GOAL Post 2019-4 Legislative Update from Olympia 1 February 2019

GOAL Post 2019-4
Legislative Update from Olympia                                            1 February 2019

     E-MAIL SCAM
     NEW BILLS FILED
     PUBLIC HEARINGS CONDUCTED
     BILLS PASS COMMITTEE
     PUBLIC HEARINGS NEXT WEEK
     EMBOLDENED ANTI-GUN METALITY
     SOME COUNTIES REJECT 1639 ENFORCEMENT

Well, you’re going to love this.  I have been using the “Bills by Topic” page to track firearm bills for GOAL Post.  I just learned that page runs about a week late.  So much for automation.  A quick search of introductions, cross-referencing by RCW, reveals at least a dozen more firearm related bills or bills that touch on RCW 9.41.  I’ll be working the weekend to update this.

What appears below is correct… as far as it goes.

Several months ago the GOAL Post e-mail list ws hacked.  Since then, I have received a couple of solicitations citing a voucher and asking for money.  Other people on the list have informed me that they have received similar messages.  IGNORE THEM.  It’s a scam  Do not open the “voucher” attached to the message. 

Six new gun bills filed this week, again all in the House.  HB 1439 by Rep. Beth Doglio (D-22) prohibits a person from carrying a licensed concealed firearm into another’s residence without EXPRESS PERMISSION of the homeowner.  HB 1464, by Rep. Roger Goodman (D-45), makes the Washington State Patrol the background check agent for initial issue of concealed pistol licenses.  HB 1465, also by Goodman, removes the waiting period waiver for CPL holders when picking up a handgun.  Clearly, a CPL holder already been subjected to a more comprehensive background check than a non-CPL-holding purchaser.  HB  1649, by Rep. Robert Sutherland (R-39), exempts CPL holders from background checks upon firearm transfer.  HB 1739, by Rep. Javier Valdez (D-46), again addresses undetectable/untraceable firearms.  HB 1786, by Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-27) is a rewrite of the procedures to be used in seizing firearms from those subject to a protective order.

Again, each of these in and of itself doesn’t sound that extreme.  But it DOES act to impose another hurdle to exercise of what should be a near absolute right, and discourage gun ownership and/or carry.

Public hearings were conducted on six gun bills, HBs 1315, 1319 and 1346, and on SBs 5150, 5181 and 5205.  I was not able to monitor the hearings, but all are available on TVWashington in their archive section.  Many hearings are aired live, especially when they cover controversial topics.  All hearings are typically available in archives a few hours after the end of the hearing.  You can search for specific committee hearings (i.e. Senate Law & Justice Committee, House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee, etc) at https://www.tvw.org/archives/ and type in the committee name in the “search” box.

A few bills passed out of their policy committee and sit in their respective Rules committee awaiting a floor vote.  HBs 1068 (magazine ban) and 1225 (firearms/domestic violence) are in House Rules.  SB 5202 is in Senate Rules.  SB 5181 was sent to Senate Ways & Means for fiscal action.

A public hearing is scheduled next week on HB 1381 (use of UAVs to deliver contraband) in the House Public Safety Committee at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 5 February.  A hearing will be held on 8 February, in House Civil Rights & Judiciary, on HB 1786 (seizure of firearms).

(Note that all public hearings carry the annotation “subject to change.”  Before you drive to Olympia, check to see if the hearing is still on.  90+% of the time they are.  Keep in mind, too, that just because a bill hasn’t yet been scheduled for a public hearing, it’s still early days.  We’re only three weeks into the 2019 session.  They’re still filing dozens of bills every day.  They have until 22 February to pass original bills out of committee.  That’s three more weeks in which a lot of damage can be done.)

They’re getting bolder.  In line 5 of RCW 9.41.070 (CPL law), current law clearly states – and has for several decades – “the applicant’s constitutional right to bear arms shall not be denied, unless…”   Concealed carry with a CPL was clearly tied to Article 1, Section 24 of the state constitution.  The language of HB 1315 eliminates that phrase.  So apparently Rep. John Lovick and the bill’s other 11 co-sponsors don’t believe concealed carry is a constitutional right.  What other parts of the constitution do they find inconvenient?  You know, the constitution they swore an oath to uphold.  A public hearing will be held on HB 1315 on Tuesday, 5 February.

It appears a little grassroots revolution may be brewing in some Washington counties.  Six or more Washington county councils and/or county sheriffs have gone on record saying they believe portions of I-1639 are clearly unconstitutional or unenforceable and will not be enforced within their jurisdictions.  I’m not going to name the counties, suffice it to say they’re not in or around Puget Sound, but they are on BOTH sides of the Cascades.  These were all public statements to the best of my knowledge so a good Google search should reveal all.  Several law enforcement groups came out last fall in opposition to I-1639, but their objections apparent fell on deaf ears.

BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:

SHB 1010  Disposition of forfeited firearms by WSP        Senn (D-41)     H.Rules  OPPOSE
HB 1022    Prohibiting handgun sale data base                   Walsh (R-19)    H.CR&J  SUPPORT
HB 1024    Prohibiting gun owner data base                       Walsh (R-19)    H.CR&J  SUPPORT
HB 1038    Authorizing armed school personnel                Walsh (R-19)      H.CR&J  SUPPORT
HB 1068    High capacity magazine ban                             Valdez (D-46)    H.Rules  OPPOSE
HB 1073    Undetectable and/or untraceable firearms        Valdez (D-46)    H.CR&J  OPPOSE
HB  1097    Repeals firearm confidentiality waivers          Walsh (R-19)     H.CR&J  SUPPORT
HB  1098    Repeals penalties/unsafe storage of firearms   Walsh (R-19)   H.CR&J  SUPPORT
HB 1203    Reporting lost or stolen firearms                       Doglio (D-22)  H.CR&J  OPPOSE
HB  1225    Firearms/domestic violence                            Jinkins (D-27)  H.Rules  OPPOSE
HB 1286     Assault weapon ban                                         Peterson (D-21)  H.CR&J  OPPOSE
HB 1315     CPL training requirement                                Lovick (D-44)  H.CR&J  OPPOSE
HB 1319     Open carry prohibited at public meetings       Wylie (D-49)  H.CR&J  OPPOSE
HB 1346     Lead ammo ban for “youth”                            Pollett (D-46)  H.CR&J  OPPOSE
HB 1374     Repeals state preemption of gun laws             Macri (D-43)  H.CR&J  OPPOSE
HB 1381     Use of UAVs to deliver contraband           Pellicciotti (D-30)  H.PubSaf  NEUTRAL
HB 1439     Permission to carry in a private residence        Doglio (D-22)  H.CR&J   OPPOSE
HB 1464     WSP background checks for CPLs                  Goodman (D-45)  H.CR&J  OPPOSE
HB 1465     Repeal delivery handgun with CPL                  Goodman (D-45)  H.CR&J  OPPOSE
HB  1649     Exempts CPL holders from b/g checks         Sutherland (R-39)  H.CR&J  SUPPORT
HB  1739     Undetectable/untraceable firearms                      Valdez (D-43)  H.CR&J  OPPOSE
HB 1786     Seizure of firearms under protective orders      Jinkins (D-27)  H.CR&J  OPPOSE
SB 5016    Authorizing armed animal control officers       Van De WegeS.L&J  SUPPORT
SSB 5027  Extreme risk protection orders, under age 18     Frockt (D-46)  S.Rules  OPPOSE
SB 5050    Body armor use in a crime                                  O’Ban  (R-28)   S.L&J  NEUTRAL
SSB 5061  Undetectable and untraceable firearms              Dhingra (D-45)  S.Rules  OPPOSE
SSB 5062  High capacity magazine ban                              Kuderer D-48)   S.Rules  OPPOSE
SB 5072    Extreme risk protection orders                        O’B    an (R-28)    S.L&J  NEUTRAL
SB  5099    Target shooting on DNR land                             Sheldon (D-35)  S.Ag   SUPPORT
SSB 5143  Seizing firearms/DV incidents                           Dhingra (D-45)  S.Rules   OPPOSE
SB 5150    College safety/officers weapons                         Wilson (R-17)  S.HiEd   SUPPORT
SB 5172    Firearm training/gun bill sponsors                      Fortunato (R-39) S.StGovSUPPORT
SSB 5174  Training for CPL issue                                       Palumbo (D-1)  S.Rules  OPPOSE
SB 5181    Firearm possession/mental health                       Kuderer (D-48)  S.W&M   OPPOSE
SB 5205    Firearm possession/incompetent for trial           Dhingra (D-45)  S.Rules    OPPOSE
SB 5340     Assault weapons ban                                          Kuderer (D-48)  S. L&J  OPPOSE
SB 5434    New gun free zones                                             Wilson (D-30)  S.L&J    OPPOSE

HB = House bill, SB = Senate bill.  L&J = Law & Justice     , CR&J = Civil Rights and 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).

HEARINGS SCHEDULED:

5 Feb     House Public Safety Committee    John L. Obrien Bldg

3:30 p.m.   HB 1381

8 Feb     House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee

10:00 a.m.   HB 1786

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 24/7 , to any citizen.

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Upcoming WAC gun show(s):

             Puyallup (Pavilion)       23-24 February

             Puyallup                        30-31 March     

“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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