GOAL Post 2014-10

GOAL Post                                                                                             2014-10
Legislative Update from Olympia                                                               14 March 2014









The regular 2014 legislative session ended late Thursday, 13 March, as required by the state constitution.  Although a record number of firearm-related bills were filed during the biennium, no major  pro- or anti-gun legislation passed over the two year period.  One clear pro-gun bill passed, albeit of limited impact to those individuals who are willing to pay a $200 federal transfer tax to acquire a short barreled rifle:  SB 5956 (Hatfield, D-19),  That bills is on Governor Inslee’s desk, awaiting his signature… or his veto.  A third option would be to let the bill become law without his signature (Washington’s chief executive does not have a “pocket veto” capability).  The supplemental budget bill passed — a second session must-have, so no special session is on tap at this time.  Unless a special session is called, all of the bills filed but not passed in 2013-2014 are dead.

A record (in my 21 years of lobbying) 51 firearm-related bills were filed during the 2013/2014 biennium.  Three passed in 2013 and were signed by the governor, four more bills passed this year and are awaiting the governor’s signature (HBs 1840 and 2164, SBs 5956 and 6199).

This week SB 6025 (use of body armor during the commission of a felony) was sent back to House Appropriations, where it died.  The House concurred in the Senate amendment to HB 2164 (counseling for juveniles with firearm convictions/adjudications) and the bill was sent to the governor.  The Senate concurred in the House amendment to SB 6199 (prohibiting the use of incendiary targets during wildfire season) and that went to the governor as well.

As the session ended, we have four bills awaiting Governor Inslee’s action:  HB 1840, HB 2164, SB 5956 and SB 6199.  I expect he will sign at least three.  The one big question mark is SB 5956 (short barreled rifles).

I have rolled ALL of the bills filed back into the “Bill Status” section, with their final status.  Most died at various stages of the process..

I think it’s important to remind readers that while in general, Republicans support gun owners and Democrats oppose us.  But generalities only go so far.  There are significant exceptions to that observation.  In this biennium we had seven pro-gun bills introduced by Democrats.  But it should also be noted that only two of those bills passed the legislature.  Having a Democrat sponsor doesn’t give the bill an automatic pass.  There are a handful of Democrats in the legislature, who come from suburban or rural districts, who are committed to protecting and advancing the rights of gun owners, usually in opposition to their caucus mates.  Without their support — and vocal opposition to anti-gun bills while inside caucus meetings — the outcome would be far different.  At election time we need to support these individuals.  More on these Democrats as election time nears.

Neither chamber took any action on either of the gun initiatives (I-591 and I-594) sent by petition to the legislature.  Given this is an election year, the lack of action is no surprise.  Let the electorate decide!  In no way is this the end, it’s only the beginning of the battle.  Without doubt you will see advertising on both initiatives, pro and con.  It’s going to be interesting to see how much cash the Seattle elite gang supporting I-594 are willing to throw into the fight.  The pro-gun side, Protect Our Gun Rights, will likely have a much more limited budget.

What all that means is that a greater part of the FOR 591/AGAINST 594 will fall on the shoulders of every gun owner in Washington.  I guarantee the other side will portray I-594 as a simple background check bill with no greater impact.  After all, if you have nothing to hide, why should you fear a background check?

HINT:  IT’S NOT ABOUT BACKGROUND CHECKS.  Ignore the de-facto tax imposed on ALL firearm transfers, via the FFL’s processing fee ($25-50 in most cases) and the extended waiting period of up to 30 days in the event of a “delay” response (most “delays” eventually pass, just a question of ensuring the “John Smith” attempting to buy the gun isn’t the “John Smith” with a long criminal record).

As a background check proponent testified in Olympia in 2007, it’s not about background checks, it’s about an “audit trail on guns.”  That’s REGISTRATION.  Under current law, universal background checks would immediately result in the registration of ALL handgun transfers.  For long guns, it amounts to decentralized gun registration — law enforcement would have to query FFLs to determine who bought/transferred what.  Universal GUN REGISTRATION has been gun grabbers goal for decades.  Why?  Because no effective GUN CONFISCATION program can be effective without prior registration.  Just ask the gun owners of New York City and California, and happening now in Connecticut.

