GOAL Post 2018-3, Legislative Update from Olympia 19 January 2018

GOAL Post 2018-3
Legislative Update from Olympia 19 January 2018

LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR CORRECTION
1/15 SENATE GUN BILL HEARING
NEW GUN BILLS FILED
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED
ACTION ON GUN BILLS
KIRO TV POLL
NOT ALL DEMOCRATS ARE OUR ENEMIES

The correct date of the Fiscal committee cut-off is 6 February, not 5 February as reported last week.

The first big gun bill hearing was conducted by Senate Law & Justice on Monday, 15 January. There was a turnout of several hundred on both sides, with two overflow rooms filled with attendees (unfortunately the pro-gun lobby doesn’t have a billionaire sugar daddy who provides neat highly visible t-shirts – but most of us DO have gun-related ball caps, club badges, pins, etc.) It was an amazing display of ignorance about guns and gun laws by the pro-gun control side. But that doesn’t stop them and their billionaire allies from pushing for every restriction they can get through the system. The bills heard in public testimony included SBs 592 (trigger devices), 6049 (magazine ban), 5444 (modern sporting rifle registration), 5463 (safe storage) and 6146 (preemption repeal). The entire hearing can be viewed on TVWashington at https://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2018011154.

Several new gun bills were filed this week. and one I missed last week! SB 6173, by Sen. Takko (D-19) is the counterpart of HB 2329 and strengthens privacy protections for CPL holders (our esteemed Attorney General wants to open CPL information to the public, as it was prior to 1993). HB 2422, by Rep. Peterson (D-21) is similar to SB 1049 and bans high capacity magazines. with exceptions. HB 2529 by Rep. Lovick (D-44) imposes the same background check (re-check requirement on CPLs that have been seized as previous law does was seized firearms, HB 2666, by Rep. Macri (D-43) is the companion bill to SB 6146, repealing state preemption of firearms regulation. SB 6298, by Sen. Dhingra (D-45), would add any conviction for domestic violence harassment to the list of violations forfeiting firearm rights. It’s bad enough that for more than ten years now we have been denying a fundamental, enumerated right to people convicted of what are essentially minor crimes. This is even more egregious ion that most domestic harassment cases consist of largely “he said-she said” testimony, and in today’s climate, the court usually errs on the side of the woman.

Two public hearings on gun bills will be conducted next week. At 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, 23 January, the Senate Law & Justice Committee will take testimony on SBs 6297 and 6298 (banning possession of firearms for those with a history of violence or who have been convicted of domestic harassment). At 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, 25 January, the House Judiciary Committee will take testimony on HBs 2519 (return of seized CPLs), 2293 (daycare firearm ban), 1387 (a/w registration), 2422 (hi-cap mag ban) and 2666 (preemption repeal). Again, a strong turn-out carries a message all its own. Better yet, if you can make it to Oly for the hearing, be sure to wear some clearly pro-gun item of clothing (not camouflage!) such as a ball cap, club membership badge, etc. (If you have prepared testimony, be sure to carry a spare copy with you ands leave it with committee staff.)

SB 5992 (trigger devices) passed out of the Senate Law & Justice Committee on Tuesday and is now on the Senate floor calendar awaiting final passage from the Senate. They will likely vote on it next week.

A KIRO TV poll conducted earlier this week showed 66% of respondents do NOT support a ban on bump stocks. I went back a couple of days later to see if it had changed – and it HAD changed. it was pulled!

Not all Republicans are our friends, and not all Democrats are our enemies. The link below goes to a great article about two pro-gun Democrats (and yes, they are solidly pro-gun, as are a few others; I’ve worked closely with both of them for several years). http://tdn.com/news/local/takko-and-blake-could-scuttle-raft-of-gun-control-bills/article_f46063f4-f0e8-576a-928d-d32ba6060cfd.html

BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:

