GOAL Post 2015-4: Legislative Update from Olympia 30 January 2015

GOAL Post

2015-4

Legislative Update from Olympia

30 January 2015

(Late distribution due to the fact I was attending the annual meeting of the Florida Sport Shooting Association at the Manatee Gun Club in Myakka City, FL.  Hopefully back on schedule this coming Friday.)

EIGHT MORE GUN BILLS FILED

MORE PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED

37 INITIATIVES FILED — NO GUNS

Eight new gun bills were filed this past week.  HB 1713 (Cody, D-34) would allow the courts to take guns from those determined to be at high risk, a much lower standard than currently exists.  HB 1722 (Hayes, R-10) clarifies short-barreled rifle provisions.  HB 1747 (Kagi, D-32) is attempt #11 since 1997 to pass a bill that allegedly does not mandate “lock up your guns,” but criminalizes you if you don’t and a child gains access.  This version is broader that previous versions which only applied to LOADED firearms; this one includes ALL firearms.  HB 1857 (Jinkins, D-27) allows family members and others to petition a court to confiscate firearms from those deemed an “extreme risk.”  HB 1886 (Hunt, R-2) would repeal I-594 in its entirety IF passed by a popular referendum.

SB 5643 (O’Ban, R-28) allows seizure of firearms from those deemed at risk because of mental health issues; again, this lowers the standard for disarmament.  SB 5658 (Dansel, R-6) clarifies reporting requirements regarding commitment of individuals for mental health.  SB 5727 (Frockt, D-46) is the Senate version of HB 1857.

28 firearm or firearm-related bills filed so far, and we’re only three weeks — 21 days — into the session!

Public hearings were conducted this past week on HB 1131 (possession of ivory), SB 5241 (possession of ivory) and SB 5500 (retired LEO carry on school campus).  Links to the TVWashington video coverage of these bills may be found at the bottom of each bill page.  A green-boxed link at the top of each page allows readers to submit comments on a bill.

Only two public hearings are scheduled for this week:  HB 1713 in House Judiciary on 3 Fenbruary and SB 5658 in Senate Law & Justice on 5 February.  Details below.

To date, 37 initiatives have been filed with the Secretary of State, all Initiatives to the People.  At this point, NONE deal with firearms.  Most are tax-related or deal with marijuana.

BILL STATUS:

Bill #  Subject  Prime sponsor Status Goal Position
HB 1119 Hunter education issues Blake (D-17) H. Ag/NatRes   SUPPORT
HB 1131 Prohibits sale/transfer of ivory Pettigrew (D-37) H. Ag/NatRes   OPPOSE
HB 1191 CPL renewal notices Taylor (R-15) H. Jud.   SUPPORT
HB 1193 Prohibiting gun owner data base Taylor (R-15) H. Jud.   SUPPORT
HB 1245 Repeals I-594 Shea (R-4) H. Jud.   SUPPORT
HB 1324 Codifies castle doctrine and stand your ground  Shea (R-4) Shea (R-4) H. Jud.   SUPPORT
HB 1433 Modifies Gun Free School Zone law Scott (R-38) H. Jud.   SUPPORT
HB 1474 Defense against animal attack Taylor (R-15) H. Jud.   SUPPORT
HB 1506 Exempts security guard transfers from I-594 Kirby (D-29) H. Jud.   SUPPORT
HB 1521 Returns NICS “delay” to three days (I-594) Taylor (R-15) H. Jud.   SUPPORT
HB 1533 Exempts guns loaned to museums from I-594 Van Werven (R-42) H. Jud.   SUPPORT
HB 1535 Exempts active LEOs from waiting period Klippert (R-8) H. Jud.   OPPOSE
HB 1713 Mental health/guns Cody (D-34) H. Jud. OPPOSE
HB 1722 Short barreled rifles Hayes (R-10) H. Jud. SUPPORT
HB 1747 Safe storage of firearms Kagi (D-32) H. Jud. OPPOSE
HB 1857 Extreme protective orders Jinkins (D-27)  H. Jud.   OPPOSE
HB 1886 Repeals I-594 by popular vote Hunt (R-2) H. Jud. SUPPORT
SB 5036 Penalizes criminal misuse of body armor O’Ban (R-28) S. L&J PENDING
SB 5241 Prohibits sale/transfer of ivory Litzow (R-41) S. NatRes/Parks OPPOSE
SB 5381 Return of firearms held by law enforcement Billig (D-3) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 5476 Exempts active LEOs from waiting period Dammeier (R-25) S. L&J SUPPORT
SB 5500 Allows retired LEOs to carry on school grounds Roach (R-31) S. L&J SUPPORT
SB 5539 Exempts LEO’s from three day waiting period Roach (R-31) S. L&J SUPPORT
SB 5579 Exempts licensed scty guards from b/g checks Dammeier (R-25) S. L&J SUPPORT
SB 5615 Exempts military members from b/g checks Benton (R-17) S. L&J SUPPORT
SB 5643 Mental health/guns O’Ban (R-28) S. HumSer OPPOSE
SB 5658 Reporting of mental health commitment Dansel (R-7) S. L&J NEUTRAL
SB 5727 Extreme protective orders Frockt (D-46) S. L&J OPPOSE

HB = House Bill, SB = Senate Bill, H. Jud. = House Judiciary, S. L&J = Senate Law & Justice, H. Ag/NatRes = House Agriculture & Natural Resources, S. NatRes/Parks = Senate Natural Resources & Parks, S. Hum Ser = Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing

HEARINGS SCHEDULED:

HB 1713   House Judiciary  HHR “A”  John L. O’Brien Building
3 Feb  10:00 a.m.
SB 5658 Senate Law & Justice SHR “1”  John A. Cherberg Building
5 Feb  8:00 a.m.

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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Upcoming WAC gun show(s):

Monroe             14-15 February

Puyallup         21-22 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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One Response to GOAL Post 2015-4: Legislative Update from Olympia 30 January 2015

  1. RC7 says:

    Thanks to the folks at GOAL for keeping us up to date. I hope, however, that you will reconsider your support for some of the bills listed above. Constitutional rights–such as the right to keep and bear arms–should apply equally to citizens who have not forfeited their rights. I hope GOAL will stop supporting the creation of categories of people who have more/better rights than the rest of us. Specifically, I’m referring to bills that would exempt military and LEOs from parts of I-594 and other laws that interfere with the right to keep and bear arms. As US military veteran and former federal LEO, I object to the notion that the rest of us are somehow automatically more suspect than the people who are supposed to be serving us. I realize you have good intentions but the road to hell …

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