2014 is mid-term election year.  All 98 House members and 24 of 49 Senators are up for reelection (or election of new candidates) in November.  Action this week in the 30th Legislative District as Senator Tracey Eide (D-Federal Way) announced her retirement, and former Democrat Representative Mark Miloscia (D-Federal) announced his intention to run for the Senate seat… as a Republican.  This is not without precedent.  After the 1994 Republican revolution, two Democrat House members switched parties to become Republicans, and several years later  Republican switch sides to become a Democrat.  Over the coming months I expect we’ll see more retirements announced, and several new faces when candidate filing begins in mid-May.  I expect to see more retirement announcements before the May filing deadline.  More on election activity in future GOAL Updates.

This will be the last of the GOAL Post weekly updates from Olympia.  Barring a special session, GOAL Posts will not resume until the next regular session of the legislature in January 2015.  I will continue to publish GOAL Updates throughout the year, probably on a monthly basis, as events develop in Washington and elsewhere in the U.S.


The following bills remain under consideration in the 2014 session:

Bill # Subject Sponsor Status GOAL Position
HB 1096 Juvi illegal firearm possession Hurst (D-31) Died H. Jud CONCERNS
HB 1147 1st degree juvi unlawful possess. 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
SHB 1383 Stalking protection orders Goodman (D-45) Passed 2013 Governor Signed – CONCERNS
HB 1561 Short barreled rifles Blake (D-19) Died H. Jud SUPPORT
SHB 1588 Background checks Pedersen (D-43) Died H. Jud OPPOSE
SHB 1612 Firearm offender registration Hope (R-44) Passed 2013 Governor Signed – CONCERNS
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. Jud SUPPORT
HB 1840 Firearms/restraining orders Goodman (D-45) Passed to Governor NEUTRAL
HB 1908 Firearms on School property Scott (R-39) Died H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 2020 Firearms-related jobs Shea (R-4) H. Died Jud SUPPORT
*HB 2164 Juv illegal firearm/counseling Orwall (D-33) Passed to Governor SUPPORT
HB 2324 Use of force Shea (R-4) Died H, Jud SUPPORT
HB 2459 Hunter Safety Blake (D-19) Died H. Rules SUPPORT
HB 2475 Short barreled rifles/shotguns Overstreet (R-42) Died H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 2502 Delivery to peace officers Klippert (R-8) Died H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 2529 Sales tax exemption on firearms Overstreet (R-42) H. Finance SUPPORT
HB 2551 Declared State of emergency Overstreet (R-42) Died H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 2664 Defense against animals Taylor (R-15) Died H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 2704 Use of body armor/felony Muri (R-28) Died H. Pub Safety NEUTRAL
SSB 5282 DSHS/WSP info exchange Carrell (R-28) Passed 2013 Governor Signed SUPPORT
SB 5376 Juvenile illegal firearm possession Kline (D-37) DiedS. W&M CONCERNS
SSB 5452 Stalking protection orders Conway (D-29) DiedS. 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 Darneille (D-27) 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) Passed To Governor SUPPORT
*SB 6025 Use of body armor O’Ban (R-28) Died H. Aprop NEUTRAL
SB 6039 Hunter Safety Pearson (R-39) Died S. W&M SUPPORT
SB 6066 Restoration of rights Honeyford (R-15) Died S. L&J SUPPORT
SB 6198 Range protection Roach (R-31) S. Died L&J SUPPORT
*SB 6199 Wildfires/incendiary devices Braun (R-20) Passed To Governor SUPPORT
SB 6245 Surrender of CPL Dansel (R-7) Died S. Rules NEUTRAL
SB 6281 Improving hunter ed Roach (R-31) Died S. Rules SUPPORT
SB 6416 Delivery to peace officers Hatfield (D-19) Died S. L&J SUPPORT
I-591 Protect gun rights Default to electorate SUPPORT
I-594 Universal background checks/registration Default to electorate OPPOSE

Key to abbreviations: S. = Senate, H. = House, Ag/NatRes = Agriculture/Natural Resources, HS&C = Human Services & Corrections, Jud = Judiciary, L&J = Law & Justice, , W&M = Ways and Means

* = status change this past week



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

You can also use the direct link available on each bill’s web page to contact your legislators by clicking on “Comment on this bill.”

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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Upcoming WAC gun show(s):

Puyallup 22-23 March

Monroe 5-6 April

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Article 1, Section 24 – Constitution of the State of Washington

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