GOAL Post 2013-3

GOAL Post 2013-3

Legislative Update from Olympia1 February 2013

NUMEROUS NEW GUN BILLS FILED

STAND BY FOR GUN REGISTRATION

FOUR NEW PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED

ABOUT PUBLIC HEARINGS

LEGISLATOR CONTACT INFO

Seven new gun-related bills were filed in Olympia this week.HB 1561, by
Rep. Brian Blake (D-19), would reauthorize possession of short barreled
rifles, provided federal requirements were met.We lost this one in the
1994 rewrite of state firearms code. HB 1588, by Rep. Jaime Pedersen
(D-43), nominally calls for background checks on ALL firearm transfers
in Washington.More on this one a few paragraphs below.HB 1612, by Rep.
Mike Hope (R-44), would create a “firearm offender” registry, similar to
the current sex offender registry.Sounds nice, but sex offenses and
firearms offenses are two entirely different kinds of violation.SB 5376,
by Sen. Adam Kline (D-37) is the Senate counterpart (duplicate) to HB
1096.SB 5452, by Sen. Steve Conway (D-29), is the Senate counterpart to
HB 1383, adding firearm restrictions to those subject of a stalking
protection order.SB 5479, by Sen. Karen Keiser (D-33), a bizarre bill
that creates a system whereby firearms may be “voluntarily” surrendered
to law enforcement authorities for safekeeping for a 30-day period,
subject to extensions.While the term “voluntarily” appears several times
in the bill, it appears to allow family members and mental health
professionals to “recommend” surrender.A firearm not properly returned
to the legal owner may be “disposed of in accordance with agency
procedures” (usually destruction).SB 5483, by Sen. Adam Kline (D-37) is
another firearms safe storage bill that — technically at least — does
not “mandate” safe storage of a firearm, but imposes severe penalties,
up to a Class “C” felony, if an unauthorized person access your firearm(s).

Several bills are being run this session in an attempt to identify and
control the possession of firearms by prohibited persons, be they gang
members or mentally incompetent or juveniles… and occasionally the
otherwise innocent young person with a gun.The problem with bills
written so tightly as to catch ALL offenders is that they also catch
some people the law was never intended to catch, or where no criminal
intent existed.I have listed the GOAL Position on these bills as
“CONCERNS” in the hope that the bill sponsor will accept recommended
amendments to ensure the bill stays focused on the bad guys.”Concerns”
is NOT an endorsement of the bill.

A long time ago (and it seems in a land far away), then-Senate Majority
Leader Lyndon Johnson made this observation about bills/proposed
laws:”It is better to consider a bill in light of the HARM it will do if
IMPROPERLY administered, rather than in light of the GOOD it will do if
PROPERLY administered.”Far be it from me to accuse legislators of
intentionally passing misleading bills.But consider the 1970s RICO
(racketeering) statute, supposedly targeting organized crime, and how it
has been misapplied over the decades.It’s called the law of unintended
consequences, and the wrong people can be — and have been — harmed by it.

I expect several more extreme gun control bills to be offered during the
session, but at this point HB 1588 is the most dangerous bill under
consideration.Using classic bait & switch tactics (just as at the
federal level), HB 1588 nominally requires background checks — only —
of any firearm transferred in Washington state.It also allows up to a
$20 “fee” (tax?) for such background check.What this really is is a
firearm registration bill in disguise.Two methods of background check
are offered: processing by a federally-licensed firearms dealer (FFL) or
visit your local police or sheriff’s station and have them run a
background check.For an FFL to conduct a NICS background check on a
transfer, he or she must first log the firearm into the business’s
“bound book,”Then the buyer must fill out a Form 4473 before the
call.Between the bound book and the 4473, a permanent record of the
firearm and the buyer is created, subject to ATF inspection upon
demand.(If the buyer fails the background check, the FFL CANNOT return
your firearm to you until after another NICS check is conducted — on
you, with suitable fee.)

The second method is to ask your local police to do the check for
you.The bill mandates a form similar to the current state “white” form
used on all handgun transfers, complete with description of the buyer
and the firearm.Two problems here:the big one is that there is no
prohibition on law enforcement, or the Department of Licensing, from
keeping the records, either the form itself or transferred to a computer
data base. We call that “registration,” as in the State Pistol
Registry.The second problem here is that under federal law, local
agencies do not have legal access to NICS for simple transfers.