HB 1000 Use of deadly force Doglio (D-22) H.PubSaf OPPOSE
HB 1004 Possession of firearms/state of emergency Shea (R-4) H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 1015 Limiting restrictions on concealed carry Shea (R-4) H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 1122 Safe storage of firearms Kagi (D-32) H. Rules OPPOSE
HB 1134 Assault weapon ban Peterson (D-21) H. Jud OPPOSE
HB 1174 Firearm safety education in schools Muri (R-28) H. Edu SUPPORT
HB 1181 Prohibiting handgun sales registry Blake (D-19) H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 1190 Prohibiting handgun sales registry Taylor (R-15) H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 1270 Encouraging voluntary use of locking devices Harmsworth (R-44) H. Fin SUPPORT
HB 1380 Repeals I-594 Shea (R-4) H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 1381 Universal recognition of all state CPLs Blake (D-19) H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 1387 Assault weapons background check Jinkins (D-27) H. Jud OPPOSE
HB 1483 Allows destruction of forfeited firearms Lovick (D-44) H. Rules OPPOSE
HB 1529 Use of force Ryu (D-32) H.Pub.Saf OPPOSE
HB 1592 Delivery of firearms to LEOs Klippert (R) H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 1725 I-594 check exemption for CPL holders Koster (R-44) H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 1731 Certain exemptions to I-594 Jinkins (D27) H. Rules SUPPORT
HB 1900 Hunter ed funding/NRA license plates Griffey (R-35) H. Trans NEUTRAL
HB 1933 Transfer of firearms at non-profit events Walsh (R-19) H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 2136 Profits from seized firearms go to education fund Taylor (R-15) H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 2293 Bans firearms in daycare facilities (exception) Kagi (D-32) H. Jud OPPOSE
HB 2306 Allows licensed veterans to carry at Comm Coll Van Werven (R) H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 2329 Strengthens law making CPL data private Walsh (R-19) H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 2363 Drone delivery of firearms to offenders Pellicciotti (D-30) H. PubSaf SUPPORT
HB 2422 Bans “high capacity” magazines Peterson (D-21) H. Jud OPPOSE
HB 2519 Return of seized CPLs Lovick (D-44) H. Jud NEUTRAL
HB 2666 Repeals state preemption of gun laws Macri (D-43) H. Jud OPPOSE

SB 5000 Use of deadly force McCoy (D-38) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 5050 Assault weapon ban Frockt (D-3) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 5073 Use of force McCoy (D-38) S. W&M OPPOSE
SB 5216 Firearm safety education in schools O’Ban (R-28) S. K-12 SUPPORT
SB 5441 Involuntary freeze on firearm possession Kuderer (D) S.HumSer NEUTRAL
SB 5444 Background check for “assault weapons” Frockt (D-46) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 5463 Mandatory safe storage of firearms Palumbo (D) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 5506 Transfer of firearms at non-profit events Zeiger (R-25) S. Rules SUPPORT
SB 5553 Suicidal, waiver of rights Pedersen (D-43) S. L&J NEUTRAL
SB 5795 Mandatory firearm liability insurance Chase (D-32) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 5992 Bans certain “trigger devices” Van De Wege (D-24) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6049 Bans “high capacity” magazines Frockt (D-3) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6146 Repeals state preemption of gun laws Saldana (D-37) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6173 Strengthens law making CPL data private Takko (R-19) S. L&J SUPPORT
SB 6297 Firearm possession with history of violence Dhingra (D-45) S. L&J NEUTRAL
SB 6298 DV harassment firearm ban Dhingra (D-45) S. L&J OPPOSE

HB = House bill, SB = Senate bill. L&J = Law & Justice, Jud = 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:

23 Jan Senate Law & Justice Hearing Room 4, John A. Cherberg Bldg
10:00 a.m. SBs 6297, 6298

25 Jan House Judiciary, Hearing Room “A” John L. O’Brien Bldg
1:30 p.m. HBs 2519, 2293, 1387, 2422, 2666

Contact information for your Representatives may be found at http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder or at http://leg.wa.gov/House/Pages/MembersByDistrict.aspx. 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). Each bill’s web page contains a link to any public hearing at the bottom of the page.

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, to any citizen.

GET THE WORD OUT: If you want to subscribe to the GOAL Post by e-mail, send a message to “jwaldron@halcyon.com“. 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 IN ITS ENTIRETY WITHOUT TEXTUAL MODIFICATION AND CREDIT IS GIVEN TO GOAL. I can be reached at “jwaldron@halcyon.com” 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 “jwaldron@halcyon.com” 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 20-21 January
Monroe 10-11 February

“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 2018 Gun Owners Action League of WA

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GOAL Post 2018-2, Legislative Update from Olympia 12 January 2018

GOAL Post 2018-2
Legislative Update from Olympia 12 January 2018

GUN RIGHTS RALLY
LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR
NEW GUN BILLS FILED
PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED

Somewhere between 125-150 gun rights supporters showed up at the rally conducted on the Capitol Campus earlier today. Several legislators spoke to the crowd, including Representatives Matt Shea (R-4), Brian Blake (D-19), Vicki Kraft (R-17), Morgan Irwin (R-31) and Senator Phil Fortunato (R-31). After the formal presentations ended, individual participants visited their legislators’ offices. A big thank you to the legislators who spoke and to all who made the trek to Olympia to show the flag..

