GOAL POST 2016-2 Legislative Update

NOTE: This is posted late, through no fault of Mr. Waldron. This is your friendly web-dude speaking and I have been largely struck down with a nasty head and chest cold since Wednesday. My apologies for the late posting, but I do better work when I can actually think.

GOAL Post 2016-2

Legislative Update from Olympia 15 January 2016

LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR

INDEPENDENTS LEAD DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS

BEAU  COUP NEW BILLS FILED

GUN BILL DAY IN HOUSE JUDICIARY

The legislature adopted its calendar for the 2016 regular session.The
legislative calendar sets dates by which bills must clear various
hurdles.A bill that fails to clear the policy committee or chamber floor
by the designated date is generally considered dead for the year,
although they may be “resurrected” by parliamentary procedure.  Be sure to check the legislative calendar!

A recent Gallup poll indicates more voters identify as politically
“independent” over either the Democrat or Republican parties.42% of
those polled self-identified as independents, while 29% called
themselves Democrats and 26% Republicans.Both major parties have been
losing fans for several years.Dissatisfaction with
partisan-politics-as-usual is at an all-time high.How that will play out
in the elections remains to be seen.

Nine new gun-related bills were filed this week, most anti-gun.HB 2372,
by Rep. Senn (D-41) mandates destruction of firearms forfeited to
police; HB 2374, also by Rep. Senn, imposes a tax on ammunition sales;
HB 2460, by Rep. Walkinshaw (D-43), guts state preemption,; HB 2461, by
Rep. Jinkins (D-27) revisits extreme protection orders; HB 2481, by Rep.
Blake (D-19) allows short-barreled rifles; HB 2553, by Rep. Wilson
(R-17) guarantees possession and use of arms in a declared state of
emergency; HB 2603, by Rep. Kuderer (D-48) mental health and guns; SB
6267, by Sen. Schoesler (R-9) requires CPL renewal notice; and SB 6310,
by Sen. Jayapal, mandatory gun storage.It would appear the Democrats are
looking at 2016 as a gun control year, at least in the House.

House Judiciary chair Rep. Laurie Jinkins has designated Thursday,
January 21st as House gun bill day, the first of this session. At 1:30
p.m. she will take testimony on five gun bills in a public hearing: four
of them anti-gun, one pro.HBs 1747 (lock up your gun), 2461 (extreme
protective orders), 2372 (destruction of forfeited firearms), 2460 (more
gun free zones) and 2481 (allows short-barreled rifles) are all on the
agenda.

HB 1747 does nothing but demonize guns.It’s already considered reckless
endangerment to leave ANYTHING out that might harm a child: not just
guns, but toxic fluids, cleaning agents, bleach, etc.

HB 2461 broadens the opportunity for a family member, household member
or law enforcement to petition a judge to take away your guns – no
mental health professional involvement necessary.Have an argument with
your significant other?They might come after your guns.

HB 2372 requires law enforcement agencies to destroy forfeited
firearms.Current law allows them to be auctioned off to FFLs where they
may returned to service, with required background checks.This is more
demonization of guns because they think guns are veil.

One of the most important gun laws in Washington is RCW 9.41.290 – State
Preemption.This means that, with certain limited exceptions, only the
state legislature may pass gun laws in the state.Counties and cities are
prohibited from writing their own laws.This has been law since the early
1980s and has served as a model for other states.But obviously the other
side doesn’t like this. The latest attack on preemption comes in HB
2460, Walkinshaw (D-43), that would allow political subdivisions to ban
guns in parks and recreational facilities, libraries, and on public
transportation.Coming on the heels of a judge’s decision that Seattle’s
gun and ammunition tax didn’t violate preemption (currently under
appeal), this is the most serious attempt yet to overturn this
critically important law.

And the one good gun bill, HB 2481, which would allow Washington
citizens to possess short-barreled rifles, provided they complied with
federal law ($200 federal tax, extensive background check, restrictions
on movement).Short-barreled rifles AND shotguns were legal until 1994,
but once again, the “guns are evil” crowd prevailed and had them banned.

