Neat! And I thought this was a good place to buy a house. GOAL Post 2005-3 <> Legislative Update from Olympia 21 January 2005 <> MAJOR ANTI-GUN BILLS FILED HEARING SCHEDULED 25 JANUARY MAXIMUM ATTENDANCE REQUESTED Recall during the campaign period Democrat presidential candidate John Kerry taking photo ops at a trap range in Wisconsin, receiving a shotgun at a union rally in West Virginia and going goose hunting in Ohio? Or all the talk in the newspaper op-ed pages by Democrats after the election about reaching out to â€œred staters?â€ Forget about it. Several extremist gun control bills have been scheduled for a public hearing â€“ even before bill numbers are assigned (thus preventing the public from obtaining copies of the bills or referencing bill numbers when calling their legislators). One bill will ban possession of â€œassault weaponsâ€ in the state, with the definition of â€œassault weaponâ€ being much broader than the recently-expired Clinton gun ban. For example, under the Washington bill, M1 carbines and Ruger Mini-14s would be banned, as would any detachable magazine semi-auto or pump rifle or shotgun with a SINGLE â€œmilitary feature.â€ No more than 10 rounds may be loaded in any magazine (even in your HOME) except at a recognized firing range. Another bill bans rifles chambered for the .50 caliber Browning machine gun cartridge (.50 BMG). Both bills will allow those who currently possess such firearms to keep them (if you owned it BEFORE the effective date) â€“ but ONLY after registering it with local police, undergoing a background check (for an unspecified fee), renewing the registration and background check ANNUALLY â€“ again for an unspecified fee, and the best part: Law enforcement agencies are allowed to conduct an annual inspection of your home to ensure you are â€œsafely and securelyâ€ storing the assault weapon or .50 BMG rifle properly (no definition of â€œsafely and securelyâ€ is given). Assault weapons and .50 BMG rifles may only be possessed at home, at a range, or transporting directly in between those locations. Under an â€œemergency clause,â€ the laws take effect as soon as Governor Gregoire signs them. Thatâ€™s the quick and dirty explanation of the impact of the bills. As soon as bill numbers are assigned and you can obtain copies from the Legislative Web Site or the Bill Room, I will send another GOAL message. The old â€œWhitney Gravesâ€ safe storage bill has been refiled as SB 5342 (Senator Kohl-Welles, D-36). If a child obtains your loaded firearm, you may be found guilty of a gross misdemeanor and face a year in jail, even if no harm resulted. Amazingly, if someone is harmed as a result of the act, the prosecuting attorney is given explicit permission to DECLINE to prosecute. This is bizarre! SB 5343 (Senator Kohl-Welles, D-36) is the same old Washington Ceasefire â€œgun show loopholeâ€ bill thatâ€™s been beating around for four years now. It would require ALL firearms transferred at a gun show to be processed by a licensed federal firearms dealer, subject to a background check, with an unspecified fee to be charged by the state patrol (AND a fee to be charged by the dealer, naturally). The definition of â€œgun showâ€ includes the parking lots and other curtilage areas of a gun show, placing the burden of patrolling the parking lot on the gun show promoter. SB 5344 (Senator Fairley, D-32) would make it a criminal offense to possess a firearm inside the Legislative Building (capitol building) on the state Capitol Campus. The Washington State Patrol would be required to provide lock boxes or some other form of secure storage for lawfully-carried pistols. This is the same provision that is in place for court housesâ€¦ that routinely refuse to accept firearms for safekeeping. There have been a couple of pro-gun bills filed this week as well. SB 5167 (Hargrove, D-24) allows persons who lawfully possess suppressors (silencers) to actually shoot with them, an act now prohibited by state law. SB 5167 is not currently scheduled for a hearing. Another as-yet unnumbered bill is one from Senator Pam Roach (R-31) that would extend the validity of CPLs possessed by military members if they are deployed out of state. Their 90-day clock on renewal would start upon their return. That bill will be heard with the anti-gun bills on 25 January. Bills have been filed in both the Senate (SB 5383) and House (HB 1213) that would put a lower age limit on hunting license issuance, 10 years of age. It would also limit attendance at the state-mandated hunter ed courses to those aged 10 and over. Children younger than 10 could still attend other firearms safety courses. A public hearing on SBs 5131, 5342, 5343, 5344, the a/w ban, the .50 BMG ban and the military CPL renewal bill will be held on Tuesday, 25 January in Senate Hearing Room 1, John A. Cherberg Senate Office Building. The hearing runs from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. WE NEED AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE TO ATTEND THIS HEARING, and to sign in on the sign-in sheet taking a â€œproâ€ (for) or â€œconâ€ (against) position. If you know of any pro-gun police officers or retired officers who might be able to attend and speak against the anti-gun bills, it would help immensely. Without doubt the â€œcop lobbyâ€ will speak in favor of the bills. BILL STATUS: Bill # Subject Sponsor Status SB 5041 Sentencing range McCaslin (R-4) S. Jud. SB 5131 Insanity finding/firearms Carrell (R-28) S.Jud. SB 5167 Firearm suppressors Hargrove (D-24) S.Jud. SB 5342 Safe storage of firearms Kohl-Welles (D-36) S.Jud. SB 5343 Gun show loophole Kohl-Welles (D-36) S.Jud. SB 5344 Capitol campus gun ban Fairley (D-32) S. Jud. SB 5383 Juvenile hunting licenses Oke (R-26) S. NatRes SB xxxx Assault weapon ban Kline (D-37) S. Jud. SB xxxx .50 BMG rifle ban Kline (D-37) S. Jud. SB xxxx deployed military CPL renewal Roach (R-31) S. Jud. HB 1133 Public disclosure law Nixon (R-45) H. StatGov HB 1213 Juvenile hunting licenses Clements (R-14) H.NatRes HJM 4002 Manufacturer protection Curtis (R-18) H.Jud. Key to abbreviations: S. = Senate, H. = House, HJM = House Joint Memorial, Jud = Judiciary, CJ&J = Criminal Justice & Corrections, Fish/Ecol = Fisheries, Ecology & Parks, JuvJust = Juvenile Justice, Educ = Education, LocGov = Local Government, NatRes = Natural Resources; W&M = Ways and Means GOAL position on bills: SB 5041 Neutral SB 5131 Neutral SB 5167 Support SB 5342 Oppose SB 5343 Oppose SB 5344 Concerns SB 5383 Concerns a/w ban Oppose .50 ban Oppose mil. CPL Support HB 1133 Neutral HB 1213 Concerns HJM 4002 Support Note: Our position on bills may change as they are amended and move through the process. HEARINGS SCHEDULED: Senate Judiciary 3:30 p.m. 25 Jan Senate Hearing Rm 1 Public testimony will be taken on seven gun bills, three of which donâ€™t even have bill numbers as this is being written. The bills are SBs 5131, 5342, 5343, 5344, the assault weapon ban, the .50 BMG rifle ban, and the deployed military CPL renewal. 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.