GOAL Post 2018-4
Legislative Update from Olympia 27 January 2018
SB 5992 PASSES SENATE
NEW BILLS FILED
ACTION ON BILLS
PUBLIC HEARING CONDUCTED
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED
(Quick and dirty this week. I just got back on the redeye from the SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trades) Show in Las Vegas. All kinds of new toys that our Dave Workman will be covering in future articles.)
SB 5992 (“bump stock ban) passed the Senate on a 29-20 vote. It now goes to House Judiciary for their consideration. Given that the bill had a couple of Republican co-sponsors and four Republican Senators voted “aye” on final passage, it will likely sail through the House and go to the governor. The impact of this is very limited, and if this is all that passes the legislature this session, we will be very lucky indeed. Continue reading
GOAL Post 2018-3
Legislative Update from Olympia 19 January 2018
LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR CORRECTION
1/15 SENATE GUN BILL HEARING
NEW GUN BILLS FILED
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED
ACTION ON GUN BILLS
KIRO TV POLL
NOT ALL DEMOCRATS ARE OUR ENEMIES
The correct date of the Fiscal committee cut-off is 6 February, not 5 February as reported last week.
The first big gun bill hearing was conducted by Senate Law & Justice on Monday, 15 January. There was a turnout of several hundred on both sides, with two overflow rooms filled with attendees (unfortunately the pro-gun lobby doesn’t have a billionaire sugar daddy who provides neat highly visible t-shirts – but most of us DO have gun-related ball caps, club badges, pins, etc.) It was an amazing display of ignorance about guns and gun laws by the pro-gun control side. But that doesn’t stop them and their billionaire allies from pushing for every restriction they can get through the system. The bills heard in public testimony included SBs 592 (trigger devices), 6049 (magazine ban), 5444 (modern sporting rifle registration), 5463 (safe storage) and 6146 (preemption repeal). The entire hearing can be viewed on TVWashington at https://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2018011154. Continue reading
GOAL Post 2018-2
Legislative Update from Olympia 12 January 2018
GUN RIGHTS RALLY
NEW GUN BILLS FILED
PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED
Somewhere between 125-150 gun rights supporters showed up at the rally conducted on the Capitol Campus earlier today. Several legislators spoke to the crowd, including Representatives Matt Shea (R-4), Brian Blake (D-19), Vicki Kraft (R-17), Morgan Irwin (R-31) and Senator Phil Fortunato (R-31). After the formal presentations ended, individual participants visited their legislators’ offices. A big thank you to the legislators who spoke and to all who made the trek to Olympia to show the flag..
GOAL Post 2018-1
Legislative Update from Olympia 5 January 2018
RALLY IN OLY FRIDAY 12 JANUARY
LEGISLATURE CONVENES MONDAY, 8 JANUARY (60 DAY SESSION)
DEMOCRATS IN COMPLETE CONTROL
BILLS HELD OVER FROM 2017
NEW GUN BILLS PRE-FILED
NEXT WEEK’S HEARING SCHEDULE
SENATE GUN BILL HEARING MONDAY 15 JANUARY
LEGISLATOR CONTACT INFORMATION
HOW TO TESTIFY AT A PUBLIC HEARING
PUBLIC HEARING VERSUS EXECUTIVE SESSION
(This will be a long GOAL Post as I have to describe the environment and the processes involved for new readers. Future issues will be shorter. Also, keep in mind that GOAL Post focuses on gun law only, we do not cover hunting issues. The Hunters Heritage Council does that well. I normally post GP on Friday evenings to summarize that week’s activities and provide a forecast for the next. I’ll be at the SHOT show in Las Vegas the week of the 22nd, so that one may come late.) Continue reading
GOAL Post 2017-Special-Final
Legislative Update from Olympia 21 July 2017
THIRD SPECIAL SESSION ENDS
NO ACTION ON GUNS
SPECIAL ELECTION UNDERWAY
GOAL ENDORSEMENTS FOR SENATE
There was no action taken on gun issues throughout the three special sessions.
The third special session of the legislature came to a close last night without passing a capital construction budget. The governor says he will not call them back into session until they have resolution on a capital (state construction) budget.
What is at dispute is control of water in rural areas. A year-old state Supreme Court decision that Continue reading
GOAL Post 2017-Special 5
Legislative Update from Olympia 23 June 2017
THREE STRIKES, YOU’RE OUT! THIRD SPECIAL SESSION
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN IMMINENT — MAYBE
IMPACT ON GUN OWNERS
The THIRD special session of the legislature started on Wednesday, 21 June. They’re still hung up on the state operating budget. All bills that have not been passed to date go back to their original chamber (House bills to House, Senate bills to Senate).
This is similar to 2013 and 2015, when the legislature required multiple special sessions to pass the Continue reading
GOAL Post 2017-Special 4
Legislative Update from Olympia 9 June 2017
SPECIAL SESSION 2 CONTINUES
As the budget impasse continues, some progress is being made. While it does not impact the gun issue, I’m including an attachment here to a Seattle Times article from last weekend explaining exactly where the opposing sides stand. It looks like the principal question is not whether Washingtonians will pay more in taxes, but which taxes will be raised. Continue reading
GOAL Post 2017-Special 3
Legislative Update from Olympia 19 May 2017
SPECIAL SESSION ENDS IN IMPASSE
SECOND SPECIAL SESSION CONVENED
CRITICAL SPECIAL ELECTION AHEAD
The first special session ended earlier this week without budget resolution. Therefore the governor called them back immediately into a second special session. We’re now four days into the second 30-day special session.
GOAL Post 2017-Special 2
Legislative Update from Olympia 12 May 2017
GOVERNORS SIGNS ALL GUN BILLS
SPECIAL SESSION CONTINUES
I reported last week that Governor Inslee signed HB 1100. That means that starting in late summer or early fall (it takes time to set up the system), CPL holders will receive a postcard renewal notice 90 days before their CPL expires.
On May 10th, the governor signed the remaining four gun-related bills awaiting action. He signed HB 1501, HB 1612, SB 5268 and SB 5552.
HB 1501 requires licensed dealers to notify the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Continue reading
GOAL Post 2017-Special 1
Legislative Update from Olympia 5 May 2017
NO ACTION ON BILLS
I was at the annual NRA convention and meetings in Atlanta last Friday, but nothing happened anyway!
Governor Inslee signed HB 1100 (CPL renewal postcard) a week before the session ended. The first postcards should go out in late summer (they have to set up the system first).
Still awaiting the governor’s signature are HB 1501 (NICS denial police notification), HB 1612 (suicide prevention), SB 5268 (CPL renewal e-mail notification) and SB 5552 (limited I-594 background check exemptions.) (Correction, SB 5268 did squeak out just before the regular session ended.)