Note that the position on HB 1119 has changed from SUPPORT to
OPPOSE.This change is based on a request from the Hunters Heritage
Council and other hunting groups who oppose the bill for two reasons:it
allows a fee to be collected for heretofore free Hunter Ed classes, and
it sets a minimum age for youth hunting (8 for accompanied, 14
unaccompanied). HHC believes the parent is the best judge of when a
youngster is mature enough to hunt.The focus of GOAL Post, and my
expertise, is in the area of firearms law, not hunting regulations.I am
deferring to their judgment.

2016 Legislative Session

Bill #
Position
Subject Prime Sponsor Status
HB 1119
OPPOSE
Hunter education issues Blake (D-19) H Ag
HB 1191 SUPPORT CPL Renewal Notices Taylor (R-15) H. Aprop.
HB 1193
SUPPORT
Prohibiting gun owner data base Taylor (R-15) H Jud
HB 1245
SUPPORT
Repeals I-594 Shea (R-4) H Jud
HB 1324
SUPPORT
Codifies castle doctrine and stand your ground Shea (R-4) H Jud
HB 1433
SUPPORT
Modifies Gun Free School Zone law Scott (R-38) H Jud
HB 1442
SUPPORT
Exp. economic development via firearms/ammo G. Hunt (R-2) H Jud
HB 1474
SUPPORT
Defense against animal attack Taylor (R-15) H Jud
HB 1506
SUPPORT
Exempts security guard transfers from I-594 Kirby (D-29) H Jud
HB 1521
SUPPORT
Returns NICS “delay” to three days (I-594) Taylor (R-15) H Jud
HB 1533
SUPPORT
Exempts guns loaned to museums from I-594 Van Werven (R-42) H Jud
HB 1535
SUPPORT
Exempts active LEOs from waiting period Klippert (R-8) H Jud
HB 1594
OPPOSE
Imitation firearms Wylie (D-49) H Jud
HB 1692
OPPOSE
Imitation firearms Wylie (D-49) H Jud
HB 1713
OPPOSE
Mental health/guns Cody (D-34) H Rules
HB 1722
OPPOSE
Short barreled rifles Hayes (R-10) H Jud
HB 1747
OPPOSE
Safe storage of firearms Kagi (D-32) H Jud
HB 1857
OPPOSE
Extreme protective orders Jinkins (D-27) H. Aprop.
HB 1886
SUPPORT
Repeals I-594 by popular vote Hunt (R-2) H Jud
HB 2031
SUPPORT
Tax exemption for firearm safety devices Harmsworth (R-44) H Jud
HB 2088
SUPPORT
Lowers age for CPL from 21 to 18 Shea (R-4) H Jud
HB 2089
SUPPORT
Expands CPL reciprocity; lowers age to 18 Shea (R-4) H Jud
HB 2164
SUPPORT
Broad list of exceptions to I-594 background checks Shea (R-4) H Jud
*HB 2325
SUPPORT
Requires superintendent of public instruction to develop gun safety & hunter ed HS course. Muri (R-28) H. Edu
*HB 2354
OPPOSE
Ban “Assault Weapons”, Normal Magazines Moeller (D-49) H Jud
*HB 2372
OPPOSE
Mandatory destruction of firearms held by law enforcement agencies Senn (D-41) H Jud
*HB 2410
Pending
Firearm Felony Registry Hayes
(R-10)
H Jud
*HB 2460
OPPOSE
Crippling Preemption Walkingshaw
(D-43)
H Jud
*HB 2481
SUPPORT
Short-Barreled Rifles Blake
(D-19)
H Jud
*HB 2514
Pending
NRA License Plate
Hunter Ed Funding
Griffey
(R-35)
H Trans
*HB 2553
SUPPORT
Possession of arms/state of emergency Wilson (R-17) H Jud
*HB 2603
OPPOSE
Mental health & guns Kuderer
(D-48)
H Jud
SSB 5036
NEUTRAL
Penalizes criminal misuse of body armor O’Ban
(R-28)
S. Rules
SB 5476
SUPPORT
Exempts active LEOs from waiting period Dammeier (R-25) S L&J
SB 5500
SUPPORT
Allows retired LEOs to carry on school grounds Roach
(R-31)
S. Rules
SB 5539
SUPPORT
Exempts LEO’s from three day waiting period Roach
(R-31)
S. Rules
SSB 5579
SUPPORT
Exempts licensed scty guards from b/g checks Dammeier (R-25) S. Rules
SB 5615
SUPPORT
Exempts military members from b/g checks Benton
(R-17)
S. Rules
SB 5643
OPPOSE
Mental health/guns O’Ban
(R-28)
S Ment Hlth
SB 5658
NEUTRAL
Reporting of mental health commitment Dansel
(R-7)
S. Rules
SB 5727
OPPOSE
Extreme protective orders Frockt
(D-46)
S L&J
SB 5789
OPPOSE
Safe storage of firearms Kohl-Welles (D-36) S L&J
SB 5831
SUPPORT
Restoration of firearm rights Honeyford (R-15) S. Rules
SB 6015
SUPPORT
NRA license plate Roach
(R-31)
S. Rules
*SB 6158
SUPPORT
Transfer of firearms at nonprofit fund-raisers. Dammeier (R-25) S L&J
*SB 6165
SUPPORT
Short Barrel Rifles
Takko
(D-19)
S L&J
*SB 6267
SUPPORT
CPL Expiration Notice
Schoesler
(R-9)
S L&J
*SB 6310
OPPOSE
Safe Storage
Jayapal
(D-37)
S L&J

