GOAL Post 2014-5

GOAL Post                                                                   2014-5
Legislative Update from Olympia                                     7 February 2014








The first policy committee cut-off in the legislature was at close-of-business today.  At least theoretically, all bills that had not passed out of their original policy committee (for gun bills, mostly House Judiciary and Senate Law & Justice) are considered dead for the session.  Keep in mind that “dead” doesn’t always mean dead if leadership wants to bring a bill back to life.  But barring unusual circumstances, once the cut-off passes, no further action will be taken on those bills.  Note the new “Bill Status” update in this GOAL Post.

This is the first opportunity to cull the list of bills under consideration.  As of tonight. most of the 46 bills and two initiatives we are tracking will die.  I’ll carry the full list one more week, then cut it back to the small handful still in play for 2014.  But remember, no bill is really dead until the fat lady sings on 13 March (last day of the session).

HB 2459 (hunter safety), and SBs 5956 (short-barreled rifles), 6025 (use of body armor in a crime), 6199 (use of incendiary ammunition and exploding targets) have moved from their original committees, along with SB 6245  Position on SB 6245 changed to neutral; all it does is repeat existing procedure regarding surrender of CPL if convicted or committed.

Initiatives 591 and 594 remain in both the House Judiciary and Senate Law & Justice committees.  The initiatives are not subject to the cut-off calendars and may be acted on at any time.  The unofficial word is that the legislature will decline to act on either initiative, sending both to the voters in November.

I-591 needs the support and help from every gun owner in Washington.  Additional information about the initiative and a link to made donations is available at http://wagunrights.org/

One more format change — an addition, actually.  I’ve added an asterisk in front of the bill number in Bill Status to identify a change in status during the reporting period, most commonly passage from a committee or chamber.  A quick scan down the list will alert readers to action taken on a bill.

The next major cut-off date, when bills still in play may die, is Tuesday, 18 February, when all bills must pass out of their original chamber (House bills out of the House, Senate bills out of the Senate).

A few people have asked me about reference I made in Olympia to gun confiscation currently underway in California.  A short explanation is available from an NRA-ILA Daily Alert message several days back.  The report is available at http://www.nraila.org/legislation/state-legislation/2014/1/california-apps-protect-yourself-if-the-government-comes-for-your-guns.aspx

The bottom line here is that while many people who support various gun control schemes do so with the honest intent of reducing “gun violence,” the ultimate goal of the leadership of that movement is the abolition of the private ownership of firearms.  Any time you hear the term “background checks” being used, think “gun registration,” which is a necessary first step to any effective gun confiscation program.  We have offered ways of conducting background checks without record retention; they have been rejected.  It’s not about background checks.  20 years ago California did away with “private transfers” of guns, and required all transfers to go through licensed dealers.  It is those lists they are now using to confiscate guns from newly-identified prohibited persons.

