GOAL Post 2019-5
Legislative Update from Olympia 8 February 2019
NEW BILLS FILED
BILLS PASS OUT OF COMMITTEE
MORE COUNTY SHERIFFS QUESTION 1639 CONSTITUTIONALITY
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED
HB 1934, by Rep. Michelle Caldier (R-25), allows deployed or certain other military members – active, reserve or National Guard – to renew their CPL either on-line or by mail… FOR A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR ONLY. HB 1949, by Rep. Drew Hansen (D-23), would authorize a study to determine if a single firearm background check system would benefit the state. One I missed last week is SB 5508, “clarifying” the role of the WSP in conducting CPL background checks. It is the counterpart (duplicate) bill to HB 1464. CPL background checks are currently conducted by county sheriffs or city police. While there may be advantages of uniformity and/or efficiency to a state agency doing the checks, it also removes the process from accountability to the voters (by an elected sheriff). Until we learn more, oppose.
House Bills 1068 (magazine ban) and 1225 (firearms/domestic violence) were passed out of House Civil Rights and Judiciary with substitutes (amended bills) and now sit in House Rules awaiting a floor vote. A substitute for HB 1739 was passed. HB 1739 is in Rules.
You will see bills stacking up in the respective Rules Committees awaiting a pull to the floor for passage. This is not uncommon early in the session when the focus is on getting bills out of their policy committee. Something else to keep in mind: the committee chair has total control over which bills receive public hearings, and which bills get a vote to pass committee. As a general rule, if a committee chair wants to block a bill, it’s effectively blocked.
(Regarding HB 1346, the lead ammo ban to protect “youth” 21 and under, maybe we should raise the voting age back to 21 as well. If 18-20 years olds can’t safely handle lead ammo, they can’t safely vote, either.)
The number of county sheriffs who have expressed reservations about the constitutionality or enforceability of I-1639 is rising while a TNT editorial advises them to hold their horses (and enforce the law). Unfortunately it remains the law – unless the current federal lawsuit ot another suit succeeds in overturning all or part of it. But that will take months. I’ve noticed some states with the initiative process require a 60% “yes” vote for passage. Too bad Washington is not one of them. Not that a fundamental, enumerated right should be subject to any public vote, anyway. And I thought the “I was only following orders/the law” defense went out with Nuremberg? Or could it be that, with the asaault weapon and magazine ban bills filed AFTER passage of I-1639, maybe the powers that be question the constitutionality of the initiative as well?
Public hearings have been scheduled for four bills next week. Senate Law & Justice will hear SBs 5434 (expanded gun free zones) and 5508 (WSP background checks) at 10:00 a.m. on February 11th. House Civil Rights and Judiciary will hear HB 1530 (expanded gun free zones) at 08:00 a.m. on February 13th and HB 1465 (repeal delivery of handgun on CPL) at 10:00 a.m. on February 15th.
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
SHB 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
SHB 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 1530 New/expanded gun free zones Davis (D-32) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1541 Expands list of probibited persons Jinkins (D-27) H.CR&JH OPPOSE
HB 1649 Exempts CPL holders from b/g checks Sutherland (R-39) H.CR&J SUPPORT
SHB 1739 Undetectable/untraceable firearms Valdez (D-43) H.RULES OPPOSE
HB 1763 Active shooters & armed school personnel Young (R-26) H.CR&J SUPPORT
HB 1786 Seizure of firearms/re: protective orders Jinkins (D-27) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1855 Intervention programs/juveniles in possession Orwall (D-31) H.HS/EL NEUTRAL
HB 1934 CPL renewal online/mail military members Caldier (R-25) H.CR&J SUPPORT
HB 1949 Single POC for firearm b/g checks Hansen (D-23) H.CR&J NEUTRAL
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/expanded gun free zones Wilson (D-30) S.L&J OPPOSE
SB 5508 WSP background check for CPLs Fortunato (R-31) S.L&J OPPOSE
SB 5782 Removes prohibition of spring-blade knives Zeiger (R-25) S.L&J SUPPORT
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).
11 Feb Senate Law & Justice Committee John A. Cherberg Bldg
10:00 a.m. SBs 5434 (gun free zones), 5508 (WSP background checks)
13 Feb House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee John L. O’Brien Bldg
08:00 a.m. HB 1530 (expanded gun free zones)
15 Feb House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee John L. O’Brien Bldg
10:00 a.m. HB 1465 (del. of handgun w/CPL)
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