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