GOAL Post 2018-9 Legislative Update from Olympia 2 March 2018

GOAL Post    2018-9

Legislative Update from Olympia    2 March 2018





Bills continue to move as the session winds down.  SB 5992 (bump stock ban) has been sent to Governor Inslee for his signature.  HBs 2363 (drone delivery of contraband) and 2519 (return of CPLs) still await a floor vote.  SBs 5553 (suicidal, waiver of rights) and 6298 (DV harassment firearm ban) were both amended in the House and thus require a concurrence vote by the Senate.  HB 3004 (school safety/semi-auto rifles) was assigned to House Judiciary, where it sits without action.

The biggest news this week is that SB 6620, the newly-filed “School security and safety of students” bill, was significantly amended in the Senate Ways & Means committee before passing out to Senate Rules for a floor vote yesterday.  Shotguns were completely removed from the bill, All reference to “tactical features” for semi-auto rifles was removed – meaning it now applies to ALL semi-auto rifles, even your 10-22.  It grandfathers existing legal possession, meaning 18-20 year olds that currently possess semi-auto rifle(s) may keep them.  The requirement for the dealer (FFL) to file a separate background check request to local law enforcement (as is done with handguns) remains, but it eliminates delivery of a copy to the Department of Licensing and prohibits DoL from entering the information into a data base.  While arguably a slight improvement in the bill, it is still an unacceptable violation of both the 2nd Amendment and Article 1, Section 24.

There are six days left on the legislative session, which by law must end by midnight next Thursday.  Most of that time will be taken up with House and Senate floor sessions, taking up the bills that haven’t had their final vote yet.  Differences in bills as passed by both chambers, where they exist (bills amended in the second chamber) must be reconciled before a final vote may be taken.

For those of you who have been following the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and the mass, mainstream media-driven  outrage that followed it, you might have questioned how the response could have been so well organized.  The linked article below gives some background on that.  Be prepared for similar performances (and that’s what much of it is, an orchestrated performance) following future incidents.  Their end goal is effective repeal of the Second Amendment through further restrictions on firearms.  Of all types (look how they amended SB 6620 (above) from semi-auto rifles with “tactical features” to include ALL semi-auto rifles).  .


Read this the results of this survey by PoliceOne.com to see what 15,000 law enforcement professionals think of various gun control proposals.  It’s dated, but came out shortly after the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, so it ties in with today’s happenings.



HB 2363     Drone delivery of firearms to offenders            Pellicciotti (D-30)  S. Rules SUPPORT

HB 2519     Return of seized CPLs                                    Lovick (D-44)     S. Rules     SUPPORT

HB 3004     Student safety/semi-auto rifles                          Jinkins (D-27)     H. Jud.     OPPOSE

SB 5553    Suicidal, waiver of rights                      Pedersen (D-43)    Concurrence vote NEUTRAL

SB 5992     Bump stock ban                                    Van De Wege (D-24)   To Governor  OPPOSE

SB 6298     DV harassment firearm ban                    Dhingra (D-45)   Concurrence votes  OPPOSE

SB 6620     Student safety/smei-auto rifles                            Frockt (D-3)     S. Riules     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, “E” means Engrosssed (both mean amended).



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, 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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                Article 1, Section 24

       Constitution of the State of Washington

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