The following cut-off dates are proposed for bills under consideration in the 2018 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.

2 February – Bills must pass out of policy committee
6 February – Bills must pass out of chamber fiscal committee (only bills with major fiscal impact)
14 February – Bills must pass out of house of origin (House bills out of House, Senate bills out of Senate)
23 February – Bills must pass out of policy committee in second chamber
26 February – Bills with major fiscal impact must pass out of second chamber fiscal committee
2 March – 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.
8 March – Sine die – close of regular legislative session.

HB 2363, by Rep. Pellicciotti (D-30), makes any attempt to use a drone to deliver a deadly weapon to an incarcerated individual a Class C felony. SB 6146, by Sen. Saldada (D-37), repeals RCW 9.41.290, our state preemption law, that prohibits local government from passing its own gun laws. I believe Washington was first in the nation with this, 35 years ago. 42 states now have preemption laws. If this passes, every county, city and town can pass their own gun control laws, a patchwork quilt of laws that will trip up gun owners traveling across the state. SB 6247, by Sen. Dhingra (D-45), prohibits firearm possession by individuals with a history of violence who are not deemed competent to stand trial.

The Senate Law & Justice Committee will conduct public hearings on SBs 5992 (trigger devices), 6049 (magazine restrictions), 5444 (modern sporting rifle registration), 5463 (safe storage) and 6146 (preemption repeal) on 15 January at 10 a.m. in Senate Hearing Room 4, John A. Cherberg Building. That is the only public hearing on gun bills scheduled this week. A strong turnout would help.

BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:

HB 1000
Use of deadly force
Doglio (D-22) H.PubSaf
OPPOSE

HB 1004
Possession of firearms/state of emergency
Shea (R-4) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 1015
Limiting restrictions on concealed carry
Shea (R-4) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 1122
Safe storage of firearms
Kagi (D-32) H. Rules
OPPOSE

HB 1134
Assault weapon ban
Peterson (D-21) H. Jud.
OPPOSE

HB 1174
Firearm safety education in schools
Muri (R-28) H. Edu
SUPPORT

HB 1181
Prohibiting handgun sales registry
Blake (D-19) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 1190
Prohibiting handgun sales registry
Taylor (R-15) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 1270
Encouraging voluntary use of locking devices
Harmsworth (R-44) H. Fin.
SUPPORT

HB 1380
Repeals I-594
Shea (R-4) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 1381
Universal recognition of all state CPLs
Blake (D-19) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 1387
Assault weapons background check
Jinkins (D-27) H. Jud.
OPPOSE

HB 1483
Allows destruction of forfeited firearms
Lovick (D-44) H. Rules
OPPOSE

HB 1529
Use of force
Ryu (D-32) H.Pub.Saf.
OPPOSE

HB 1592
Delivery of firearms to LEOs
Klippert (R) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 1725
I-594 check exemption for CPL holders
Koster (R-44) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 1731
Certain exemptions to I-594
Jinkins (D-27) H. Rules
SUPPORT

HB 1900
Hunter ed funding/NRA license plates
Griffey (R-35) H. Trans.
NEUTRAL

HB 1933
Transfer of firearms at non-profit events
Walsh (R-19) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 2293
Bans firearms in daycare facilities (exception)
Kagi (D-32) H. Jud
OPPOSE

HB 2306
Allows licensed veterans to carry at Comm Coll
Van Werven (R) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 2329
Strengthens law making CPL data private
Walsh (R-19) H. Jud
SUPPORT

HB 2363
Drone delivery of firearms to offenders
Pellicciotti (D-30) H. PubSaf
SUPPORT

