WA State Suppressor law change HB 1016-2011-12


January 11, 2011, 02:01 PM
Sorry, short notice, public hearing is tomorrow, executive session on Thursday

WA Sate residents - Please help fix our backwards suppressor laws.

man the fax machines, phones and send an email to your rep




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January 11, 2011, 03:09 PM
Gettin' on it, thanks for the info, I didn't even hear about this! :cool:

January 11, 2011, 03:20 PM
House Judicial members email
Members of the 62nd Legislature 2011-2012

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January 12, 2011, 09:42 PM
Just heard about this and wondered if anyone attended the 8am hearing this morning? If so, what was the outcome?

January 13, 2011, 12:43 PM
Have not seen anything yet.

Heard, but cannot verify that the Washington State Council of Police & Sheriffs support the bill.

Anyway, they are supposed to read again at 10:00 this morning (01/13/2011)

January 17, 2011, 08:09 PM
There is an accompanying SB in there too... I'll check in later if possible.

January 18, 2011, 01:50 AM
The Senate companion bill is 5112.

Please write to the Senate Judiciary committee members and ask them to give the bill a hearing.

January 18, 2011, 07:51 PM
Dec 13 Prefiled for introduction.
Jan 10 First reading, referred to Judiciary. (View Original Bill)
Jan 12 Public hearing in the House Committee on Judiciary at 8:00 AM. (Committee Materials)
Jan 13 Executive action taken in the House Committee on Judiciary at 10:00 AM. (Committee Materials)
JUDI - Executive action taken by committee.
JUDI - Majority; do pass. (Majority Report)
Jan 17 Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.

Rep. Joe Schmick
The bill did have a hearing and already was voted out of the House Judiciary Committee yesterday. It passed 12-0 out of committee.

Contact rules committee !!!

January 18, 2011, 08:07 PM
Rules Committee

Chopp, Frank (D) frank.chopp@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7920
DeBolt, Richard (R) richard.debolt@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7896
Angel, Jan (R) jan.angel@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7964
Armstrong, Mike (R) mike.armstrong@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7832
Dahlquist, Cathy (R) cathy.dahlquist@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7846
Eddy, Deb (D) deborah.eddy@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7848
Frockt, David (D) david.frockt@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7886
Goodman, Roger (D) roger.goodman@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7878
Green, Tami (D) tami.green@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7958
Johnson, Norm (R) norm.johnson@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7810
Kelley, Troy (D) troy.kelley@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7890
Kretz, Joel (R) joel.kretz@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7988
Maxwell, Marcie (D) marcie.maxwell@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7894
Moeller, Jim (D) jim.moeller@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7872
Orwall, Tina (D) tina.orwall@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7834
Pettigrew, Eric (D) eric.pettigrew@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7838
Probst, Tim (D) tim.probst@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7994
Ryu, Cindy (D) cindy.ryu@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7880
Schmick, Joe (R) joe.schmick@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7844
Short, Shelly (R) shelly.short@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7908
Springer, Larry (D) larry.springer@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7822
Sullivan, Pat (D) pat.sullivan@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7858
Van De Wege, Kevin kevin.vandewege@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7916

Rivers, Ann (R) (360) 786-7850
Warnick, Judy (R) (360) 786-7932

January 19, 2011, 12:54 PM
The language of the bill is concerning though - continues to illegalize knives with blades that open with the flick of the wrist, which is about all of modern designed knives...

Sec. 1. RCW 9.41.250 and 2007 c 379 s 1 are each amended to read
as follows:
(1) Every person who:
(a) Manufactures, sells, or disposes of or possesses any instrument
or weapon of the kind usually known as slung shot, sand club, or metal
knuckles, or spring blade knife, or any knife the blade of which is
automatically released by a spring mechanism or other mechanical
device, or any knife having a blade which opens, or falls, or is
ejected into position by the force of gravity, or by an outward,
downward, or centrifugal thrust or movement;
(b) Furtively carries with intent to conceal any dagger, dirk,
pistol, or other dangerous weapon; or
(c) Uses any contrivance or device for suppressing the noise of any
firearm unless the suppressor is legally registered and possessed in
accordance with federal law,
is guilty of a gross misdemeanor punishable under chapter 9A.20 RCW.
p. 1 HB 1016
(2) Subsection (1)(a) of this section does not apply to:
(a) The possession of a spring blade knife by a law enforcement
officer while the officer:
(i) Is on official duty; or
(ii) Is transporting the knife to or from the place where the knife
is stored when the officer is not on official duty; or
(b) The storage of a spring blade knife by a law enforcement

However, I emailed all of these representatives:

Dear representative(s):

I am a decorated US Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Like you, I have taken the oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution, including the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights. I am soon moving to Washington State. I am in full support of the use of firearm suppressors (also called 'silencers') for recreation, home defense and self defense usage.

