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Critical Action is Needed to Stop Firearms Discharge Legislation in Washington State.

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Desertdog, Feb 8, 2006.

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  1. Desertdog

    Desertdog Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Ridgecrest Ca
    Critical Action is Needed to Stop Firearms Discharge Legislation in Washington State!

    Your phone calls and emails are urgently needed to stop a bill prohibiting the discharge of firearms on Island County from becoming law. Sponsored by Senator Mary Margaret Haugen (D-10), Senate Bill 6598 would effectively ban shooting on all county-owned land in Island County.

    SB 6598 is now before the State Legislature because there is not enough support in Island County to restrict shooting. Only a few residents are against shooting on Island County. Meetings and hearings have been held in the county and discussions are still taking place to determine what would be an appropriate local action, if any is necessary.

    Existing law already gives authority to cities and counties to restrict the discharge of firearms. Representing Island County, Senator Haugen is apparently frustrated by the lack of support for her anti-shooting agenda within her own district. Her asking the State Legislature to weigh in on a local issue is an attempt to make an end-run around the Island County government process.

    Even if you do not live in Island County, SB 6598 directly affects you because it is unnecessary, inappropriate and would create a horrible precedent!

    It is an abuse of the state legislative process and your county could be next!

    SB 6598 is currently pending a vote in the Senate Rules Committee. It is vital that you immediately send an email to and/or call the members of the Senate Rules Committee (listed below). Please respectfully ask them to oppose SB 6598! Be sure to contact your State Senator as well! To reach members of the State Senate please call at (800) 562-6000.

    It is especially important, if you live in Island County to communicate with your State Senator, Mary Margaret Haugen, and politely, but firmly, express your displeasure with her introduction of this legislation!

    For the sake of the future of shooting sports throughout Washington State, contact State Senators immediately!

    Contact information for the Senate Rules Committee is as follows:

    Senator Brad Owen, Chairman

    D-Lieutenant Governor

    Phone: (360) 786-7700

    E-mail: ltgov@leg.wa.gov

    (D-29) Senator Rosa Franklin, Vice Chairman

    Phone: (360) 786-7656

    E-mail: franklin.rosa@leg.wa.gov

    (R-16) Senator Mike Hewitt

    Phone: (360) 786-7630

    E-mail: hewitt.mike@leg.wa.gov

    (D-3) Senator Lisa Brown

    Phone: (360) 786-7604

    E-mail: brown.lisa@leg.wa.gov

    (D-19) Senator Mark Doumit

    Phone: (360) 786-7636

    E-mail: doumit.mark@leg.wa.gov

    (D-30) Senator Tracey Eide

    Phone: (360) 786-7658

    E-mail: eide_tr@leg.wa.gov

    (R-48) Senator Luke Esser

    Phone: (360) 786-7694

    E-mail: esser_lu@leg.wa.gov

    (R-45) Senator Bill Finkbeiner

    Phone: (360) 786-7672

    E-mail: finkbein_bi@leg.wa.gov

    (D-22) Senator Karen Fraser

    Phone: (360) 786-7642

    E-mail: fraser_ka@leg.wa.gov

    (D-10) Senator Mary Margaret Haugen

    Phone: (360) 786-7618

    E-mail: haugen_ma@leg.wa.gov

    (R-15) Senator Jim Honeyford

    Phone: (360) 786-7684


    (R-47) Senator Stephen Johnson

    Phone: (360) 786-7692


    (D-37) Senator Adam Kline

    Phone: (360) 786-7688

    E-mail: kline.adam@leg.wa.gov

    (D-36) Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles

    Phone: (360) 786-7670

    E-mail: kohl-welles.jeanne@leg.wa.gov

    (R-12) Senator Linda Evans Parlette

    Phone: (360) 786-7622


    (D-27) Senator Debbie Regala

    Phone: (360) 786-7652


    (D-40)Senator Harriet Spanel

    Phone: (360) 786-7678

    E-mail: spanel.harriet@leg.wa.gov

    (R-39) Senator Val Stevens

    Phone: (360) 786-7676

    (D-43) Senator Pat Thibaudeau

    Phone: (360) 786-7628

    E-mail: thibaudeau.pat@leg.wa.gov

    (R-18) Senator Joseph Zarelli

    Phone: (360) 786-7634


    Please Make This Call Today!

    To find further contact information please use the "Write Your Representative" feature found at www.NRAILA.org.
  2. Langenator

    Langenator Member

    Jul 30, 2003
    Ft Belvoir, VA
    You know, it'd be nice if the NRA-ILA would at least do their homework WRT gun laws...

    The bill isn't in the legislature because there isn't support for any such law in Island County...it's there because WA has state pre-emption of any local firearms laws. Which is why, despite the Hammer and Sickle folks who run Seattle, you can still buy guns there.

    Edit: I stand corrected: Localities can restrict discarge of firearms for safety reasons, under RCW. Info from WSRPA

    GOAL Post 2006-4
  3. acdodd

    acdodd Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    There is no shooting allowed in King county.
    That law has been on the books for several years now.
    It is technically illegal to discharge a firearm in self defence but that has never been prosecuted.
    So the precedent has already been established and Island county will most likely implement that law.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2006
  4. Langenator

    Langenator Member

    Jul 30, 2003
    Ft Belvoir, VA
    You're missing the point...county residents apparently DON'T want the law, the the county council (or commission, or whatever they call it) isn't much interested.

    But the state Senator who represents Island County (and some of her friends) ARE interested...thus why the proposed law is in Olympia, not Island County.
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