GOAL Post 2013-2

GOAL Post 2013-2

Legislative Update from Olympia 25 January 2013

(There was no GOAL Post published last week as I was at the annual
Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas, back home for
20 hours, then back to Washington to visit Olympia.Tomorrow I’m in
Orlando for the annual meeting of the Florida Sport Shooting
Association.Then things slow down a bit after that!)











I’m taking an unusual opportunity for an editorial (opinion) statement
on what is going on — or may go on — in Olympia.Those of you who know
me, or have worked with me in the past, know that I tend to take a “cup
half empty” view… of just about everything!That’s my background in
intelligence work:I’ll tell you the worst that can happen, then if
things turn out better, we can all smile.

I just spent several days in Olympia, talking with legislators in both
chambers and on both sides of the aisle.Most were generally optimistic
that — with pro-gun Republicans and Democrats working together — we
can block bad gun bills from moving forward.The numbers SEEM to be on
our side.But the NRA just released a very pessimistic statement about
the potential for disaster in Olympia.Who is correct?Everyone.But as the
NRA notes, it’s going to take work on EVERYONE’S part to stop bad things
from happening.

That means TALK TO YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS.Call, write, e-mail… it
doesn’t matter,But let them know — politely and courteously — where
you stand on bills.No really bad bills have been filed yet, but rest
assured they are coming.And when they’re filed, expect a full court
press to pass them — IN BOTH WASHINGTONS.The President is already
pumping up his 2012 campaign team to push for HIS gun control agenda.

(And don’t believe the hype about surveys indicating significant gun
owner support for various gun control schemes.They’re lying, using
“self-identified” gun owners.Right.In 1997, Washington Ceasefire claimed
their polling showed 65% support for Initiative 676.On elevtion day, the
only poll that counts, it was 71% — AGAINST.)

On Saturday, 19 January, tens (hundreds?) of thousands of gun owners
rallied in state capitols and elsewhere from Olympia, Washington to
Tallahassee, Florida to show support for the Second Amendmentand the
fundamental right of self defense.Estimates of the Olympia rally run
around 2,000-2,500, but one State Patrol officer who was there said it
was closer to 4,000.Contrast that with the 200 or so who attended
Washington Ceasefire’s “assault weapon ban” rally in Seattle the Sunday
before!The turnout in Olympia would have been significantly higher, but
11,000 people attended the Washington Arms Collectors show in Puyallup
the same weekend.That’s a WAC record!!!I guess we can thank President
Obama for that.

One of the first orders of business for the legislature is adopting
internal controls called “cut-off dates.”These cut-offs force action on
bills or allow them to die for the session.If a bill fails to pass the
specified cut-off, it is nominally dead for the session (subject to
revival if the chamber — House or Senate — want it).The cut-off dates
for the 2013 session:

February 22Bills must pass original policy committee

March 1Bills with fiscal impact must pass first chamber fiscal committee

March 13Bills must pass original chamber (House bills out of House,
Senate bills out of Senate)

April 3Bills must pass second chamber policy committee

April 9Bills with fiscal impact must pass second chamber fiscal committee

April 17Bills must pass second chamber

April 28Legislature adjourns

In the first GOAL Post I reported the filing of HB 1012, a bill that
would have limited self defense and required retreat.Several people
e-mailed back to say that HB 1012 was another bill entirely.I was right
— and THEY are right.Typically when a bill is filed, that bill number
is taken and not reissued.If a bill dies, it dies with that
number.Apparently by withdrawing a pre-filed bill (filed before the
legislature convenes), the number is released.You learn something new
every session!

A public hearing was held on HB 1096, a bill that would strengthen
penalties against juveniles illegally possessing a firearm under a
variety of circumstances.While the intent of the bill is legitimate, by
closing or reducing flexibility (i.e. “loophole”) in existing law, the
occasional “good guy” may be trapped into a stiffer sentence than he or
she deserves.The NRA has drafted an amendment which will be offered for
the bill next week.Please ask your legislators to support the AMENDED
VERSION of the bill, not the original draft.

