’ll be working the weekend to update this.

What appears below is correct… as far as it goes.

Several months ago the GOAL Post e-mail list ws hacked.  Since then, I have received a couple of solicitations citing a voucher and asking for money.  Other people on the list have informed me that they have received similar messages.  IGNORE THEM.  It’s a scam  Do not open the “voucher” attached to the message. 

Six new gun bills filed this week, again all in the House.  HB 1439 by Rep. Beth Doglio (D-22) prohibits a person from carrying a licensed concealed firearm into another’s residence without EXPRESS PERMISSION of the homeowner.  HB 1464, by Rep. Roger Goodman (D-45), makes the Washington State Patrol the background check agent for initial issue of concealed pistol licenses.  HB 1465, also by Goodman, removes the waiting period waiver for CPL holders when picking up a handgun.  Clearly, a CPL holder already been subjected to a more comprehensive background check than a non-CPL-holding purchaser.  HB  1649, by Rep. Robert Sutherland (R-39), exempts CPL holders from background checks upon firearm transfer.  HB 1739, by Rep. Javier Valdez (D-46), again addresses undetectable/untraceable firearms.  HB 1786, by Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-27) is a rewrite of the procedures to be used in seizing firearms from those subject to a protective order.

Again, each of these in and of itself doesn’t sound that extreme.  But it DOES act to impose another hurdle to exercise of what should be a near absolute right, and discourage gun ownership and/or carry.

Public hearings were conducted on six gun bills, HBs 1315, 1319 and 1346, and on SBs 5150, 5181 and 5205.  I was not able to monitor the hearings, but all are available on TVWashington in their archive section.  Many hearings are aired live, especially when they cover controversial topics.  All hearings are typically available in archives a few hours after the end of the hearing.  You can search for specific committee hearings (i.e. Senate Law & Justice Committee, House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee, etc) at https://www.tvw.org/archives/ and type in the committee name in the “search” box.

A few bills passed out of their policy committee and sit in their respective Rules committee awaiting a floor vote.  HBs 1068 (magazine ban) and 1225 (firearms/domestic violence) are in House Rules.  SB 5202 is in Senate Rules.  SB 5181 was sent to Senate Ways & Means for fiscal action.

A public hearing is scheduled next week on HB 1381 (use of UAVs to deliver contraband) in the House Public Safety Committee at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 5 February.  A hearing will be held on 8 February, in House Civil Rights & Judiciary, on HB 1786 (seizure of firearms).

(Note that all public hearings carry the annotation “subject to change.”  Before you drive to Olympia, check to see if the hearing is still on.  90+% of the time they are.  Keep in mind, too, that just because a bill hasn’t yet been scheduled for a public hearing, it’s still early days.  We’re only three weeks into the 2019 session.  They’re still filing dozens of bills every day.  They have until 22 February to pass original bills out of committee.  That’s three more weeks in which a lot of damage can be done.)

They’re getting bolder.  In line 5 of RCW 9.41.070 (CPL law), current law clearly states – and has for several decades – “the applicant’s constitutional right to bear arms shall not be denied, unless…”   Concealed carry with a CPL was clearly tied to Article 1, Section 24 of the state constitution.  The language of HB 1315 eliminates that phrase.  So apparently Rep. John Lovick and the bill’s other 11 co-sponsors don’t believe concealed carry is a constitutional right.  What other parts of the constitution do they find inconvenient?  You know, the constitution they swore an oath to uphold.  A public hearing will be held on HB 1315 on Tuesday, 5 February.

It appears a little grassroots revolution may be brewing in some Washington counties.  Six or more Washington county councils and/or county sheriffs have gone on record saying they believe portions of I-1639 are clearly unconstitutional or unenforceable and will not be enforced within their jurisdictions.  I’m not going to name the counties, suffice it to say they’re not in or around Puget Sound, but they are on BOTH sides of the Cascades.  These were all public statements to the best of my knowledge so a good Google search should reveal all.  Several law enforcement groups came out last fall in opposition to I-1639, but their objections apparent fell on deaf ears.

BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:

SHB 1010  Disposition of forfeited firearms by WSP        Senn (D-41)     H.Rules  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.Rules  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.Rules  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
HB 1319     Open carry prohibited at public meetings       Wylie (D-49)  H.CR&J  OPPOSE
HB 1346     Lead ammo ban for “youth”                            Pollett (D-46)  H.CR&J  OPPOSE
HB 1374     Repeals state preemption of gun laws             Macri (D-43)  H.CR&J  OPPOSE
HB 1381     Use of UAVs to deliver contraband           Pellicciotti (D-30)  H.PubSaf  NEUTRAL
HB 1439     Permission to carry in a private residence        Doglio (D-22)  H.CR&J   OPPOSE
HB 1464     WSP background checks for CPLs                  Goodman (D-45)  H.CR&J  OPPOSE
HB 1465     Repeal delivery handgun with CPL                  Goodman (D-45)  H.CR&J  OPPOSE
HB  1649     Exempts CPL holders from b/g checks         Sutherland (R-39)  H.CR&J  SUPPORT
HB  1739     Undetectable/untraceable firearms                      Valdez (D-43)  H.CR&J  OPPOSE
HB 1786     Seizure of firearms under protective orders      Jinkins (D-27)  H.CR&J  OPPOSE
SB 5016    Authorizing armed animal control officers       Van De WegeS.L&J  SUPPORT
SSB 5027  Extreme risk protection orders, under age 18     Frockt (D-46)  S.Rules  OPPOSE
SB 5050    Body armor use in a crime                                  O’Ban  (R-28)   S.L&J  NEUTRAL
SSB 5061  Undetectable and untraceable firearms              Dhingra (D-45)  S.Rules  OPPOSE
SSB 5062  High capacity magazine ban                              Kuderer D-48)   S.Rules  OPPOSE
SB 5072    Extreme risk protection orders                        O’B    an (R-28)    S.L&J  NEUTRAL
SB  5099    Target shooting on DNR land                             Sheldon (D-35)  S.Ag   SUPPORT
SSB 5143  Seizing firearms/DV incidents                           Dhingra (D-45)  S.Rules   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
SSB 5174  Training for CPL issue                                       Palumbo (D-1)  S.Rules  OPPOSE
SB 5181    Firearm possession/mental health                       Kuderer (D-48)  S.W&M   OPPOSE
SB 5205    Firearm possession/incompetent for trial           Dhingra (D-45)  S.Rules    OPPOSE
SB 5340     Assault weapons ban                                          Kuderer (D-48)  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:

5 Feb     House Public Safety Committee    John L. Obrien Bldg

3:30 p.m.   HB 1381

8 Feb     House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee

10:00 a.m.   HB 1786

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 [email protected].  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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 2019-3, Legislative Update from Olympia 28 January 2019

GOAL Post 2019-3
Legislative Update from Olympia 28 January 2019

Last week (and this week) are crazy ones for me. I was out of town all last week – and my laptop crashed, preventing me from transmitting GP 2019-2 by e-mail until Tuesday. I’m back on the road this week, hopefully without temperamental computers, this one for the annual meeting of the Florida Sport Shooting Assn, of which I am vice president. Hopefully no more travel… until the final week of the session (when my wife wants to visit family in Europe for the last week of the session AND the annual NRA convention and meetings go down in Phoenix! At that point, it will be too late anyway!).

HEARINGS ON TV WASHINGTON
NEW GUN BILLS FILED
ACTION ON BILLS
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED
MY TRAVEL SCHEDULE

If watching the hearings in Olympia didn’t bring the message home, in today’s world, feelings and emotions beat facts and logic every time. Continue reading

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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). Continue reading

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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.

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Article 1, Section 24
Constitution of the State of Washington

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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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