Key to abbreviations:S. = Senate, H. = House, Jud = Judiciary, K-12 =
Education, L&J = Law & Justice, Trans = Transportation, W&M = Ways and Means

HEARINGS SCHEDULED:

HB 1747
21 January
OPPOSE
House Judiciary
1:30 p.m.
House Hearing Room A John L. O’Brien Office Bldg
HB 2372
21 January
OPPOSE
House Judiciary
1:30 p.m.
House Hearing Room A John L. O’Brien Office Bldg
HB 2460
21 January
OPPOSE
House Judiciary
1:30 p.m.
House Hearing Room A John L. O’Brien Office Bldg
HB 2461
21 January
SUPPORT
House Judiciary
1:30 p.m.
House Hearing Room A John L. O’Brien Office Bldg
HB 2481
21 January
SUPPORT
House Judiciary
1:30 p.m.
House Hearing Room A John L. O’Brien Office Bldg

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!!!

1-800-562-6000TDD 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, to any citizen.

GET THE WORD OUT:If you want to subscribe to the GOAL Post by e-mail,
send a message to “jwaldron@halcyon.com” or to “goalwa@cox.net.”.Please
pass GOAL Post on to anyone you believe may have an interest in
protecting our rights.Better yet, make a couple of copies of this
message, post it on your gun club’s bulletin board, and leave copies
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REDISTRIBUTE GOAL POST PROVIDED IT IS REPRODUCED IN ITS ENTIRETY WITHOUT
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“jwaldron@halcyon.com” or by telephone at (425) 985-4867.Unfortunately,
I am unable to mail hard copy GOAL Post to individuals.Limited numbers
of hard copies MAY be available at the Second Amendment Foundation book
table at WAC gun shows.

Upcoming WAC gun show(s):

Monroe 23-24 January

Monroe 13-14 February

“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

Copyright 2016 Gun Owners Action League of WA

 

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2 Responses to GOAL POST 2016-2 Legislative Update

  1. Matthew Thimgan says:

    Someone brought to my attention after posting the latest bills list, what the asterisk by some bills represents?

    • wagoal_wp says:

      New Bill/Action on Bill. I’ve put in a question to GOAL leadership re whether continuing this is desirable. – Webdude

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