GOAL Post 2018-3
Legislative Update from Olympia 19 January 2018
LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR CORRECTION
1/15 SENATE GUN BILL HEARING
NEW GUN BILLS FILED
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED
ACTION ON GUN BILLS
KIRO TV POLL
NOT ALL DEMOCRATS ARE OUR ENEMIES
The correct date of the Fiscal committee cut-off is 6 February, not 5 February as reported last week.
The first big gun bill hearing was conducted by Senate Law & Justice on Monday, 15 January. There was a turnout of several hundred on both sides, with two overflow rooms filled with attendees (unfortunately the pro-gun lobby doesn’t have a billionaire sugar daddy who provides neat highly visible t-shirts – but most of us DO have gun-related ball caps, club badges, pins, etc.) It was an amazing display of ignorance about guns and gun laws by the pro-gun control side. But that doesn’t stop them and their billionaire allies from pushing for every restriction they can get through the system. The bills heard in public testimony included SBs 592 (trigger devices), 6049 (magazine ban), 5444 (modern sporting rifle registration), 5463 (safe storage) and 6146 (preemption repeal). The entire hearing can be viewed on TVWashington at https://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2018011154.
Several new gun bills were filed this week. and one I missed last week! SB 6173, by Sen. Takko (D-19) is the counterpart of HB 2329 and strengthens privacy protections for CPL holders (our esteemed Attorney General wants to open CPL information to the public, as it was prior to 1993). HB 2422, by Rep. Peterson (D-21) is similar to SB 1049 and bans high capacity magazines. with exceptions. HB 2529 by Rep. Lovick (D-44) imposes the same background check (re-check requirement on CPLs that have been seized as previous law does was seized firearms, HB 2666, by Rep. Macri (D-43) is the companion bill to SB 6146, repealing state preemption of firearms regulation. SB 6298, by Sen. Dhingra (D-45), would add any conviction for domestic violence harassment to the list of violations forfeiting firearm rights. It’s bad enough that for more than ten years now we have been denying a fundamental, enumerated right to people convicted of what are essentially minor crimes. This is even more egregious ion that most domestic harassment cases consist of largely “he said-she said” testimony, and in today’s climate, the court usually errs on the side of the woman.
Two public hearings on gun bills will be conducted next week. At 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, 23 January, the Senate Law & Justice Committee will take testimony on SBs 6297 and 6298 (banning possession of firearms for those with a history of violence or who have been convicted of domestic harassment). At 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, 25 January, the House Judiciary Committee will take testimony on HBs 2519 (return of seized CPLs), 2293 (daycare firearm ban), 1387 (a/w registration), 2422 (hi-cap mag ban) and 2666 (preemption repeal). Again, a strong turn-out carries a message all its own. Better yet, if you can make it to Oly for the hearing, be sure to wear some clearly pro-gun item of clothing (not camouflage!) such as a ball cap, club membership badge, etc. (If you have prepared testimony, be sure to carry a spare copy with you ands leave it with committee staff.)
SB 5992 (trigger devices) passed out of the Senate Law & Justice Committee on Tuesday and is now on the Senate floor calendar awaiting final passage from the Senate. They will likely vote on it next week.
A KIRO TV poll conducted earlier this week showed 66% of respondents do NOT support a ban on bump stocks. I went back a couple of days later to see if it had changed – and it HAD changed. it was pulled!
