GOAL POST 2015-5: Legislative Update – 06 February 2015

GOAL Post

2015-5

Legislative Update from Olympia

06 February 2015

NEW BILLS FILED

MISSED A COUPLE LAST WEEK!

TOY GUN CONTROL

“SAFE STORAGE” BILLS BACK

BILLS MOVE

PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED

TWO WEEKS UNTIL FIRST POLICY CHAMBER CUT-OFF

FORMAT CHANGE:  MERGING “BILL STATUS” WITH “GOAL POSITION”

Only two new gun bills have been filed this week.  SB 5789, by Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36) is the Senate counterpart to HB 1747, the “this does not mandate how a firearm is stored” bill.  SB 5831, by Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-15) makes minor changes to the procedure to have firearm rights restored after certain misdemeanor convictions.

While on the road earlier, I missed a few bills that should have been listed last week:  HB 1442 by Rep. Graham Hunt (R-2) promotes expansion of firearms/accessories and ammunition  manufacturing in Washington;  HB’s 1594 and 1692 by Rep. Sharon Wylie (D-49) would ban the manufacture, sale or possession of realistic-looking toy guns unless they are made of or coated with some bright color to indicate their non-gun status; HB 1731 by Rep. Timm Ormsby (D-3) is the House counterpart to SB 5381, mandates a waiting period before a firearm held by law enforcement may be returned to the legal owner and that any complainant be informed that the firearm is being returned.

Toy guns in the crosshairs!  Not content to go after real guns, Rep. Sharon Wylie (D-49) has set her sights on toy guns as well.  She has filed HBs 1594 and 1692, both of which require all imitation (toy) guns sold or possessed in Washington to be made of some bright material or coloring to distinguish them from “real” firearms.  I guess Rep. Wylie isn’t familiar with the real pastel pistols offered these days by some manufacturers.

For the 11th time in the past 18 years, bills penalizing gun owners if they fail to lock up their gun(s) and it/they are accessed by a juvenile have been filed.  HB 1747 (Kagi, D-32) and SB 5789 (Kohl-Welles, D-36) are the bills in question.  There are two significant differences in these versions of the bill from previous versions:  they raise the age limit of unauthorized access from sixteen to eighteen, and they cover ALL firearms where previous versions only addressed LOADED firearms.  The previous versions failed in several Democrat-controlled legislatures… these should die as well, but you can expect they will receive wide media attention.

The bills contain a clear statement that “Nothing in this section mandates how or where a firearm must be stored.”  True statement, as far as it goes, but misleading.  If you DON’T lock up your gun(s), and a minor accesses it/them, YOU can be charged with a crime.  That’s the bottom line.  And while many legislators don’t believe or choose not to understand it, one size of gun security does not fit all.  Everyone’s circumstances vary, family configuration, maturity of children, security situation, etc.  It’s not up to someone sitting in the comfort of the legislative chamber to decide for you what works for you.

The existing reckless endangerment statute (RCW 9a.36.050) already criminalizes a person who unnecessarily endangers another person with ANYTHING.  A charge of reckless endangerment was deferred in the 2012 Kitsap school shooting.  Maybe they should run a bill requiring prosecutors to do their jobs.  But what the bill’s proponents want is a GUN BILL, that demonizes GUNS, ignoring the fact that unintentional gunshot injuries are far down the list of dangers to children (and others).  This isn’t about safety, it’s about politics.

(The next time a gun control proponents talks about “reasonable, common sense gun SAFETY” legislation, ask to see his or her firearms safety instructor certification, or even a gun safety course completion certificate.  They won’t have one.)

Several hearings have been held on bills in the past two weeks.  Executive action (a vote) has been taken on a few, others await a vote.  Hint: a committee chair can sit on a bill and not hold a vote… ever, if he or she doesn’t want to move the bill  HB 1131 (ivory sale/transfer) was passed in amended form and sent to the House General Government committee for further review.  SB5036 (use of body armor in a crime) passed out of Senate Law & Justice and now sits in Senate Rules, awaiting a pull to the Senate floor for a full Senate vote.

At this point seven bills are scheduled for public hearing this coming week.  Senate Law & Justice will take public testimony on five bills on Monday, 9 February, at 1:30 p.m.  The bills are SBs 5831 (return of firearms held by law enforcement), 5476  and 5539 (both exempt active law enforcement officers from the three-day waiting period on handgun delivery — just like that enjoyed by CPL holders today), 5579 (exempts security guards from the I-594 background check requirement) and 5615 (exempts active military personnel from I-594).  HB 1731 (House version of SB 5831 — return of guns held by law enforcement) will be heard in House Judiciary on 10 February at 10:00 a.m. and HB 1857 (allows confiscation of firearms) in House Judiciary on 11 February 8 a.m.

(If you can’t make it to a public hearing but want to submit comments on a given bill, you can do so via the legislative web site, on the specific page for each bill.  Go to http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/, place the bill number in the box and click on “search.”:  When  the page appears for that specific bill, click on the green box labeled “Comment on this bill.”  Keep it polite, make a point or two, and cut it off.  This isn’t the place to vent — you do that on election day!)

