GOAL Post Addenda 2015-2a
Legislative Update from Olympia 17 January 2015
IVORY SALE/TRANSFER BAN
HEARINGS SCHEDULED ON IVORY BAN
First, about SB 5036, by Sen. Steve O’Ban (R-28): SB 5036 would add a sentencing enhancement (increase) if an individual were to wear body armor during the commission of a felony. While not a gun bill per se, many gun owners also own/use protective clothing. Like firearm sentencing enhancements, we support them — when applied to criminals intentionally committing crimes. But the potential exists for the law to be applied in situations where it is not intended (2nd/subsequent violation of I-594, for example).
HB 1131, by Rep. Eric Pettigrew (D-37) and companion bill SB 5241, by Sen. Steve Litzow (R-41) would prohibit the sale or transfer of any product containing ivory from an elephant or mammoth or any product made from ivory horn. There are limited exceptions to such sale/transfer. Violation is a felony.
Why is this appearing in GOAL Post? We’re not aware of any market in rhinoceros horn pistol grips, but how about ivory? New ivory products have been prohibited by federal law for years, but ivory grips made previously are still around, and popular with collectors. Also, “ivory” isn’t necessarily “ivory.” Ivory comes from several animals, not just elephants. Wart hog and walrus tusks are common sources of ivory used in various products. How is an arresting agent going to know the difference?
Public hearings on both HB 1131 and SB 5241 will be held next week. HB 1131 will be heard in House Agriculture Natural Resources committee on Tuesday, 20 January at 10:00 a.m. in House Hearing Room “B.” SB 5241 will be heard in Senate Hearing Room “3” on Wednesday, 21 January at 1:30 p.m.
|HB 1119||Clarifying and streamlining various provisions of the existing Washington state Hunter Education Program||Blake (D-19)||H. AGR & NAT RES||Pending|
|HB 1131||Prohibits sale/purchase of ivory||Pettigrew (D-37)||H. AGR & NAT RES||Oppose|
|HB 1191||Mandating a renewal notice be mailed to CPL holders 90 days prior to license expiration||Taylor (R-15)||H Judiciary||Support|
|HB 1193||Eliminates the state pistol registry and prohibit the state from maintaining any data base of handgun purchasers||Taylor (R-15)||H. Judiciary||Support|
|HB 1245||Repealing Initiative Measure No. 594.||Shea (R-4)||H. Judiciary||Support|
|SB 5036||Creating a sentence enhancement for body armor.||O’ban (R-28)||S. Law & Justice||Neutral|
|SB 5241||Prohibits sale/purchase of ivory||Litzow (R-41)||S. Nat Res/Parks||Oppose|
Key to abbreviations: S. = Senate, H. = House, Ag/NatRes = Agriculture/Natural Resources, HS&C = Human Services & Corrections, Jud = Judiciary, L&J = Law & Justice, , W&M = Ways and Means
* = status change this past week
SB 5036 Senate L&J SHR 1.
John A. Cherberg Building 19 Jan 1:30 p.m.
HB 1119 House Ag/NatRes HHR
John L. O’Brien Building 20 Jan 10:00 a.m.
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