SB 5000
Use of deadly force
McCoy (D-38) S. L&J
OPPOSE

SB 5050
Assault weapon ban
Frockt (D-3) S. L&J
OPPOSE

SB 5073
Use of force
McCoy (D-38) S. W&M
OPPOSE

SB 5216
Firearm safety education in schools
O’Ban (R-28) S. K-12
SUPPORT

SB 5441
Involuntary freeze on firearm possession
Kuderer (D) S.HumSer
NEUTRAL

SB 5444
Background check for “assault weapons”
Frockt (D-46) S. L&J
OPPOSE

SB 5463
Mandatory safe storage of firearms
Palumbo (D) S. L&J
OPPOSE

SB 5506
Transfer of firearms at non-profit events
Zeiger (R-25) S. Rules
SUPPORT

SB 5553
Suicidal, waiver of rights
Pedersen (D-43) S. L&J
NEUTRAL

SB 5795
Mandatory firearm liability insurance
Chase (D-32) S. L&J
OPPOSE

SB 5992
Bans certain “trigger devices”
Van De Wege (D-24) S. L&J
OPPOSE

SB 6049
Bans “high capacity” magazines
Frockt (D-3) S. L&J
OPPOSE

SB 6146
Repeals state preemption of gun laws
Saldana (D-37) S. L&J
OPPOSE

SB 6297
Firearm possession with history of violence
Dhingra (D-45) S. L&J
REVIEWING

HB = House bill, SB = Senate bill. L&J = Law & Justice, Jud = 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
Senate Judiciary
Hearing Room 4, John A. Cherberg Bldg.
10:00 a.m. SBs 5992, 6049, 5444, 5463 and 6146

(18 Jan
House Judiciary
Hearing Room A, John L. O’Brien Bldg)
(1:30 p.m. HB 1122 Executive session only)

Contact information for your Representatives may be found at http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder or at http://leg.wa.gov/House/Pages/MembersByDistrict.aspx. 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). Each bill’s web page contains a link to any public hearing at the bottom of the page.

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, to any citizen.

GET THE WORD OUT: If you want to subscribe to the GOAL Post by e-mail, send a message to “jwaldron@halcyon.com“. 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 IN ITS ENTIRETY WITHOUT TEXTUAL MODIFICATION AND CREDIT IS GIVEN TO GOAL. I can be reached at “jwaldron@halcyon.com” 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 “jwaldron@halcyon.com” 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):
Monroe 13-14 January
Puyallup 20-21 January

“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 2018 Gun Owners Action League of WA

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GOAL Post 2018-1 Legislative Update from Olympia 5 January 2018

GOAL Post 2018-1
Legislative Update from Olympia 5 January 2018

RALLY IN OLY FRIDAY 12 JANUARY
LEGISLATURE CONVENES MONDAY, 8 JANUARY (60 DAY SESSION)
DEMOCRATS IN COMPLETE CONTROL
BILLS HELD OVER FROM 2017
NEW GUN BILLS PRE-FILED
LEGISLATIVE TUTORIAL
LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR
NEXT WEEK’S HEARING SCHEDULE
SENATE GUN BILL HEARING MONDAY 15 JANUARY
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 at the SHOT show in Las Vegas the week of the 22nd, so that one may come late.)

First business first: a gun rights rally will be held on the Capitol Campus next Friday, January 12th, put on by Rick Halle of the Gun Rights Coalition. It will begin at 9 a.m. and continue likely for an hour or more, with both outside and legislative speakers. (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 two months they’ll become familiar with your name and maybe even your face! (Gun bill hearing in Senate Law & Justice three days later. See the last item in the narrative.

The legislature convenes on Monday, January 8th, for its “short” (60 day) session. This is a continuation of the 65th biennium, which started in January 2017. If their work is not completed, they can be called back by the governor for a 30-day special session, as happened last year with THREE back-to-back special sessions.

For the past several sessions control of the Senate has been held by the Republicans, thanks to conservative Democrat Senator Tim Sheldon (D-35) who “organizes with Republicans,” just as Vermont’s Bernie Sanders and Maine’s Angus King do with Democrats in the U.S. Senate. That one seat majority was critical in keeping anti-gun bills off the Senate floor. Unfortunately, those days are gone. The Republicans lost the seat in the 45th District in the Special Election held in November. This means Democrats chair all of the committees in both House and Senate, and have at least a one or two seat majority in each committee. And while a small handful of individual Democrat legislators are pro-gun, party policy is definitely anti-gun, anti-rights.

The House is still split 50 Democrats – 48 Republicans.

Because this is simply “part 2” of a two-year legislative period, all bills filed and not passed in last years’ session are up for play this year, as well as new bills filed. 29 bills (19 House, 10 Senate) remain in the hopper from last year. Most will not likely be touched (especially the pro-gun bills), but any or all COULD be brought into play.