Let there be no doubt in your mind, HB 1588, and similar bills to be
offered at the federal level, are after one thing only: gun
registration.If they want to debate registration, by all means do so.But
call it what it is.Don’t try to sell it under a false flag, and one that
is likely to gain widespread support even among gun owners. There ARE
ways to conduct background checks WITHOUT the record-keeping. We showed
them that in Olympia twice in the past decade.They rejected it, and
admitted that what they wanted was the “audit trail” — the paperwork.

Four public hearings are scheduled next week on bills of gun owner
interest.The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on HB 1383
(Stalking) at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, 7 February in House Hearing Room
“A.”The Senate Human Services & Corrections Committee will hear THREE
bills next week: SBs 5282 (DSHS/WSP data exchange) and 5452 (Stalking)
at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, 5 February in Senate Hearing Room 1.SB 5376 (Juvi
firearms) will be heard at 10 a.m. on Thursday, 7 February, also in
Senate Hearing Room “1.”

Public hearings 101.A public hearing is exactly that — an opportunity
for the public to provide input on bills under consideration.Each bill
starts with an explanation of the bill’s effect by committee staff, then
a statement by the bill’s prime sponsor.It is then opened to public
input, controlled by the committee chair.If you want to speak on a bill,
you must sign up prior to the hearing.Tables just outside or inside the
hearing room have sign-up sheets available.You can also sign on and
state your position on a bill (“pro” = support, “con” = oppose) without
giving public testimony.Public testimony is usually limited to a maximum
of three minutes, to allow as many as possible to speak, so keep your
testimony to one or two points.Start with your name, any organization
you might represent (you must be a designated representative, NOT just a
member), and your home town.In short, simple terms explain why you
support or oppose the bill.Do not repeat earlier testimony if another
person has made that point and do NOT attack or criticize people on the
other side of the issue.You may also leave a written copy of your
testimony with staff.

The Legislature has published new telephone and office directories for
the 2013 session.The following links can be used to identify direct
contact information:

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

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

BILL STATUS:

House Bill numbering begins with 1000; Senate Bills with 5000.The
following bills have been filed so far in the 2013-14 biennium:

Bill #SubjectSponsorStatus

HB 1096Juvi illegal firearm possessionHurst (D-31)H. Jud

HB 11471^st degree juvi unlawful possess.Goodman (D-45)H. Jud

HB 1184Range protectionTakko (D-19)H. Jud

HB 1318CPL renewal noticeTaylor (-15)H. Jud

HB 1371WA Firearms Freedom ActTaylor (R-15)H. Jud

HB 1383Stalking protection ordersGoodman (D-45)H. Jud

HB 1561Short barreled riflesBlake (D-19)H. Jud

HB 1588Background checksPedersen (D-43)H. Jud

HB 1612Firearm offender registryHope (R-44)H. Jud

SB 5282DSHS/WSP info exchangeCarrell (R-28)S. HS&C

SB 5376Juvi illegal firearm possessionKline (D-37)S. HS&C

SB 5452Stalking protection ordersConway (D-S. HS&C

SB 5479Safekeeping of firearmsKeiser (D-33)S. L&J

SB 5485Mandatory safe storageKline (D-37)S. L&J

Key to abbreviations:SB = Senate Bill, HB = House Bill, Jud = Judiciary,
L&J = Law & Justice, HS&C = Human Services & Corrections

GOAL POSITION ON BILLS

HB 1096CONCERNS

HB 1147CONCERNS

HB 1184SUPPORT

HB 1318SUPPORT

HB 1371SUPPORT

HB 1383UNDER REVIEW

HB 1561SUPPORT

HB 1588OPPOSE

HB 1612OPPOSE

SB 5282SUPPORT

SB 5376CONCERNS

SB 5452CONCERNS

SB 5479OPPOSE

SB 5485OPPOSE

HEARING(S) SCHEDULED

5 FebSBs 5282 & 5452Senate Human Services & Corrections Committee

10:00 a.m.Senate Hearing Room “1”John A. Cherberg Senate Office Building

7 FebSB 5376Senate Human Services & Corrections Committee

10:00 a..m.Senate Hearing Room “1”John A. Cherberg Senate Office Building

7 FebHB 1383House Judiciary Committee

1:30 p.m.House Hearing Room “A”John L. O’Brien House Office Building

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!!!

1-800-562-6000TDD 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 http://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, to any citizen.

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Upcoming WAC gun show(s):

Monroe16-17 February

Puyallup23-24 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

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