WA: GOAL Post 2004-4


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D.W. Drang
February 8, 2004, 11:34 AM
GOAL Post 2004-4

GOAL Chairman: Bruce Turner
GOAL Legislative Liaison: Joe Waldron

Legislative Update from Olympia 6 February 2004

SB 5083 – CPL RECIPROCITY – PASSES THE SENATE… AGAIN

MARATHON GUN BILL HEARING CONDUCTED

COMMITTEE CUT-OFF TODAY – BILLS SURVIVE/BILLS DIE

SB 5083 (Stevens), which would establish a mechanism for recognizing out-of-state concealed pistol licenses, passed out of the Senate on a 48-0 vote (1 excused). It has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee for action after the 17 February chamber cut-off. This is the same bill that passed the Senate last year, only to die in House Judiciary.

The 3 February evening House Judiciary Committee hearing on six gun bills (HBs 2493, 2600, 2671, 2701, 2791, 3128) ran almost three hours. The hearing was televised live by TV Washington and may be rerun on the weekend (see TVW details below). Our position on all bills was made clear to the committee, and it appears we prevailed in most cases. ALL of the bills we opposed died at the committee cut-off. We lost a couple of good ones, too (SB 6284, HBs 2310 and 2494)

AT 5 p.m. Friday (6 February) all bills that have not passed out of their original policy committee are considered dead for the session (subject on rare occasion to “resurrection” if a majority of the body calls for it). Bills that passed their policy committee are still in play. The following gun-related bills passed the committee cut-off: SBs 5083 and 6389, HBs 2473, 2493, 2600 and 2701. The bills that died include: SB 6284 and HBs 2310, 2494, 2544, 2671, 2791 and 3128.,

BILL STATUS (only those bills active during the 2004 session):

Bill # Subject Sponsor Status

ESB 5083 CPL Reciprocity Stevens (R-39) H. Jud.

SB 6389 Airport gun restriction Brandland (R-42) S. Rules

SB 6284 No-fee under-18 hunting lic. Doumit (D-19) Died

HB 2310 Emergency CPL Carrell (R-28) Died

HB 2473 LEO DV firearms Clibborn (D-41) H. Rules

HB 2493 CPL renewal date Delvin (R-8) H. Rules

HB 2494 Firearms industry prot. Delvin (R-8) Died

HB 2544 GFSZ “dangerous weapons” Condotta (R-12) Died

HB 2600 Restoration of firearm rights Carrell (R-28) H. Rules

HB 2671 Expanded disqualifiers Moeller (D-49) Died

HB 2701 Airport gun restriction Lovick (D-44) H. Rules

HB 2791 DV gun confiscation Kagi (D-32) Died

HB 3128 Legislative gun ban Lovick (D-44) Died

Key to abbreviations: S. = Senate, H. = House, Jud = Judiciary, CJ&J = Criminal Justice & Corrections, Fish/Ecol = Fisheries, Ecology & Parks, JuvJust = Juvenile Justice, Educ = Education, LocGov = Local Government, Parks = Parks, Fish & Wildlife, W&M = Ways and Means

2004 BULL SUMMARY AND POSITION (on bills still active):

ESB 5083 (Stevens) Recognizes concealed pistol licenses from states who recognize Washington’s CPL, with caveats SUPPORT

SSB 6389 (Brandland) Adds the current FAA-designated restricted areas of airports to those areas where possession of firearms is prohibited SUPPORT AS AMENDED

HB 2473 (Clibborn) Prohibits law enforcement officers subject to court action on DV issues from carrying in the courthouse at related hearings NEUTRAL

HB 2493 (Delvin) Clarifies when the CPL renewal actually takes effect for early or late renewals SUPPORT

HB 2600 (Carrell) Clarifies restoration of firearms rights for individuals found not guilty by reason of insanity SUPPORT

HB 2701 (Lovick) Adds the current FAA-designated restricted areas of airports to those areas where possession of firearms is prohibited SUPPORT AS AMENDED

HEARINGS SCHEDULED:

NONE

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". It's available in two versions: text (.txt) file or Acrobat (.pdf) file. The "Acrobat" version is preferred as it is easier to read and is an exact copy of the hard copy format the legislators use. You may download a free version of Adobe Acrobat from Adobe's web site. 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.

GET THE WORD OUT: If you want to subscribe to the GOAL Post by e-mail, send a message to "jwaldron@halcyon.com". Please pass GOAL Post on to anyone you believe may have an interest in protecting our rights. Better yet, make a couple of copies of this message, post it on your gun club’s bulletin board, and leave copies with your local gun shop(s).
PERMISSION IS HEREBY GRANTED TO DUPLICATE OR REDISTRIBUTE GOAL POST PROVIDED IT IS REPRODUCED IN ITS ENTIRETY WITHOUT TEXTUAL MODIFICATION AND CREDIT IS GIVEN TO GOAL. I can be reached at "jwaldron@halcyon.com" or (during session) by telephone at (425) 454-4911. Unfortunately, I am unable to mail hard copy GOAL Post to individuals. Limited numbers of hard copies MAY be available at WAC gun shows.

Upcoming WAC gun show(s):

Monroe 14-15 February

Puyallup 20-21 March

"The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men."

Article 1, Section 24

Constitution of the State of Washington

Copyright 2004 Gun Owners Action League of WA

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