GOAL Post 2014-4

GOAL Post                                                                                             2014-4
Legislative Update from Olympia                                                               3 February 2014








Public hearings on the competing gun initiatives were conducted on Tuesday in House Judiciary and Wednesday in Senate Law & Justice.  The House hearing got all the media attention, with former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her former-astronaut husband Mark Kelly leading those testifying.  The overflow crowd of attendees had to be sent to the House chamber.  The crowd on Wednesday was smaller, but still filled more than just the Senate Law & Justice hearing room.

Testimony in both hearings, especially the House hearing, was very interesting, and points out the difficulty we have in getting the pro-gun message across.  Almost all of the pro-594/anti-591 testimony was very emotional, consisting primarily of victims tales, with a few statistics thrown in.  On our side, most anti-594/pro-591 testimony was fact based, focusing on the difficulties in implementing I-594, it’s near-impossible enforcement, etc.  Calm, cool and logical, just as we’re supposed to be when we choose to carry a defensive firearm.  Unfortunately, emotion tugs at the heartstrings.

Unfortunately, a few individuals chose to exercise their right to openly carry firearms at the Tuesday event, and they’re the ones who drew the media attention for the pro-591 side.  An interview with a camouflage-clad, AR-15 toting gunman beats a cold recitation of facts any time.  This is the kind of image we have ten months to overcome, or we lose.

The prevailing attitude in Olympia seems to be that this is an election year, and controversial social issues are best left off the table.  At this point, neither initiative is likely to receive a vote out of either committee.  If the session ends in five weeks without action on either initiative, they both go to the voters in November.  And it’s going to be a long campaign up until election day.

For those who were not able to make it to the hearings, they’re both available on TVWashington.  Each runs a few minutes under two hours.  The 28 January House Judiciary hearing is at http://tvw.org/index.php?option=com_tvwplayer&eventID=2014010151   The Senate Law & Justice hearing is here at http://tvw.org/index.php?option=com_tvwplayer&eventID=2014010154

Testimony was also heard on HB 1561, by Rep. Brian Blake (D-19), a bill that would open the door to legal possession of short-barreled rifles.  Given the previously-stated attitude about staying away from controversial topics, getting this one voted out of committee is an uphill battle.  I would urge all of you to contact your legislators and ask that HB 1561 receive a vote out of committee and a vote of the full House on the House floor.

I-591 (pro-gun) was officially certified Friday by the Secretary of State.  Both initiatives will now likely go to a vote of the people in November.

Three new firearm-related bills were filed last week, bringing the total I am tracking to 45 (if I counted accurately).  This is a record in recent years, but will change significantly at the end of the week with the first policy committee cut-off.

HB 2551, by Rep. Jason Overstreet (R-42), removes the ability of the governor or other official to restrict the use, possession , sale or transfer of any firearm or ammunition during a declared state of emergency.  Under current law, possession of firearms outside the home, as well as sale/transfer, can be prohibited.  Bills similar to this passed in several states following the gun confiscation policies practiced by New Orleans authorities after Hurricane Katrina.  HB 2664, by Rep. David Taylor (R-15), extends the right of self defense, or defense of others, to those threatened by animal attack, both domestic and/or wild.  SB 6416, by Sen. Brian Hatfield (D-19), is a counterpart bill to HB 2502, and allows immediate delivery of a handgun to full-time commissioned law enforcement officers, just as a holder of a CPL can take immediate delivery.

HB 2164, by Rep. Tina Orwall (D-33), passed out of the House Judiciary Committee on a unanimous vote.  The bill requires intervention training for juveniles adjudicated (convicted) of firearm offenses.  HB 2459, by Rep. Brian Blake (D-19) passed out of House Agriculture to House Finance.   SB 6199, by Sen. John Braun (R-20), prohibits incendiary targets or ammunition in certain circumstances.

