GOAL Post 2019-2, Legislative Update from Olympia 18 January 2019

GOAL Post 2019-2
Legislative Update from Olympia 18 January 2019


More than 100 gun rights activists attended the gun rights rally in Olympia today! Wow! As an old Olympia gun rally organizer (1990s/early 2000s), all I can say is that’s pretty piss poor performance. No wonder we’ve been getting our butts kicked. It’ll be interesting to see how many Mom’s Demand Action activists are there on Monday. For those new to political activism, the whole point in a rally is to flex your muscle. This one was a little more like Don Knotts than Charles Atlas or Arnold Schwarzenegger.

When one long-time gun rights activist stopped to visit his Senator after the rally, he found the office area door locked and Senate Security told him no meeting without an appointment because there was a gun rally today. We (and they) are in serious trouble when elected officials fear their own constituents (like LtGov Habib earlier this week). How’s old Thomas Jefferson’s Tree of Liberty looking today? (They don’t hide from po-abortion activists, and there is a lot more blood on their hands.) It sounds like a minor thing, but I view it as very disturbing. For an elected official, OUR employee, to bar constituents “his bosses” because they MIGHT be exercising a fundamental constitutional right is bad. It shows us what they really think of us. With zero justification, no threat – they truly believe we are deplorable.

The following cut-off dates are proposed for bills under consideration in the 2019 regular legislative session. As a general rule, if a bill fails to pass a hurdle, it is considered dead for the session. Exceptions can be made.

14 January Session convenes
22 February Bills must pass out of original chamber (House or Senate) policy committee
1 March Bills must pass out of chamber fiscal committee (only bills with major fiscal impact)
3 March Bills must pass out of chamber of origin (House bills out of House, Senate bills out of Senate)
3 April Bills must pass out of policy committee in second chamber
9 April Bills with major fiscal impact must pass out of second chamber fiscal committee
17 April Bills must pass out of second chamber (House bills out of Senate, Senate bills out of House), except for bills in a conference committee to iron out differences in House/Senate versions, budget bills and initiatives.
28 April Sine die – close of regular legislative session.

Several new gun bills have been filed this week. They include HB 1097, by Rep. Jim Walsh (R-19) that repeals confidentiality waivers citizens were required to sign when applying for firearm licenses, HB 1098, also by Rep. Walsh that repeals the penalties for unsafe storage of firearms contained in RCW 9.41.094 and 9.41.097, HB 1202, by Rep. Beth Doglio (D-22) mandating reporting of lost or stolen firearms and HB 1225, by Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-27) that takes firearms away from those just accused in a domestic violence incident –take their guns first, go to court later. Totally ignoring the typical DV dynamic of “he said/she said” and it takes a jury to determine which one is lying.HB 1286, by Rep. Strom Peterson (D-21) bans transfer and sale of defined (1994 federal definitions PLU new additions) assault weapons and “large capacity magazines.” (more than 10 round capacity). Those in possession prior to the effective day may continue to possess. The bill contains several additional restrictions and measures. Rather than regurgitate them, here’s a link to the bill language: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2019-20/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/1286.pdf HB 1315, by Rep. John Lovick (D-44), requires applicants show proof of training/proficiency when applying for a CPL.

On the Senate side we have SB 5099 by Sen. Tim Sheldon (D-35) that expands opportunity for recreational shooting on some DNR-managed land, SB 5143, by Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-45) that authorizes seizure of firearms from individuals involved in domestic violence incidents even before conviction, SB 5150 by Sen. Lynda Wilson (R-17) that authorizes armed security officers for state colleges, SB 5172, by Sen. Phil Fortunato that requires legislators to show proof of having some form of firearms training before they can sponsor a gun bill of any kind, SB 5205, by Sen. Manka Dhingra, that prohibits those found incompetent to stand trial and who have a history of violent acts from possessing firearms. If you Google it, you will find that women are the aggressor in DV cases nearly or equally frequently as men. SB 5434, by Sen. Claire Wilson (D-30) prohibits firearms and most other defensive tools in all day care centers and amends RCW 9.41.300 to add public libraries and public parks to places where firearms are prohibited.

The leftist disarmament agenda: impose hurdles like mandatory training (as a long time NRA-certified instructor I fully support all the training an individual can afford, but the state has no business mandating it – self defense is not rocket science). Then expand “gun free zones and prohibited places” to restrict where you can carry. Read the definition of “infringed” and “impaired” in your dictionary. More chipping away at Second Amendment and Article 1, Section 24 of the state constitution.

