From the Washington Gun Owners Action League:
GOAL Post 2020-4
Legislative Update from Olympia 31 January 2020
ANOTHER 2019 BILL RESURRECTED
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED
BILLS MOVE OUT OF COMMITTEE
DIRECT ACCESS FOR BILL COMMENTS
POLICY COMMITTEE CUT-OFF 7 FEBRUARY
WAC SEEKS VOLUNTEERS
SB 5434 (Wilson, C. D-30, bans guns in parks and day cares) was a 2019 bill that didn’t make it through last year. It was pulled up this week and sent straight to Senate Rules for a floor vote.
Public hearings are scheduled on several gun bills next week. Senate Law & Justice will take public testimony on 3 February at 10:00 am on SBs 6289 (Dhingra D-45, restoration of firearm rights) and 6584 (Zeiger R-25, unlawful purchase of a firearm) In House Civil Rights & Judiciary at 10:00 am on 4 February on HBs 2767 (Blake D-19, recreational shooting on public lands) and 2820 (Klippert R-8, firearms forfeiture DV court order). Also on 4 February I n House Public Safety, at 3:30 pm, HBs 2569 (Wylie D-49, pre-trial detention for certain firearm offenses) and HJR 4210
(HJR 4210 is a House and Senate joint resolution that if passed would be put up for a public vote. Sort of a legislative initiative to the people. HJR 4210 authorizes pre-trial detention for any individual found in violation of a firearm while subject to certain court/restraining orders. Is pre-trial detention constitutional? Just like “red flag” protection orders?)
Executive sessions were conducted on several gun bills this week and (several) passed out of committee. See “Bill Status” below. Executive sessions will be held next week on bills 2305, 2622, 2623, 2767, 2820, 6289, 6584.
Keep in mind you can attend executive sessions (sit in the hearing room) but there is no public input allowed. It’s sometimes instructive to listen to the legislators talk about the bills before they vote on them.
You can’t comment in executive session, but you CAN submit comments on-line on bills of interest. See next item.
Can’t make it to Olympia? You can go to the following web site to submit your comments directly for any given bill. Just add the four-digit bill number (four numerals only, not HB or SB) right after …bill/ I can’t promise the comments will be read, but it’s YOUR opportunity to be heard. Be polite, be brief.
Next Friday, 7 February, is the first policy committee cut-off date, the day by which all bills must pass out of their original policy committee (Senate Law & Justice, House Civil Rights & Judiciary or Public Safety for gun bills) or (technically) be considered dead for the session.
The Washington Arms Collectors is seeking volunteers to work the voter registration table at the gun shows in Puyallup and Monroe. If you have the time, please see Jane Milhans or George Kelley at the shows. The 2020 elections, at all levels, are the elections of a lifetime. Please do your part. Think of your grandson sitting on your lap in 20-30 years, asking, “What did you do in the big gun war, Gramps?”
BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:
HB 1010 WSP destruction of firearms Senn (D-41) S. L&J OPPOSE
HB 1068 Magazine restrictions Valdez (D-43) H. CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1315 CPL training requirement Lovick (D-44) H. Rules OPPOSE
HB 1374 Repeals state preemption of gun laws Macri (D-43) H. CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1671 Confiscation of firearms Dolan (D-22) H. Rules NEUTRAL
HB 2196 Raise standard for issue of a “red flag” order Walsh (R-19) HG. CR&J SUPPORT
HB 2202 Exempts law enforcement from a/w training Klippert (R-8) H.PubSaf OPPOSE
HB 2240 Bans high capacity magazines Valdez (D-43) H. Rules OPPOSE
HB 2241 Bans assault weapons and magazines Peterson (D-21) H. CR&J OPPOSE
HB 2305 Expands firearm prohibition re: protection orders Doglio (D-22) H. CR&J OPPOSE
HB 2467 Centralized firearm background checks Hansen (D-23) H. Aprop NEUTRAL
HB 2519 Ammunition background checks Walen (D-48) H. CR&J OPPOSE
HB 2555 Background checks for “other” firearms Goodman (D-45) H. Rules OPPOSE
HB 2569 Pre-trial detention for certain firearm offenses Wylie (D-49) H. PubSaf OPPOSE
HB 2622 Court order non-compliance, firearm surrender Kilduff (D-28) H. CR&J OPPOSE
HB 2623 Firearm prohibition, certain offenses Walen (D-48) H. CR&J OPPOSE
HB 2767 Recreation shooting areas on public lands Blake (D-19) H. CR&J SUPPORT
HB 2820 Firearms forfeiture/DV court order (correction) Klippert (R-8) H. CR&J NEUTRAL
HJR 4210 Pretrial detention for certain firearm offenses Wylie (D-49) H. Pub Saf OPPOSE
SB 5434 Expands gun free zones to parks and day cares Wilson, C (D-30) S. Rules OPPOSE
SB 6076 Bans assault weapons and hi cap magazines Kuderer (D-48) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6077 Bans high capacity magazines Kuderer (D-48) S. Rules OPPOSE
SB 6161 Excise tax on ammunition Dhingra (D-45) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6163 Unlawful possession BEFORE conviction Dhingra (D-45) S.Rules OPPOSE
SB 6288 Office of firearm violence prevention Dhingra (D-45) S. W&M OPPOSE
SB 6289 Restoration of firearm rights Dhingra (D-45) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6294 CPL training requirement Saloman (D-32) S. Rules OPPOSE
SB 6347 CPL validity seven years with training Wagoner (R-39) S. L&J SUPPORT
SB 6402 Use of a stolen firearm Rivers (R-18) S.Rules SUPPORT
SB 6406 Concerning firearms Wilson, L (R-17) S. Rules SUPPORT
SB 6584 Unlawful purchase of a firearm Zeiger (R-25) S. L&J SUPPORT
HB = House bill, SB = Senate bill. L&J = Law & Justice, CR&J = Civil Rights & 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).
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED:
3 Feb Senate Law & Justice Committee, Senate Hearing Room “1,” JAC Bldg
10:00 am SBs 6289 and 6584
4 Feb House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee, House Hearing Room “A,” JLO Bldg
10:00 am HBs 2767 and 2820
4 Feb House Public Safety Committee, House Hearing Room “D,”, JLO Bldg.
3:30 pm HB 2569 and HJR 4210
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!!!
1-800-562-6000 TDD 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.
Upcoming WAC gun show(s):
Puyallup 01-02 February
Monroe 28-29 March
GOAL Post 2020-4 in pdf for easy printing
“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