Suppressor technology is an inexpensive way to reduce the 'nuisance' noise of shooting ranges, protect the hearing of firearm sportsman and those involved in self-defense shootings in the home, which can cause deafening noise in close quarters. Much like mufflers help to keep automobiles quieter for public safety and to reduce nuisance noises, firearm suppressors can effectively protect the hearing of shooters beyond what standard ear protection can.

Suppressors have been unfairly villianized by the media, movies and television. Illegal use of these, and use of these in criminal acts, is rare. Just like with gun control in general, they have been painted in an demonistic light. The reality is that, like with guns in general, they can cause more benefit than harm, and the use is entirely up to the end user.

I support the legalization of ownership, possession, and use of suppressors for lawful purposes.

Thank you.


January 23, 2011, 02:27 PM
Hey everyone,
I'm new here and I would really like to help this cause. I am a constituent here in Washington and believe the suppressor law is bogus. Please let me know who I can draft a letter for and I would be happy to. Thanks, Mike

January 24, 2011, 02:55 AM
Thanks to those who posted. Keep us in the loop. Thanks for all the info and who, and where to call, great!!!

January 24, 2011, 03:07 AM
I hope that all these garbage laws get changed, thanks for the help!!!

January 24, 2011, 01:15 PM
mamartin, contact the Rules Committee cited above.

Also be aware that there is a Senate Bill too SB 5115, pretty much contact all in office at Olympia WA.



SB is being read Wednesday.

February 1, 2011, 08:36 PM
I just helped get a friend elected this last term, too bad Hans isn't on one of the relevant committees.

He's still gonna get a nice little "Hey, ol' buddy, ya might wanna look into this..." note.

Dain Bramage
February 3, 2011, 11:58 AM
I was going to say "Hans Dunshee, good luck getting help from that leftie". But, I see there's a Hans Zeiger in the senate. Uncommon name, who knew?

February 3, 2011, 07:41 PM
Dunshee isn't worth a bucket of stale puke for 2A rights. Zeiger, while he's never specifically said anything to me on the issue, is a good kid, and we go back a long way and he does know that it's a very important issue to some of his constituents...

Prince Yamato
February 4, 2011, 04:24 PM
So what's the skinny on this law? Did it pass?

February 7, 2011, 02:44 PM
!!! Hey Hey Hey !!!

1016-2011 passed the house 88-4, 6 exempt, just about 90% of the house is FOR fixing it.

Pretty much every WA State Rep needs to be contacted ASAP

This is now moving to the Senate, then if favorable, Queen G takes a stab at it.

Feb 7 Committee recommendations adopted.
Placed on third reading. Third reading, PASSED
Yea = 88
Nay = 4
Absent = 0
Excused = 6

Yea:Ahern Alexander Angel Armstrong Asay Bailey Billig Blake Buys Carlyle Chandler Clibborn Cody Condotta Crouse Dahlquist Dammeier DeBolt Dickerson Dunshee Fagan Finn Fitzgibbon Frockt Goodman Green Haigh Haler Hargrove Harris Hasegawa Hinkle Hope Hunt Hurst Jacks Jinkins Johnson Kagi Kelley Kenney Kirby Klippert Kretz Kristiansen Ladenburg Liias Lytton Maxwell McCoy McCune Miloscia Moeller Morris Moscoso Nealey Orcutt Ormsby Orwall Overstreet Parker Pearson Pedersen Pettigrew Probst Reykdal Rivers Roberts Rolfes Ross Ryu Santos Seaquist Sells Shea Schmick Short Stanford Sullivan Takko Taylor Tharinger VanDeWege Walsh Warnick Wilcox Zeiger Mr.Speaker
Nay:Darneille Hudgins Hunter Springer
Excused:Anderson Appleton Eddy Rodne Smith Upthegrove

February 7, 2011, 04:56 PM
If this goes through maybe we can work on the SBRs next.

Prince Yamato
February 8, 2011, 12:14 AM
What day does it hit the senate for a vote?

February 10, 2011, 02:10 AM
Not sure when

February 10, 2011, 12:32 PM
This is great stuff guys! Keep it up.

February 16, 2011, 10:08 PM
Excellent work gentleman! Please keep me posted!

February 16, 2011, 11:49 PM
OMG, for once Dunshee and the majority of his ilk did the right thing and backed this too? What happened?

February 17, 2011, 03:01 PM
There's another thread on this in the NFA section..

Check that one out please.

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