Three public hearings on gun bills. On Monday, 21 January, the Senate Law & Justice Committee will take testimony on four gun bills: SBs 5061 (undetectable firearms), 5062 (high capacity magazines), 5143 (DV incident firearm seizure) and 5174 (training requirement for CPL). The hearing commences at 10 a.m. in Senate Hearing Room 4 in the John A. Cherberg Senate Office Building.The Senate Agriculture Committee will conduct a public hearing on SB 5099, recreational shooting on DNR land. The hearing will be conducted on Thursday, 24 January at 1:30 p.m. in Senate Hearing Room 3.

On Tuesday, 22 January, the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee will take public testimony on HBs 1024 (prohibiting gun owner data base), 1068 (high capacity magazines), 1073 (undetectable firearms), 1203 (reporting lost/stolen guns) and 1225 (DV incidents). The hearing commences at 10 a.m. in House Hearing Room A in the John L. O’Brien House Office Building.

A couple of observation as the calendar fills. You will note that many of these bills expand on existing law to disarm more categories of people. That is their ultimate goal. And remember, the operative word in “criminal justice system” isn’t criminal, nor is it justice. It’s “system,” and their goal is to get as many people into the system as possible. Once you’re in the system, they can control you.

(My apology for the incorrect legislative public hearing included in GP 2019-1. I cut-and-pasted the basic legislative tutorial information – Legislature 101 – from a previous year’s GOAL Post and included an unrelated paragraph. Apologies for any confusion generated. And keep in mind I’ll be on the road through NEXT weekend, so the product may be rushed.)


HB 1010 Disposition of forfeited firearms by WSP
Senn (D-41) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1022 Prohibiting handgun sale data base
Walsh (R-19) H.CR&J SUPPORT
HB 1024 Prohibiting gun owner data base
Walsh (R-19) H.CR&J SUPPORT
HB 1038 Authorizing armed school personnel
Walsh (R-19) H.CR&J SUPPORT
HB 1068 High capacity magazine ban
Valdez (D-46) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1073 Undetectable and/or untraceable firearms
Valdez (D-46) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1097 Repeals firearm confidentiality waivers
Walsh (R-19) H.CR&J SUPPORT
HB 1098 Repeals penalties/unsafe storage of firearms
Walsh (R-19) H.CR&J SUPPORT
HB 1203 Reporting lost or stolen firearms
Doglio (D-22) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1225 Firearms/domestic violence
Jinkins (D-27) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1286 Assault weapon ban
Peterson (D-21) H.CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1315 CPL training requirement
Lovick (D-44) H.CR&J OPPOSE
SB 5016 Authorizing armed animal control officers
SB 5027 Extreme risk protection orders, under age 18
Frockt (D-46) S.L&J OPPOSE
SB 5050 Body armor use in a crime
O’Ban (R-28) S.L&J NEUTRAL
SB 5061 Undetectable and untraceable firearms
Dhingra (D-45) S.L&J OPPOSE
SB 5062 High capacity magazine ban
Kuderer (D-48) S.L&J OPPOSE
SB 5072 Extreme risk protection orders
O’Ban (R-28) S.L&J NEUTRAL
SB 5099 Target shooting on DNR land
Sheldon (D-35) S.Ag SUPPORT
SB 5143 Seizing firearms/DV incidents
Dhingra (D-45) S.L&J OPPOSE
SB 5150 College safety/officers weapons
Wilson (R-17) S.HiEd SUPPORT
SB 5172 Firearm training/gun bill sponsors
Fortunato (R-39) S.StGovSUPPORT
SB 5174 Training for CPL issue
Palumbo (D-1) S.L&J OPPOSE
SB 5181 Firearm possession/mental health
Kuderer (D-48) S.L&J OPPOSE
SB 5205 Firearm possession/incompetent for trial
Dhingra (D-45) S.L&J OPPOSE
SB 5434 New gun free zones
Wilson (D-30) S.L&J OPPOSE

HB = House bill, SB = Senate bill. L&J = Law & Justice , CR&J = Civil Rights and 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 (amended).


21 Jan Senate Law & Justice Committee John A. Cherberg Bldg
10:00 a.m. SBs 5061, 5062, 5143, 5174
22 Jan House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee, John L. Bldg
10:00a.m HBs 1024, 1068, 1203, 1225
24 Jan Senate Agriculture Committee, John A. Cherberg Bldg.
1:30 p.m. SB 5099

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 24/7 , to any citizen.

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Article 1, Section 24
Constitution of the State of Washington

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