GOAL Post 2019-15, Legislative Update from Olympia 19 April 2019

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Legislative Update from Olympia                                        19 April 2019

 

RALLY FOR YOUR RIGHTS

BILLS PASS, ONE DIES

CONCURRENCE VOTES

ONE MORE WEEK

SPECIAL SESSION LOOMS

BUMP STOCK WARNING

LATE DISSEMINATION

ON THE ROAD

 

A pro-gun “Rally for your Rights” will be held on the Capitol Campus on Saturday, 27 March at 12 noon.  A little late in the session, but still an opportunity to show your support.  It IS on a Saturday.  Try to make it and show them the gun lobby is not a paper tiger..

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GOAL Post 2019-14, Legislative Update from Olympia 12 April 2019

GOAL Post 2019-14
Legislative Update from Olympia 12 April 2019

BILLS PASS SECOND CHAMBER
CONFERENCE COMMITTEE FOR MOST
CHAMBER CUT-OFF NEXT WEDNESDAY, 17 APRIL

The House passed SBs 5181 (firearms/mental health) and 5205 (firearms/incompetence, both with amendments. The Senate passed HB 1225 (firearms/domestic violence) with amendments. All three bills await a concurrence vote (for the amendment) or go to a conference committee to iron out differences, where SB 5508 CPL background checks) still sits.. HB 1949 (firearm background checks) is on its way to the Governor. HBs 1465 (handgun delivery), 1739 (undetectable/untraceable firearms), 1786 (firearms/protective orders) and 1934 (military CPL renewal) and SB 5782 (spring blade knives) still await a floor vote. All five bills are on their chamber floor calendar, so a vote is possible in the next few days.

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GOAL Post 2019-13, Legislative Update from Olympia 5 April 2019

GOAL Post 2019-13
Legislative Update from Olympia 5 April 2019

POLICY COMMITTEE CUT-OFF; BILLS MOVE, BILLS DIE
ACTION SHIFTS ONCE AGAIN TO CHAMBER FLOORS
17 APRIL CHAMBER CUT-OFF, 28 APRIL SINE DIE

The legislature is moving into the final leg of its 105 day/15 week regular session. Just over three weeks left. The primary focus of the long session in odd-numbered years is supposed to be development and adoption of the biennial budget, Whether a budget agreement will be reached or a special session will be called is hard to say right now. Both the House and Senate have passed budget bills, but the bills are $750 MILLION apart – in new spending only! The overall biennial budget runs over $52 BILLION. Now to guns… Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2019-12, Legislative Update from Olympia 29 March 2019

GOAL Post 2019-12
Legislative Update from Olympia 29 March 2019

BILLS MOVE OUT OF COMMITTEE
BILLS STILL AWAITING COMMITTEE ACTION
SECOND POLICY COMMITTEE CUT-OFF NEXT WEDNESDAY

Side note: according to various news reports, around 2,000 individuals attended a “Defend the 2nd” rally conducted at the state capitol building in Salem, Oregon last Saturday. It appears Washington and Oregon are in a race to see who can pass the most restrictive gun control laws this year. 2,000 is by no means perfect, or even fully representative of Oregon gun owners, but it was a respectable turn-out. Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2019-11, Legislative Update from Olympia 22 March 2019

GOAL Post 2019-11
Legislative Update from Olympia 22 March 2019

GOV SIGNS BUMP STOCK BUYBACK FUNDING
AWAITING COMMITTEE ACTION ON BILLS HEARD THIS WEEK
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK
SECOND POLICY COMMITTEE CUT-OFF

Starting the second half of the 2019 legislative session. And I think it’s time for a pep talk. We dodged a major bullet last week when SSB 5174 (CPL training) failed to get a vote. That was no coincidence. They do a nose count before major votes, and if the votes aren’t there, they don’t bring it up for a vote. Should a bill as extreme as SSB 5174 become law, it would strike a major blow to the CPL program. Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2019-10, Legislative Update from Olympia 15 March 2019

GOAL Post 2019-10
Legislative Update from Olympia 15 March 2019

SB 5954 PASSES LEGISLATURE
CHAMBER CUT-OFF/TURNOVER DAY
BILLS LIVE – BILLS DIE
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED

In an unusual move, SB 5954 (bump stock buyback funding) passed out of the Senate on 28 February, was fast-tracked through the House on March 11th where it was amended, so it went back to the Senate, who concurred in the House amendment. It’s on its way Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2019-9, Legislative Update from Olympia 8 March 2019

GOAL Post 2019-9
Legislative Update from Olympia 8 March 2019

CHAMBER CUT-OFF NEXT WEDNESDAY
SHERIFFS, FFLs WARNED
BILLS PASS ORIGINAL CHAMBER
BILL STATUS LIST CULLED

The chamber cut-off is in five days. Bills that do not pass out of their chamber of origin by 5 p.m. are considered dead. (Always subject to extraordinary action.) Of the nearly 50 gun-related bills filed since the session began on 14 January, more than half have died. There are still just over seven weeks remaining for the 2019 regular legislative session.

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GOAL Post 2019-8, Legislative Update from Olympia 1 March 2019

GOAL Post 2019-8
Legislative Update from Olympia 1 March 2019

CHAMBER CUT-OFF 13 MARCH
SHERIFFS’ REVOLUTION SPREADS?
NEW BILL FILED

Correction: Last week I said the chamber cut-off was March 3rd. I missed a “1.” It’s March 13th! Ten more days to pass bills that threaten the constitution, threaten your wallet, or both!.

20 of 33 county commissions in New Mexico and their sheriffs have publicly stated their opposition to proposed gun legislation, declaring the proposals unenforceable. Not surprisingly, NM’s Democrat governor has ridiculed the sheriffs. Apparently, it’s not just Washington sheriffs who have decided enough is enough.

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GOAL Alert 2019-1

First, a quick Civics 101 refresher. The Constitution is a restriction on government power, not a limitation of the people’s power. The Washington State Constitution begins with Article 1, “Declaration of Rights.” Section 24 of Article 1 states, “SECTION 24 RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. 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.”

There can be no question that the right of the INDIVIDUAL CITIZEN to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE IMPAIRED. The common English meaning of “impaired” is “weakened or damaged.”

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GOAL Post 2019-7, Legislative Update from Olympia 22 February 2019

GOAL Post 2019-7
Legislative Update from Olympia 22 February 2019

NEW BILLS FILED
POLICY COMMITTEE CUT-OFF PASSES
SOME BILLS NOMINALLY DIE
FOCUS SHIFTS TO FLOOR ACTION

HB 2103, by Rep Matt Shea (R-4) effectively rolls back much of I-1639. The bill was filed just before cut-off, and barring extraordinary action, will go nowhere – this year. SB 5954, by Sen. Christine Rolfes (D-23), modifies bump-stock buyback procedures.

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