In addition, since early December several new gun-related bills have been filed for action this session. In the House, HB 2293 (Kagi, D-32) bans possession of firearms at day care centers; HB 2306 (Van Werven, R-42) allows veterans with CPLs to carry concealed on community college campuses; and HB 2329 (Walsh, R-19) strengthens the current CPL privacy law. In the Senate, SB5992 (Van De Wege, D-24) bans certain “trigger devices” – e.g. bump-fire-stocks, etc, and SB 6049 (Frockt, D-3) bans “high capacity magazines” – e.g any magazine that holds more than ten rounds – to include handgun magazines (existing possession is grandfathered, with restrictions) .

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 34 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 Judiciary or House Public Safety (most will go to Judiciary). 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.

The following links can be used to contact legislators:
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 have, 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.

At this time, no gun bills are scheduled to be heard the first week of the session. The Senate will conduct an executive session (vote) on SB 5553, suicide waiver of rights, on 11 January. This is a holdover from last year and no public input will be taken.

Legislative committee schedule is 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?)

BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:

HB 1000
Use of deadly force
Doglio (D-22) H. PubSaf
OPPOSE

HB 1004
Possession of firearms/state of emergency
Shea (R-4) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 1015
Limiting restrictions on concealed carry
Shea (R-4) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 1122
Safe storage of firearms
Kagi (D-32) H. Rules
OPPOSE

HB 1134
Assault weapon ban
Peterson (D-21) H. Jud.
OPPOSE

HB 1174
Firearm safety education in schools
Muri (R-28) H. Edu.
SUPPORT

HB 1181
Prohibiting handgun sales registry
Blake (D-19) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 1190
Prohibiting handgun sales registry
Taylor (R-15) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 1270
Encouraging voluntary use of locking devices
Harmsworth (R-44) H. Fin.
SUPPORT

HB 1380
Repeals I-594
Shea (R-4) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 1381
Universal recognition of all state CPLs
Blake (D-19) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 1387
Assault weapons background check
Jinkins (D-27) H. Jud.
OPPOSE

HB 1483
Allows destruction of forfeited firearms
Lovick (D-44) H. Rules
OPPOSE

HB 1529
Use of force
Ryu (D-32) H. PubSaf
OPPOSE

HB 1592
Delivery of firearms to LEOs
Klippert (R) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 1725
I-594 check exemption for CPL holders
Koster (R-44) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 1731
Certain exemptions to I-594
Jinkins (D-27) H. Rules
SUPPORT

HB 1900
Hunter ed funding/NRA license plates
Griffey (R-35) H. Trans.
NEUTRAL

HB 1933
Transfer of firearms at non-profit events
Walsh (R-19) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 2293
Bans firearms in daycare facilities (exception)
Kagi (D-32)
OPPOSE

HB 2306
Allows licensed veterans to carry at Comm Coll
Van Werven (R)
SUPPORT

HB 2329
Strengthens law making CPL data private
Walsh (R-19)
SUPPORT

SB 5000
Use of deadly force
McCoy (D-38) S. L&J
OPPOSE

SB 5050
Assault weapon ban
Frockt (D-3) S. L&J
OPPOSE

SB 5073
Use of force
McCoy (D-38) S. W&M
OPPOSE

SB 5216
Firearm safety education in schools
O’Ban (R-28) S. K-12
SUPPORT

SB 5441
Involuntary freeze on firearm possession
Kuderer (D) S. HumSer
NEUTRAL

SB 5444
Background check for “assault weapons”
Frockt (D-46) S. L&J
OPPOSE

SB 5463
Mandatory safe storage of firearms
Palumbo (D) S. L&J
OPPOSE

SB 5506
Transfer of firearms at non-profit events
Zeiger (R-25) S. Rules
SUPPORT

SB 5553
Suicidal, waiver of rights
Pedersen (D-43) S. L&J
NEUTRAL

SB 5795
Mandatory firearm liability insurance
Chase (D-32) S. L&J
OPPOSE

SB 5992
Bans certain “trigger devices”
Van De Wege (D-24) S. L&J
OPPOSE

SB 6049
Bans “high capacity” magazines
Frockt (D-3) S. L&J
OPPOSE

HB = House bill, SB = Senate bill. L&J = Law & Justice, Jud = 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:
None scheduled

Contact information for your Representatives may be found at http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder or at http://leg.wa.gov/House/Pages/MembersByDistrict.aspx. 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 website 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). Each bill’s web page contains a link to any public hearing at the bottom of the page.

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 website is that ALL this information is available, online, to any citizen.

