GOAL Post 2019-3, Legislative Update from Olympia 28 January 2019

GOAL Post 2019-3
Legislative Update from Olympia 28 January 2019

Last week (and this week) are crazy ones for me. I was out of town all last week – and my laptop crashed, preventing me from transmitting GP 2019-2 by e-mail until Tuesday. I’m back on the road this week, hopefully without temperamental computers, this one for the annual meeting of the Florida Sport Shooting Assn, of which I am vice president. Hopefully no more travel… until the final week of the session (when my wife wants to visit family in Europe for the last week of the session AND the annual NRA convention and meetings go down in Phoenix! At that point, it will be too late anyway!).


If watching the hearings in Olympia didn’t bring the message home, in today’s world, feelings and emotions beat facts and logic every time. The one with the most emotional testimony wins. I’ve been watching that for 24 years. The link below goes to last Monday’s Senate Law & Justice hearing: Senate Law & Justice hearing, Monday, 21 January: https://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2019011158

I know that everyone reading this message knows the difference between a democracy and a republic, but in case it slipped your mind… A democracy is mob rule: the issue or the side with the most votes wins. Five wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. A republic is governed by a constitution which places limits on the democracy, (i.e. the lamb has an AR-15.) There are certain things where a simple democratic majority does NOT win.

Theoretically, the Second Amendment and Article 1, Section 24 of the state constitution guarantees the right to keep and bear arms, no matter what the democratic legislature votes. “Shall not be infringed.” (2A) “Shall not be impaired.” (1/24) That seems pretty clear, but many legislators are constitutionally illiterate. Read the dictionary definitions of “infringed” and “impaired.”

That’s where the Supreme Court (federal and state) step in to ensure the constitution is followed. Sometimes.

Is a 10-round magazine limit an infringement? An impairment? Try SEVEN rounds under current New York State law. Or FIVE, as is being proposed in Oregon right now. (I can see the look on all you smug revolver shooters’ faces.)

Only four new gun bills were filed last week, all in the House. HB 1319, by Rep. Sharon Wylie (D-49), prohibits firearms at all public meetings of a city, county or other governing bodies. HB 1346 by Rep. Gerry Pollett (D-46), would ban the transfer of any lead-based or lead core ammunition to anyone under the age of 21 – there go your junior rifle programs (all to prevent lead contamination and protect the chilluns, of course). HB 1374 by Rep. Macri (D-43), repeals state preemption in its entirety.—stand by for every city to enact a multitude of gun laws including restrictions on where and when you can carry firearms – with or without a CPL. The cities have been fighting this since it passed 30+ years ago. Good luck making it from one corner of the state to another without violating SOMEONE’s gun law. And HB 1381 BY Rep. Mike Pellicciotti (D-3), which prohibits the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs – drones) to deliver contraband to anyone in lawful detention – from guns to drugs to cell phones to anything they declare as contraband.

Several bills passed out of their original policy committee, generally with amended versions (substitutes) offered, and now sit in their respective Rules committees, awaiting a pull to the chamber floor for a full floor vote. These include: HB 1010 (destruction of forfeited firearms), SB 5027 (extreme risk protection orders – substitute passed), SB 5061 (undetectable firearms – substitute passed), SB 5062 (high capacity magazine ban – substitute passed), SB 5143 (firearm seizure in DV cases – substitute passed) and SB 5174 (CPL training requirement – substitute passed that allows NRA or similar courses to qualify). These bills all now await a floor vote.

Public hearings are also scheduled for several bills. The House Civil Rights & Justice Committee will conduct public hearings on HB 1315 (CPL training) on 29 January at 10:00 a.m. and on HBs 1319 (open carry/public meetings) and 1346 (lead ammo ban) on February 1st at 10:00 a,m. Senate Higher Ed will conduct a public hearing on SB 5150 (college safety officers) at 1:30 p.m. on 31 January. Senate Law & Justice will hear SBs 5181 (firearm possession/mental health) and 5205 (incompetent to stand trial) at 10:00 a.m. on 29 January.

Action has yet to be taken on several more bills that have already had public hearings. Their time will come! It frequently means there is back-room negotiating going on to amend the bills after testimony.

SHB 1010 Disposition of forfeited firearms by WSP
Senn (D-41) H. Rules OPPOSE
HB 1022 Prohibiting handgun sale database
Walsh (R-19) H. CR&J SUPPORT
HB 1024 Prohibiting gun owner database
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&7J OPPOSE
HB 1319 Open carry prohibited at public meetings
Wylie (D-49) H. CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1346 Lead ammo ban for “youth”
Pollett (D-46) H. CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1374 Repeals state preemption of gun laws
Macri (D-43) H. CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1381 Use of UAVs to deliver contraband
Pellicciotti (D-30) H. PunSaf NEUTRAL
SB 5016 Authorizing armed animal control officers
Van De Wege S. L&J SUPPORT
SSB 5027 Extreme risk protection orders, under age 18
Frockt (D-46) S. Rules OPPOSE
SB 5050 Body armor use in a crime
O’Ban (R-28) S. L&J NEUTRAL
SSB 5061 Undetectable and untraceable firearms
Dhingra (D-45) S. Rules OPPOSE
SSB 5062 High capacity magazine ban
Kuderer D-48) S. Rules 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
SSB 5143 Seizing firearms/DV incidents
Dhingra (D-45) S. Rules OPPOSE
SB 5150 College safety/officers weapons
Wilson (R-17) S. HiEd SUPPORT
SB 5172 Firearm training/gun bill sponsors
Fortunato (R-39) S. StGov SUPPORT
SSB 5174 Training for CPL issue
Palumbo (D-1) S. Rules 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 5340 Assault weapons ban
Kuderer (D-48) 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).

29 Jan House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee John L. O’Brien Bldg
10:00 a.m. HB 1315

29 Jan Senate Law & Justice John A. Cherberg Bldg
10:00 a.m. SBs 5181 and 5205

31 Jan Senate Higher Ed Committee John A. Cherberg Bldg
1:30 p.m. SB 5150

1 Feb House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee John L. O’Brien Bldg
10:00 a.m. HBs 1319 and 1346

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 HOTLINE: 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, online 24/7, to any citizen.

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Article 1, Section 24
Constitution of the State of Washington

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