Not all Republicans are our friends, and not all Democrats are our enemies. The link below goes to a great article about two pro-gun Democrats (and yes, they are solidly pro-gun, as are a few others; I’ve worked closely with both of them for several years). http://tdn.com/news/local/takko-and-blake-could-scuttle-raft-of-gun-control-bills/article_f46063f4-f0e8-576a-928d-d32ba6060cfd.html
BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:
HB 1000 Use of deadly force Doglio (D-22) H.PubSaf OPPOSE
HB 1004 Possession of firearms/state of emergency Shea (R-4) H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 1015 Limiting restrictions on concealed carry Shea (R-4) H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 1122 Safe storage of firearms Kagi (D-32) H. Rules OPPOSE
HB 1134 Assault weapon ban Peterson (D-21) H. Jud OPPOSE
HB 1174 Firearm safety education in schools Muri (R-28) H. Edu SUPPORT
HB 1181 Prohibiting handgun sales registry Blake (D-19) H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 1190 Prohibiting handgun sales registry Taylor (R-15) H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 1270 Encouraging voluntary use of locking devices Harmsworth (R-44) H. Fin SUPPORT
HB 1380 Repeals I-594 Shea (R-4) H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 1381 Universal recognition of all state CPLs Blake (D-19) H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 1387 Assault weapons background check Jinkins (D-27) H. Jud OPPOSE
HB 1483 Allows destruction of forfeited firearms Lovick (D-44) H. Rules OPPOSE
HB 1529 Use of force Ryu (D-32) H.Pub.Saf OPPOSE
HB 1592 Delivery of firearms to LEOs Klippert (R) H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 1725 I-594 check exemption for CPL holders Koster (R-44) H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 1731 Certain exemptions to I-594 Jinkins (D27) H. Rules SUPPORT
HB 1900 Hunter ed funding/NRA license plates Griffey (R-35) H. Trans NEUTRAL
HB 1933 Transfer of firearms at non-profit events Walsh (R-19) H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 2136 Profits from seized firearms go to education fund Taylor (R-15) H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 2293 Bans firearms in daycare facilities (exception) Kagi (D-32) H. Jud OPPOSE
HB 2306 Allows licensed veterans to carry at Comm Coll Van Werven (R) H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 2329 Strengthens law making CPL data private Walsh (R-19) H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 2363 Drone delivery of firearms to offenders Pellicciotti (D-30) H. PubSaf SUPPORT
HB 2422 Bans “high capacity” magazines Peterson (D-21) H. Jud OPPOSE
HB 2519 Return of seized CPLs Lovick (D-44) H. Jud NEUTRAL
HB 2666 Repeals state preemption of gun laws Macri (D-43) H. Jud OPPOSE
SB 5000 Use of deadly force McCoy (D-38) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 5050 Assault weapon ban Frockt (D-3) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 5073 Use of force McCoy (D-38) S. W&M OPPOSE
SB 5216 Firearm safety education in schools O’Ban (R-28) S. K-12 SUPPORT
SB 5441 Involuntary freeze on firearm possession Kuderer (D) S.HumSer NEUTRAL
SB 5444 Background check for “assault weapons” Frockt (D-46) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 5463 Mandatory safe storage of firearms Palumbo (D) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 5506 Transfer of firearms at non-profit events Zeiger (R-25) S. Rules SUPPORT
SB 5553 Suicidal, waiver of rights Pedersen (D-43) S. L&J NEUTRAL
SB 5795 Mandatory firearm liability insurance Chase (D-32) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 5992 Bans certain “trigger devices” Van De Wege (D-24) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6049 Bans “high capacity” magazines Frockt (D-3) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6146 Repeals state preemption of gun laws Saldana (D-37) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6173 Strengthens law making CPL data private Takko (R-19) S. L&J SUPPORT
SB 6297 Firearm possession with history of violence Dhingra (D-45) S. L&J NEUTRAL
SB 6298 DV harassment firearm ban Dhingra (D-45) S. L&J OPPOSE
HB = House bill, SB = Senate bill. L&J = Law & Justice, Jud = Judiciary, PubSaf = Public Safety, HC = Health Care, H. K-12 = House Early education, Aprop = Appropriations, Fin = Finance, W&M = Ways & Means “S” before a bill number indicates Substitute (amended).
23 Jan Senate Law & Justice Hearing Room 4, John A. Cherberg Bldg
10:00 a.m. SBs 6297, 6298
25 Jan House Judiciary, Hearing Room “A” John L. O’Brien Bldg
1:30 p.m. HBs 2519, 2293, 1387, 2422, 2666
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