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Article 1, Section 24
Constitution of the State of Washington

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GOAL Post 2017-Special-Final Legislative Update from Olympia 21 July 2017

GOAL Post 2017-Special-Final
Legislative Update from Olympia 21 July 2017

THIRD SPECIAL SESSION ENDS
NO ACTION ON GUNS
GRIDLOCK PREVAILS
SPECIAL ELECTION UNDERWAY
GOAL ENDORSEMENTS FOR SENATE

There was no action taken on gun issues throughout the three special sessions.

The third special session of the legislature came to a close last night without passing a capital construction budget. The governor says he will not call them back into session until they have resolution on a capital (state construction) budget.

What is at dispute is control of water in rural areas. A year-old state Supreme Court decision that Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2017-Special 5 Legislative Update from Olympia 23 June 2017

GOAL Post 2017-Special 5
Legislative Update from Olympia 23 June 2017

THREE STRIKES, YOU’RE OUT! THIRD SPECIAL SESSION

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN IMMINENT — MAYBE

IMPACT ON GUN OWNERS

The THIRD special session of the legislature started on Wednesday, 21 June. They’re still hung up on the state operating budget. All bills that have not been passed to date go back to their original chamber (House bills to House, Senate bills to Senate).

This is similar to 2013 and 2015, when the legislature required multiple special sessions to pass the Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2017-Special 4 Legislative Update from Olympia 9 June 2017

GOAL Post 2017-Special 4
Legislative Update from Olympia 9 June 2017

SPECIAL SESSION 2 CONTINUES

As the budget impasse continues, some progress is being made. While it does not impact the gun issue, I’m including an attachment here to a Seattle Times article from last weekend explaining exactly where the opposing sides stand. It looks like the principal question is not whether Washingtonians will pay more in taxes, but which taxes will be raised. Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2017-Special 3 Legislative Update from Olympia 19 May 2017

GOAL Post 2017-Special 3
Legislative Update from Olympia 19 May 2017

SPECIAL SESSION ENDS IN IMPASSE

SECOND SPECIAL SESSION CONVENED

PROCEDURAL NOTE

CRITICAL SPECIAL ELECTION AHEAD

The first special session ended earlier this week without budget resolution. Therefore the governor called them back immediately into a second special session. We’re now four days into the second 30-day special session.

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GOAL Post 2017-Special 2 Legislative Update from Olympia 12 May 2017

GOAL Post 2017-Special 2
Legislative Update from Olympia 12 May 2017

GOVERNORS SIGNS ALL GUN BILLS

SPECIAL SESSION CONTINUES

I reported last week that Governor Inslee signed HB 1100. That means that starting in late summer or early fall (it takes time to set up the system), CPL holders will receive a postcard renewal notice 90 days before their CPL expires.

On May 10th, the governor signed the remaining four gun-related bills awaiting action. He signed HB 1501, HB 1612, SB 5268 and SB 5552.

HB 1501 requires licensed dealers to notify the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2017-Special 1 Legislative Update from Olympia 5 May 2017

GOAL Post 2017-Special 1
Legislative Update from Olympia 5 May 2017

NO ACTION ON BILLS

I was at the annual NRA convention and meetings in Atlanta last Friday, but nothing happened anyway!

Governor Inslee signed HB 1100 (CPL renewal postcard) a week before the session ended. The first postcards should go out in late summer (they have to set up the system first).

Still awaiting the governor’s signature are HB 1501 (NICS denial police notification), HB 1612 (suicide prevention), SB 5268 (CPL renewal e-mail notification) and SB 5552 (limited I-594 background check exemptions.) (Correction, SB 5268 did squeak out just before the regular session ended.)

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GOAL Post 2017-16 Legislative Update from Olympia 21 April 2017

GOAL Post 2017-16
Legislative Update from Olympia 21 April 2017

SINE DIE? IT’S OVER, SORT OF
SPECIAL SESSION
HB 1100 SIGNED BY GOV 19 APRIL
HB 1501 REVIVED, PASSES
BILLS AWAITING GOV SIGNATURE
GOAL POST WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE SPECIAL SESSION

The reason for the long (105 day) session is to give legislators time to develop an operating budget for the state. Since 2010, they have not been able to finish this work on time and have had to go into special sessions of 30 days (maximum) each. The major problem here is split control of the legislature – Majority Coalition Senate and Democrat House. One presents a balanced budget, the other wants major tax increases – I’ll let you guess which. (Interesting to note that back in the late 1990s, the Republican Congress and President Bill Clinton worked together to pass balanced budgets. That’s when you had a pragmatic chief executive that was willing to work with Republicans. )

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