Several new firearm-related bills were filed in Olympia this week.Like
HB 1096, HB 1147 (Goodman, D-45) also addresses juvenile possession of
firearms.I haven’t had time to do a line-by-line analysis of the bill at
this time.HB 1184 (Takko, D-19) is a bill intended to protect shooting
ranges from malicious lawsuits resulting from alleged noise
violations.The bill is narrowly crafted in the hope that it will pass
this time around.Previous range protection bills have either been vetoed
by the Governor or failed to pass the legislature.HB 1318 (Taylor, R-15)
is our second attempt at getting the legislature to require DOL to mail
a renewal notice to CPL holders approximately 90 days prior to license
expiration.HB 1371 (Taylor, R-15) is titled the Washington State
Firearms Freedom Act.Like its counterpart in Montana and other states,
the FFA declares that firearms and accessories made solely within the
state of Washington, for use by Washington residents only, are not
subject to federal regulation, as no “interstate commerce” was
involved.It’s a great statement of principle, and in that sense worthy
of passage, but the ATF takes a dim view of these laws.HB 1381 (Goodman,
D-45) creates a new class of protection orders for the crime of
stalking.It’s a long bill and I haven’t had time to thoroughly digest it
yet.Next week.SB 5242 would direct DSHS to share limited mental health
information with the Washington State Patrol that would assist in
identifying potential threatening behavior.

There are no new public hearings scheduled for next week on any of the
gun bills currently filed.Remember under the cut-off calendar they have
more than three weeks left to consider bills.

I normally do not cover “the other Washington” in GOAL Post, but given
the level of activity and media hype, I will cover it briefly.Several
anti- and a few pro-gun bills have been filed in Congress so far this
year.The ones of big interest are HR 138 (McCarthy, D-NY), a normal
capacity magazine ban bill, a similar counterpart bill (duplicate) by
Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Senator Dianne Feinstein’s infamous
“assault weapon ban” bill.The McCarthy/Lautenberg magazine ban bill
allegedly grandfathers existing magazines.It also EXEMPTS retired law
enforcement officers from the ban (a tactic employed to eliminate law
enforcement objections to the bill; most gun laws exempt cops for
exactly that reason).The final language on the Feinstein bill has not
been posted as of Friday night.Her bill allegedly grandfathers existing
“assault weapons,” but requires their registration under the National
Firearms Act, just like REAL machines, together with the six month
background check, fingerprinting and photographing of owners, etc.It’s
not clear yet whether the Feinstein language allows future transfer of
existing “assault weapons” (it bans future manufacture) — with the $200
federal transfer tax — or require surrender upon the death of the
registered owner.

The filibuster is a long-standing Congressional procedure used to block
or slow certain legislation.In modern history, it is most commonly
practiced in the Senate, where 60 votes are needed to move a bill
forward for a vote, while only a simple majority is needed to pass the
bill.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) earlier this week
attempted to get the Senate to exercise the “nuclear option” to
effectively eliminate the filibuster.While that effort failed, he did
get Senators to agree to weaken the proves, making it easier to get
bills to the Senate floor for a vote.This bodes ill for gun owners, as
the filibuster was an effective way to block bad legislation.

The Legislature has published new telephone and office directories for
the 2013 session.The following links can be used to identify direct
contact information:




House Bill numbering begins with 1000; Senate Bills with 5000.The
following bills have been filed so far in the 2013-14 biennium:

Bill #SubjectSponsorStatus

HB 1096Juvi illegal firearm possessionHurst (D-31)H. Jud

HB 11471^st degree juvi unlawful possess.Goodman (D-45) H. Jud

HB 1184Range protectionTakko (D-19)H. Jud

HB 1318CPL renewal noticeTaylor (-15)H. Jud

HB 1371WA Firearms Freedom ActTaylor (R-15)H. Jud

HB 1381Stalking protection ordersGoodman (D-45)H. Jud

SB 5282DSHS/WSP info exchangeCarrell (R-28)S. L&J

Key to abbreviations:SB = Senate Bill, HB = House Bill, Jud = Judiciary,
L&J = Law & Justice, Fish/Ecol = Fisheries, Ecology & Parks, JuvJust =
Juvenile Justice, Educ = Education, LocGov = Local Government, NatRes =
Natural Resources, Ecology & Parks, PubSaf = Public Safety & Emergency
Preparedness, 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!!!

1-800-562-6000TDD 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 http://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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“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

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