GOAL Post 2017-Special 2
Legislative Update from Olympia 12 May 2017
GOVERNORS SIGNS ALL GUN BILLS
SPECIAL SESSION CONTINUES
I reported last week that Governor Inslee signed HB 1100. That means that starting in late summer or early fall (it takes time to set up the system), CPL holders will receive a postcard renewal notice 90 days before their CPL expires.
On May 10th, the governor signed the remaining four gun-related bills awaiting action. He signed HB 1501, HB 1612, SB 5268 and SB 5552.
HB 1501 requires licensed dealers to notify the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) within five days if an individual pops negative (denial) on a NICS test. Denials may then be reported to the county prosecutor for his/her action, if appropriate. And if a person has a protection or no contact court order against the attempted buyer, the protected person must be notified that the individual attempted to acquire a firearm. Three things here: first, false “denials” are common, either because of mistaken identity or incorrect court documents (especially true of decades-old misdemeanor convictions). Second, an appeal may be filed to correct the record, thus preventing prosecution. Third, prosecution for what? An intentional false answer on an ATF Form 4443 is a false official statement, which is a violation of FEDERAL law. Whether it’s prosecutable as a state offense remains to be seen.
HB 1612 is a continuation of last year’s suicide prevention education bill. Among other measures, the program attempts to educated dealers on the outward signs of suicidal intent by some individuals. (I don’t recall the state, but many, many moons ago an eastern state prohibited sale of a handgun with either one round of ammunition or one magazine/cylinder load of ammunition. The former as a suicide preventive measure, the latter to supposedly restrict workplace violence.
SB 5268 adds e-mail notification of CPL expiration/renewal date provided an e-mail address was provided.
SB 5552 is the bone Democrats threw to gun owners this session, after they killed several solidly pro-gun bills. SB 5552 adds a few exceptions to the background check requirement of I-594, most dealing with close family members (in-laws). It also adds language exempting individuals with federal Curio & Relic licenses from background checks (on C&R-eligible firearms only), taking firearms away from suicidal individuals, and exempting background checks on temporary transfer of firearms to armed security guards by their employer, and transfer of firearms to military honor guards for funeral ceremonies.
The bills take effect on 1 July. That should close out the 2017 regular legislative session.
There are 10 days left in the 30-day Special Session as I write this, ten more days for the House and Senate to agree on a biennial operating budget. As reported before, the Republican-controlled Senate passed a balanced budget, funding all required programs, while the House passed a budget asking for $8 BILLION in tax increases. It’s hard to imagine how the two can be reconciled. 2/3 of the way through the session it does not appear there are any breakthroughs.
BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:
SHB 1100 CPL renewal notice
Blake (D-19) Governor signed
HB 1501 Illegal purchase of firearms
Hansen (D-23) Governor signedv
2SHB 1612 Suicide prevention
Orwall (D-33) Governor signed
SB 5268 CPL renewal notice
Takko (D-19) Governor signed
SB 5552 Certain exemptions to I-594
Pedersen (D-43) Governor signed
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED:
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