Bill #




GOAL Position

HB 1096 Juvi illegal firearm possession Hurst (D-31) Died H. Jud. Concerns
HB 1147 1st degree juvenile unlawful possession Goodman (D-45) Died H. Jud Concerns
HB 1184 Range protection Takko (D-19) Died H. Jud Support
HB 1318 CPL renewal notice Taylor (R-15) Died H. Jud Support
HB 1371 WA Firearms Freedom Act Taylor (R-15) Died H.Jud Support
HB 1561 Short barreled rifles Blake (D-19) Died H. Jud Support
SHB 1588 Background checks Pedersen (D-43) Died H. Jud Oppose
HB 1676 Mandatory safe storage Kagi (D-32) Died H. Jud Oppose
HB 1703 Gun “safety” training and tax Jinkins (D-27) Died H. Jud Oppose
HB 1729 Street gangs Warnick (R-13) Died H. Jud Support
HB 1788 Firearms/school employees Pike (R-18) Died H. Jud Support
SHB 1839 Background checks Goodman (D-45) Died H. Rules Support
HB 1840 Firearms/restraining orders Goodman (D-45) H. Rules Oppose
HB 1908 Firearms on school property Scott (R-39) Died H. Jud Support
HB 2020 Firearms-related jobs Shea (R-4) Died H. Jud Support
HB 2164 Juvenile firearm possession Orwall (D-33) Died H. Rules Support
HB 2324 Use of Force. Shea (R-4) Died H. Jud Support
*HB 2459 Ensuring Hunter Safety Blake (D-19) H. Aprop. Support
HB 2475 Making state law consistent with federal law regarding short-barreled shotguns and
short-barreled rifles.
Overstreet (R-42) Died H. Jud. Support
HB 2502 Delivery to Peace Officers. Klippert (R-8) Died H. Jud Support
HB 2529 Concerning a sales tax exemption for firearms and firearm ammunition to encourage
the purchase within the borders of Washington state.
Overstreet (R-42) H. Finance. Support
HB 2551 Protecting the constitutionally guaranteed right to the lawful possession of firearms during an emergency Overstreet (R-42) Died H. Jud. Support
HB 2664 Defense against animals Taylor(R-15) Died H. Jud. Support
SB 5376 Juvenile illegal firearm possession Kline (D-37) S. W&M Concerns
SSB 5452 Stalking protection orders Conway (D-29) S. Rules Concerns
SB 5478 Firearms/mental health court Keiser (D-33) Died S. L&J Concerns
SB 5479 Safekeeping of firearms Keiser (D-33) Died S. L&J Oppose
SB 5485 Mandatory safe storage Kline (D-37) Died S. L&J Oppose
SB 5604 NRA license plates Hatfield (D-19) Died S. Trans Neutral
SB 5625 Background checks Kline (D-37) Died S. L&J Oppose
SB 5635 Restoration of firearm rights Kline (D-37) Died S. L&J Oppose
SB 5660 Firearm safety education Chase (D-32) Died S. K-12 Support
SB 5710 Mandatory safe storage Kohl-Welles (D-46) Died S. L&J Oppose
SB 5711 Background checks Kline (D-37) Died S. L&J Oppose
SB 5737 Ban on sale of “assault weapons” Murray (D-43) Died S. L&J Oppose
SB 5739 Ban on guns in parks Murray (D-43) Died S. L&J Oppose
SB 5831 Prohibits double tax on clay pigeons Rivers (R-18) Died S. Rules Support
*SB 5956 Short-barreled rifles Hatfield (D-19) S. L&J Support
*SB 6025 Use of Body Armor O’ban (R-28) S. L&J Neutral
SB 6039 Ensuring Hunter Safety Pearson (R-39) S. Natural Resources & Parks Support
SB 6066 Restoration of Rights Honeyford (R-15) Died S. L&J Support
SB 6198 Protecting Sport Shooting Ranges. Roach (R-31)
Died S. L&J Support
*SB 6199 Addressing wildfires caused by incendiary devices. Braun (R-20)
Hargrove (D-24)
S. Nat Resources & Parks Support
*SB 6245 Surrender of CPL. Dansel (R-7)
Hargrove (D-24)
S. L&J Concerns
SB 6281 Ensuring an effective hunter education program Roach (R-31)
Pedersen (D-43)
S. Rules Evaluating
SB 6416 Delivery to Peace Officers Hatfield(D-19) Died S. L&J Support
I-591 Protect Gun Rights H. Jud & Senate L&J Support
I-594 Universal background checks/registration H. Jud & Senate L&J Support

Key to abbreviations: S. = Senate, H. = House, Ag/NatRes = Agriculture/Natural Resources, Fin = Finance, Jud = Judiciary, K-12 = Education, L&J = Law & Justice, NatRes = Natural Resources & Parks, Trans = Transportation, W&M = Ways and Means



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.

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Monroe 15-16 February

Puyallup 22-23 February

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Article 1, Section 24

Constitution of the State of Washington

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