As I alluded to in my GOAL Alert last week, I have received several from hunter education instructors asking that we reverse our position on the Hunter Education fee increase bills.  I defer to their perspective on service today as Hunter Ed instructors (my experience goes back 25-35 years, in California).  Effective immediately, the GOAL Position on HB 2459 and SB 6039 is now “SUPPORT.”

Friday, 7 February, is the first policy chamber cut-off date.  Theoretically, any bills that have not passed out of their original policy committee, are effectively dead for the session.  Except that nothing is truly dead until the session is over.  A vote of the entire Senate or House can “relieve a committee” of consideration of a bill, and move it to the floor for a full chamber vote.  It’s an unusual maneuver, but it does happen occasionally.

My travels are done for the immediate future, so GOAL Post should be back to its normal Friday evening dissemination at the end of the week.  I’m also trying another format change — placing the GOAL position on a bill on the same line as the bill status.  Theoretically this will make it easier to read.  I expect I’ll get input on that as well!

Bill #




GOAL Position

HB 1096 Juvi illegal firearm possession Hurst (D-31) H. Rules Concerns
HB 1147 1st degree juvenile unlawful possession Goodman (D-45) H. Jud Concerns
HB 1184 Range protection Takko (D-19) H. Jud Support
HB 1318 CPL renewal notice Taylor (R-15) H. Jud Support
HB 1371 WA Firearms Freedom Act Taylor (R-15) H.Jud Support
HB 1561 Short barreled rifles Blake (D-19) H. Jud Support
SHB 1588 Background checks Pedersen (D-43) H. Rules Oppose
HB 1676 Mandatory safe storage Kagi (D-32) H. Jud Oppose
HB 1703 Gun “safety” training and tax Jinkins (D-27) H. Jud Oppose
HB 1729 Street gangs Warnick (R-13) H. Jud Support
HB 1788 Firearms/school employees Pike (R-18) H. Jud Support
SHB 1839 Background checks Goodman (D-45) H. Rules Support
HB 1840 Firearms/restraining orders Goodman (D-45) H. Rules Oppose
HB 1908 Firearms on school property Scott (R-39) H. Jud Support
HB 2020 Firearms-related jobs Shea (R-4) H. Jud Support
HB 2164 Juvenile firearm possession Orwall (D-33) H. Jud Support
HB 2324 Use of Force. Shea (R-4) H. Jud Support
HB 2459 Ensuring Hunter Safety Blake (D-19) H. Agricultural & Natural Resources Support
HB 2475 Making state law consistent with federal law regarding short-barreled shotguns and
short-barreled rifles.
Overstreet (R-42) H. Jud. Support
HB 2502 Delivery to Peace Officers. Klippert (R-8) H. Jud Support
HB 2502 Delivery to Peace Officers. Klippert (R-8) 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) H. Jud. Support
HB 2664 Defense against animals Taylor(R-15) 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) S. L&J Concerns
SB 5479 Safekeeping of firearms Keiser (D-33) S. L&J Oppose
SB 5485 Mandatory safe storage Kline (D-37) S. L&J Oppose
SB 5604 NRA license plates Hatfield (D-19) S. Trans Neutral
SB 5625 Background checks Kline (D-37) S. L&J Oppose
SB 5635 Restoration of firearm rights Kline (D-37) S. L&J Oppose
SB 5660 Firearm safety education Chase (D-32) S. K-12 Support
SB 5710 Mandatory safe storage Kohl-Welles (D-46) S. L&J Oppose
SB 5711 Background checks Kline (D-37) S. L&J Oppose
SB 5737 Ban on sale of “assault weapons” Murray (D-43) S. L&J Oppose
SB 5739 Ban on guns in parks Murray (D-43) S. L&J Oppose
SB 5831 Prohibits double tax on clay pigeons Rivers (R-18) 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) S. L&J Support
SB 6198 Protecting Sport Shooting Ranges. Roach (R-31)
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) S. 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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Upcoming WAC gun show(s):

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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