GOAL Post 2018-10
Legislative Update from Olympia 9 March 2018
48 GUN BILLS FILED IN 2017-2018 BIENNIUM
GOV SIGNS BUMP STOCK BAN
2519, 5553 AND 6298 TO GOV
PHOTOS ON CPLS?
MISSED ONE – AMMO BAN
WHY ONLY FOUR BILLS PASSED
LAST GOAL POST OF 2018 — HOPEFULLY
It’s over! The fat lady has done her part and has waddled off the stage, and our legislators are packing up and heading home from Olympia. At this point there is no talk of the need for a special session, unlike the three special sessions we had last year. .
The 2017-2018 biennium set a record for the number of gun related bills filed: 48, 25 anti-, 20 pro- and three neutral. But as foretold in the Book of Matthew, “Many are called but few are chosen.” Only four of the 48 managed to make it to the governor’s desk: None of the pro-gun bills made the cut in the Democrat-dominated legislature, surprise, surprise. HB 2519 and SBs 5553, 5992 and 6248 were the chosen few. SB 6620, the last minute “assault weapon” bill, failed to get a vote on the last day of the session (given the time allowed, it was unlikely to pass the House anyway).
On Tuesday, 7 March, Governor Inslee signed SB 5992, the “bump stock” ban. In its final version, it only applied specifically to bump stocks and not to other “trigger devices,” and allows for a one-year buy-back period to be set up by the Washington State Patrol. Your reward for complying with the law is $150. (As far as I can tell, nothing prevents you from shipping or selling them out of state, as long as the transaction occurs out-of-state).
HB 2519 and SBs 5553 and 6298 sit on the governor’s desk awaiting his action. He has three options: sign the bill(s) as is, section veto portions he doesn’t like allowing the remainder to become law, or let it sit without his signature, at which point it will become law. Unlike the president, Washington has no provision for a “pocket veto” (no signature) to kill a bill. I expect the governor to sign all three bills, as he did SB 5992.
As I reported earlier, HB 2519 was amended in the House to allow issue of CPLs to current and former military members aged 18-20. That amendment was pulled by the Senate Law & Justice committee. The conference committee also amended the final version of the bill added language that allows the issuing authority to require a photograph be submitted with the application, and that photograph to be embossed on the license. This was discussed by the Department of Licensing more than ten years ago but never implemented. It is solely up to the issuing authority to require it. Some states have photo CPLs, other do not.
It appears in my rush to head for Las Vegas in January for the annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trades show, I missed an anti-gun bill filed. HB 2805 (Rep. Pollet, D-46) would ban the sale of exposed lead projectile ammunition to those 18-20 years old. Concerns about lead poisoning among the young, according to the bill language. Maybe Chicago should consider such a bill.
Given the fact that for the first time in several years Democrats control both the House and Senate as well as the governor’s mansion, why so few anti-gun bills passed? One or two pro-gun Democrats in each chamber helped us, and 2018 is mid-term election year. Had they passed a slew of anti-gun bills, they likely would have lost perhaps several rural-area legislative seats in November. Expect them to come back in January, 2019 with blood in their eyes for gun owners.
By failing to address the “assault weapon” issue, it opens the door for an initiative later this year that is likely to go well beyond simple registration and/or age limits. And as we’ve been hearing from Florida over the past week, where the Republican-majority legislature just raised the age to buy long guns to 21 AND imposed a three-day waiting period because of the Parkland school shooting, there are far too many gun owners out there who don’t like “black rifles.” Or as we call them, Elmer Fudds, “As long as they don’t come after my wabbit gun, I don’t care what they do about other guns.”
Barring a special session, this will be the last GOAL Post of 2018.
BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:
HB 1000 Use of deadly force Doglio (D-22) DIED OPPOSE
HB 1004 Possession of firearms/state of emergency Shea (R-4) DIED. SUPPORT
HB 1015 Limiting restrictions on concealed carry Shea (R-4) DIED. SUPPORT
HB 1122 Safe storage of firearms Kagi (D-32) DIED OPPOSE
HB 1134 Assault weapon ban Peterson (D-21) DIED. OPPOSE
HB 1174 Firearm safety education in schools Muri (R-28) DIED SUPPORT
HB 1181 Prohibiting handgun sales registry Blake (D-19) DIED SUPPORT
HB 1190 Prohibiting handgun sales registry Taylor (R-15) DIED. SUPPORT
HB 1270 Encouraging voluntary use of locking devices Harmsworth (R-44) DIED. SUPPORT
HB 1380 Repeals I-594 Shea (R-4) DIED.. SUPPORT
HB 1381 Universal recognition of all state CPLs Blake (D-19) DIED. SUPPORT
HB 1387 Assault weapons background check Jinkins (D-27) DIED OPPOSE
HB 1483 Allows destruction of forfeited firearms Lovick (D-44) DIED OPPOSE
HB 1529 Use of force Ryu (D-32) DIED . OPPOSE
HB 1592 Delivery of firearms to LEOs Klippert (R- DIED SUPPORT
HB 1725 I-594 check exemption for CPL holders Koster (R-44) DIED SUPPORT
HB 1731 Certain exemptions to I-594 Jinkins (D27) DIED SUPPORT
HB 1900 Hunter ed funding/NRA license plates Griffey (R-35) DIED. NEUTRAL
HB 1933 Transfer of firearms at non-profit events Walsh (R-19) DIED SUPPORT
HB 2136 Profits from seized firearms go to education fund Taylor (R-15) DIED SUPPORT
HB 2293 Bans firearms in daycare facilities (exception) Kagi (D-32) DIED OPPOSE
HB 2306 Allows licensed veterans to carry at CommColl VanWerven (R-) DIED SUPPORT
HB 2329 Strengthens law making CPL data private Walsh (R-19) DIED SUPPORT
HB 2363 Drone delivery of firearms to offenders Pellicciotti (D-30) DIED SUPPORT
HB 2422 Bans “high capacity” magazines Peterson (D-21) DIED OPPOSE
HB 2519 Return of seized CPLs Lovick (D-44) To Gov. NEUTRAL
HB 2666 Repeals state preemption of gun laws Macri (D-43) DIED OPPOSE
HB 2738 Permission to carry in a residence Doglio (D-22) DIED OPPOSE
HB 2805 Under 21 lead ammo ban Pollet (D-46) DIED OPPOSE
HB 3004 School safety/semi-auto restrictions Jinkins (D-27) DIED OPPOSE
SB 5000 Use of deadly force McCoy (D-38) DIED OPPOSE
SB 5050 Assault weapon ban Frockt (D-3) DIED OPPOSE
SB 5073 Use of force McCoy (D-38) DIED OPPOSE
SB 5216 Firearm safety education in schools O’Ban (R-28) DIED SUPPORT
SB 5441 Involuntary freeze on firearm possession Kuderer (D-) DIED OPPOSE
SB 5444 Background check for “assault weapons” Frockt (D-46) DIED OPPOSE
SB 5463 Mandatory safe storage of firearms Palumbo (D- DIED OPPOSE
SB 5506 Transfer of firearms at non-profit events Zeiger (R-25) DIED SUPPORT
SB 5553 Suicidal, waiver of rights Pedersen (D-43) To Gov. NEUTRAL
SB 5795 Mandatory firearm liability insurance Chase (D-32) DIED OPPOSE
SB 5992 Bans certain “trigger devices” Van De Wege (D-24) Signed by Gov.. OPPOSE
SB 6049 Bans “high capacity” magazines Frockt (D-3) DIED OPPOSE
SB 6146 Repeals state preemption of gun laws Saldana (D-37) DIED OPPOSE
SB 6173 Strengthens law making CPL data private Takko (R-19) DIED SUPPORT
SB 6297 Firearm possession with history of violence Dhingra (D-45) DIED NEUTRAL
SB 6298 DV harassment firearm ban Dhingra (D-45) To Gov. OPPOSE
SB 6415 Permission to carry in a residence Hunt (D-22) DIED OPPOSE
SB 6476 Exempts background checks between CPL Wagoner (R-39) DIED SUPPORT
SB 6620 School safety/semi-auto restrictions Frockt (D-3) died OPPOSE
HB 2363 Drone delivery of firearms to offenders Pellicciotti (D-30) S. Rules SUPPORT
HB 2519 Return of seized CPLs Lovick (D-44) Conf SUPPORT
HB 3004 Student safety/semi-auto rifles Jinkins (D-27) H. Jud. OPPOSE
SB 5553 Suicidal, waiver of rights Pedersen (D-43) Concurrence vote NEUTRAL
SB 5992 Bump stock ban Van De Wege (D-24) To Governor OPPOSE
SB 6298 DV harassment firearm ban Dhingra (D-45) Concurrence votes OPPOSE
SB 6620 Student safety/semi-auto rifles Frockt (D-3) S. Rules OPPOSE
HB = House bill, SB = Senate bill. L&J = Law & Justice, Jud = 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, “E” means Engrosssed (both mean amended).
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