GOAL Post 2015-10 – Legislative Update from Olympia 13 Mar 2015

GOAL Post

2015-10

Legislative Update from Olympia

13 March 2015

CHAMBER CUT-OFF

THREE BILLS STILL ALIVE

PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED

ON/OFF/ON AGAIN ATF AMMO BAN

The original chamber cut-off passed Wednesday evening.  Eight bills died at that point (see “BILL STATUS” below).

Three bills remain under consideration for the remainder of the session, ESHB 1731 (mental health/guns), SSB 5381 (return of firearms) and SB 5658 (reporting mental health commitment).  The only bill of concern remains ESHB 1713.  As originally introduced, it would have treated any person deemed to have a chemical dependency (alcohol!) the same as a mental health involuntary commitment, with loss of firearm rights.  The bill was amended in the House Judiciary committee(SHB 1713), and finally on the House floor (ESHB 1713).  The current version is better than the original, but is still unacceptable, as it incorporates federal disqualifiers (firearms prohibitions) into state law.

Two public hearings on bills are scheduled in the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday (SSB 5381) and Wednesday (SSB 5658).

In a fine example of a federal kubuki dance, early in the week the ATF announced it was backing down on its reclassification of M855 ammunition as armor piercing — and thus adding it to the “ban” list.  Then on Thursday, they announced they were reviewing ALL 5.56x45mm surplus ammunition because it posed a potential danger to police officers (allegedly because of the increasing number of AR-based handguns on the market).  But not commercial .223 ammunition.  Exactly what is the difference between 5.56mm M193 and commercial .223 55gr FMJ ammunition?  Both use the same projectile, the original 55 grain FMJ bullet introduced with the M16 family of firearms back around 1963.  Law enforcement organizations have publicly stated that 5.56 military surplus ammunition does NOT pose a unique threat to officers… but what do they know?

Apparently what happened is the ATF received overwhelming opposition to its M855 ban, from industry, from law enforcement, from the public and from Congress, so they backed down.  But someone forgot to give the memo to the White House, and President Obama still wants a 5.56mm ammo ban.  So the games continue.  Meanwhile we’re looking at another shortage of 5.56mm ammunition as gun owners clean dealers’ shelves.  Again.  (Everyone DOES keep 500 rounds on hand for all the guns you own, yes?)

BILL STATUS:

Bill #  Subject  Prime sponsor Status
*ESHB 1713
OPPOSE
Mental health/guns Cody (D-34) Passed House, S. HumServ
*HB 1731
OPPOSE
Return of firearms held by law enforcement Ormsby (D-3) Died
*SB 5036
NEUTRAL
Penalizes criminal misuse of body armor O’Ban (R-28) Died
*SSB 5381
NEUTRAL
Return of firearms held by law enforcement Billig (D-3) H. Judiciary
SB 5500
SUPPORT
Allows retired LEOs to carry on school grounds Roach (R-31) Died
SB 5539
SUPPORT
Exempts LEO’s from three day waiting period Roach (R-31) Died
SSB 5579
SUPPORT
Exempts licensed security guards from b/g checks Dammeier (R-25) Died
SB 5615
SUPPORT
Exempts military members from b/g checks Benton (R-17) Died
*SB 5658
NEUTRAL
Reporting of mental health commitment Dansel (R-7) H. Judiciary
SB 5831
Support
Restoration of firearm rights Honeyford (R-15) Died
SSB 6015
Support
NRA License Plate Roach (R-31) Died

* indicates change in status this week

ESHB = Engrossed Substitute House Bill, SHB/SSB = Substitute Bill (bill amended in committee), HB = House Bill, SB = Senate Bill, H. Aprop = House Appropriations, H. Jud. = House Judiciary, S. L&J = Senate Law & Justice, S. HumSer = Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing

HEARINGS SCHEDULED:

SSB 5381
17 Mar 2015
H. Judiciary
1030
House Hearing Room A John L. O’Brien Office Bldg
SB 5658
18 Mar 2015
H. Judiciary
0830
House Hearing Room A John L. O’Brien Office Bldg

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, to any citizen.

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