GOAL POST 2015-6: Legislative Update – 13 February 2015

GOAL Post

2015-6

Legislative Update from Olympia

13 February 2015

NEW BILLS FILED

7 FEB “WE WILL NOT COMPLY” GATHERING

NEW BILLS FILED

10 FEB MOMS DEMAND ATTENTION DAY

HEARINGS HELD

HEARINGS SCHEDULED

FIRST POLICY COMMITTEE CUT-OFF NEXT FRIDAY

PREEMPTION IN THEIR SIGHTS — SEATTLE TIMES

INTERSTATE HANDGUN SALE BAN STRUCK DOWN

On Saturday, 7 February, about 50 individuals associated with the “I will not comply” group of I-594 opponents once again met in Olympia to protest the initiative.  Again, the legislature was off for the weekend, and only a few legislators were present.

Three new firearm-related bills were introduced this weekend.  All three were referred to the House Judiciary Committee for action.  HB 2031, by Rep. Mark Harmsworth (R-44), expands the current sales tax exemption for gun safes to other firearm safety devices.  HB 2088, by Rep. Matt Shea (R-4), lowers the age for issue of a concealed pistol license from 21 to 18.  HB 2089, also by Rep. Shea, would amend the current CPL reciprocity law to recognize all licenses issued to any state.  The only restriction is that the nearer must be 18 years of age or over.

On Tuesday, 10 February, the “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America” another gun control group supported by former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, held a rally in Olympia.  More appropriately titled “Moms Demand Attention,” the small gathering spent most of their time preaching to their own choir or like-minded legislators.

A funny thing happened at the public hearing on HB 1857 (extreme protection orders) this week.  Richard Bartholomew, legislative coordinator of the Family Law Executive Committee of the State Bar Association testified AGAINST the bill.  Bartholomew said current state law contains sufficient provisions to disarm those considered to be dangerous.  Judiciary Committee Chairwoman and bill sponsor Laurie Jinkins was none too happy to hear that.  Whether this will influence her intent to pass the bill out of committee, or influence any of the Judiciary Committee members remains to be seen.

Hearings were held on several other bills as well.  No further action was taken on some, while others passed out of committee.  SBs 5500 (retired LEO carry on school campus), 5579 (security guard exemption to I-594), 5615 (military/LEO exemption to I-594), and 5658 (reporting of mental health information) all passed out.  Executive session (committee vote) is scheduled on several bills next week (just before the policy committee cut-off).

At this point no additional public hearings are scheduled on gun bills.

The first major legislative session cut-off hurdle comes next Friday (20 February), when bills must pass their first policy committee or be considered dead for the session.  This is the first, and typically the biggest, cull of the session.  Many well intended bills, and some less than well intended, will die.  Technically, at least, because this hurdle, like the others in the session cut-off calendar can be waived if leadership wants to see a bill move.  New versions of bills that have died may also be introduced.

An article published earlier this week in the Seattle Times indicates many cities have placed state preemption in their sights.  The move is being led by MoveOn.org, the liberal Democrat activist group.  State preemption is the law, first passed in 1983, that prohibits cities and counties from passing their own gun control ordinances.  By passing preemption, the legislature has said it wants to see uniform firearm laws statewide, thereby NOT placing at risk a gun owners who travels into or through several jurisdictions with stricter gun laws.  Preemption is by no means unique or unusual – more than 40 states have some form of preemption law in force.  This is not the first time cities have attacked preemption.  Hopefully they will meet the same fate this time that they have in the past – failure.

Also earlier this week a federal judge in the Northern District of Texas struck down the prohibition contained in the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA 1968) that blocks purchase of a handgun across a state line.  GCA 1968 allowed long gun (rifle and shotgun) purchases from an out of state federal dealer (FFL), but blocked handgun sales.  Citing the 1998 creation of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which is a nationwide data base of individuals prohibited from possessing ANY firearm, the court said there is no reason why handgun sales through FFLs should be blocked.  Expect the Justice Department to appeal this.

BILL STATUS:

Bill #  Subject  Prime sponsor Status
HB 1119
OPPOSE
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.
HB 2031
SUPPORT
Tax exemption for firearm safety device Harmsworth (R-44)  H. Jud.
HB 2088
SUPPORT
Lowers age for CPL from 21 to 18 Shea (R-4)  H. Jud.
HB 2089
SUPPORT
Expands CPL reciprocity; lowers age to 18 Shea (R-4) 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
Support
Restoration of firearm rights Honeyford (R-15) S. L&J

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, 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

* indicates change in status this week

HEARINGS SCHEDULED:

No hearings scheduled at this time.

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

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Article 1, Section 24

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