The first major cut-off comes in two weeks.  There are two weeks remaining before bills that have not received a public hearing and committee vote will die.  Given the number of bills yet to receive hearings and the limited time left, it’s clear that the majority of bill will die — technically, at least — on 20 February.  You may see a few evening hearings scheduled as committee chairs try to cram bills in, but historically half or more of bills filed fail to clear to clear the first hurdle.

At the request of several subscribers, I have changed the GOAL Post format slightly.  Basically, I have merged the “Bill Status” and “GOAL Position” elements into a single section.  You can read the basics about the bill (number, subject, sponsor, status” and on the next line, the GOAL position on the bill.  I’ve tried putting all of it on the same line, but I run out of space.

I’ve also been asked to prioritize bills, in support of or opposition to.  I can’t do that for several thousand subscribers.  Each of you has differing priorities, differing interests.  You have to choose what’s important to you.  If a particular bill needs special attention, I’ll do that in the narrative above.,

 

BILL STATUS:

Bill #  Subject  Prime sponsor Status
HB 1119
SUPPORT
Hunter education issues Blake (D-17) H. Ag/NatRes
*SHB 1131
OPPOSE
Prohibits sale/transfer of ivory Pettigrew (D-37) H. Ag/NatRes
HB 1191
SUPPORT
CPL renewal notices Taylor (R-15) H. Jud.
HB 1193
SUPPORT
Prohibiting gun owner data base Taylor (R-15) H. Jud.
HB 1245
SUPPORT
Repeals I-594 Shea (R-4) H. Jud.
HB 1324
SUPPORT
Codifies castle doctrine and stand your ground  Shea (R-4) Shea (R-4) H. Jud.
HB 1433
SUPPORT
Modifies Gun Free School Zone law Scott (R-38) H. Jud.
HB 1442
SUPPORT
Exp. economic development via firearms/ammo G. Hunt (R-2) H. Jud.
HB 1474
SUPPORT
Defense against animal attack Taylor (R-15) H. Jud.
HB 1506
SUPPORT
Exempts security guard transfers from I-594 Kirby (D-29) H. Jud.
HB 1521
SUPPORT
Returns NICS “delay” to three days (I-594) Taylor (R-15) H. Jud.
HB 1533
SUPPORT
Exempts guns loaned to museums from I-594 Van Werven (R-42) H. Jud.
HB 1535
SUPPORT
Exempts active LEOs from waiting period Klippert (R-8) H. Jud.
HB 1594
OPPOSE
Imitation firearms Wylie (D-49)  H. Jud.
HB 1692
OPPOSE
Imitation firearms Wylie (D-49)  H. Jud.
HB 1713
OPPOSE
Mental health/guns Cody (D-34) H. Jud.
HB 1722
SUPPORT
Short barreled rifles Hayes (R-10) H. Jud.
HB 1731
OPPOSE
Return of firearms held by law enforcement Ormsby (D-3) H. Jud.
HB 1747
OPPOSE
Safe storage of firearms Kagi (D-32) H. Jud.
HB 1857
OPPOSE
Extreme protective orders Jinkins (D-27)  H. Jud.
HB 1886
SUPPORT
Repeals I-594 by popular vote Hunt (R-2) H. Jud.
SB 5036
NEUTRAL
Penalizes criminal misuse of body armor O’Ban (R-28) S. L&J
SB 5241
OPPOSE
Prohibits sale/transfer of ivory Litzow (R-41) S. NatRes/Parks
SB 5381
OPPOSE
Return of firearms held by law enforcement Billig (D-3) S. L&J
SB 5476
SUPPORT
Exempts active LEOs from waiting period Dammeier (R-25) S. L&J
SB 5500
SUPPORT
Allows retired LEOs to carry on school grounds Roach (R-31) S. L&J
SB 5539
SUPPORT
Exempts LEO’s from three day waiting period Roach (R-31) S. L&J
SB 5579
SUPPORT
Exempts licensed security guards from b/g checks Dammeier (R-25) S. L&J
SB 5615
SUPPORT
Exempts military members from b/g checks Benton (R-17) S. L&J
SB 5643
OPPOSE
Mental health/guns O’Ban (R-28) S. HumSer
SB 5658
NEUTRAL
Reporting of mental health commitment Dansel (R-7) S. L&J
SB 5727
OPPOSE
Extreme protective orders Frockt (D-46) S. L&J
SB 5789
OPPOSE
Safe storage of firearms Kohl-Welles (D-36) S. L&J
SB 5831
PENDING
Restoration of firearm rights Honeyford (R-15) S. L&J

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

* indicates change in status this week

SHB/SSB = Substitute Bill (bill amended in committee), 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, H. GenGov = House General Government & Info Technology

HEARINGS SCHEDULED:

SBs 5381, 5476, 5539, 5579 and 5615
9 Feb  1:30 p.m.
  Senate Law & Justice SHR “`1,” John A. Cherberg Bldg
HB 1731
10 Feb 10:00 a.m
 House Judiciary   HHR “A” John L. Obrien Building
HB 1857
11 Feb   8:00 a.m.
 House Judiciary   HHR “A” John L. O’Brien 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!!!

1-800-562-6000          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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