Washington: Anti-Gun Legislation Still Pending Executive Action in House Committee

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Washington: Anti-Gun Legislation Still Pending Executive Action in House Committee
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Washington, DC – -(Ammoland.com)- As previously reported, four anti-gun bills were heard in the Washington state House Judiciary Committee and could be voted on at any time.  The deadline for bills to be reported out of committee is Friday, February 5.  It is important that you continue to contact members of the House Judiciary Committee as well as your own legislators and politely urge them to oppose the below legislation when it comes up for a vote.

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Sponsored by anti-gun lawmakers, the four bills below contain boilerplate language from the Obama/Bloomberg playbook.  The proposed measures would only place an undue burden on law-abiding Washington gun owners.

House Bill 1747, sponsored by state Representative Ruth Kagi (D-32), would impose criminal penalties for “child endangerment due to unsafe storage of a firearm” if a “child” (defined as up to age 17) causes personal injury or death with a firearm.  This bill is unnecessary; firearms are at the bottom of the list of items causing injury and/or death to children and in those rare cases where adults are truly negligent, the existing reckless endangerment statute is adequate.  The only purpose of this bill is to single out and demonize firearms in the Washington code.

House Bill 2461, sponsored by state Representative Laurie Jinkins, would allow family members or law enforcement to petition the court to issue an “extreme risk protection order,” taking away someone’s Second Amendment rights without due process.

House Bill 2372, sponsored by state Representative Tana Senn, would permit law enforcement to destroy firearms that have been seized or forfeited.  Existing law allows local municipalities to sell seized and forfeited firearms to raise money for local public safety.  HB 2372 repeals that opportunity.  This bill was introduced by the same legislator who brought the ammunition tax, a bill that places the blame of criminal activity and violence on her law-abiding constituents.

House Bill 2460, sponsored by state Representative Brady Walkinshaw, would allow local municipalities to ban the possession of firearms in public parks, recreational facilities, libraries and in all public transportation.  Not only would this effectively take away the right of self-defense in these public places, but it would be a huge first step in weakening the preemption statute and opening the door to allow for the local prohibition of firearms.  The preemption statute is put in place to prevent local municipalities from creating a patchwork of complex and confusing gun laws that could ensnare gun owners unaware of the laws.

Also pending action by the House Judiciary Committee, is NRA-backed legislation, House Bill 2481.  Sponsored by state Representative Brian Blake, HB 2481 would clarify the current, inadequately-written exemption in Washington law that is intended to allow individuals who are licensed under federal law to manufacture, own, buy, sell, furnish or be in possession of a short-barreled rifles.

Please contact members of the House Judiciary Committee and politely urge them to oppose anti-gun legislation and to support HB 2481. 

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Don
Don
4 years ago

With all this great commentary HERE, I must ask why people of Washington State are not commenting here: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill/2354

FREEDOM OF CHOICE
FREEDOM OF CHOICE
5 years ago

Clark kent: Exactly proving my point that YOU do not get it. You’re a SUCKER of the media. Every view and agenda of any politician does NOT represent every voter even if they voted for them. They are always only the best of 2 evils. I am an example of what I have been using my JUST AS VALUABLE TIME to hopefully get you to understand the TRUE big picture of…citizens of the United States of America need to be just like their country…UNITED. Not devided. If I thought as you do I would not think we should be able… Read more »

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
5 years ago

Freedom of choice: YOU don’t ‘get it’, so I will use my valuable time to explain it to you. Here is THE BIG PICTURE: THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY DOES NOT SUPPORT GUN RIGHTS. The words ‘pro-Zion Nazi’ fits YOU to a ‘t’. And I don’t dislike you; I just pity you. Wake up and grow up; the truth hurts.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE
FREEDOM OF CHOICE
5 years ago

clark kent: You’re a perfect example of the kind of person that just doesn’t get it. So I’m not going to waste any more time than this to try to get you to understand. Ready? Here it is…”THE BIG PICTURE”. And your use of the word nazi is very fitting to you and very oxymoron at the same time. And unlike you, I do not and will not think that all republicans are like you (disliking someone just because of my political affiliation).

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
5 years ago

Freedom of choice: You mean ‘last and least I am a Democrat’. Thanks for nothing. Might as well claim to be a ‘pro-Zion Nazi’. With friends like you, who needs enemies?

Rich
Rich
5 years ago

There are over 370 “mental disorders” listed in the latest version of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.) The list includes “Tobacco Addiction Disorder” among other equally mundane and ridiculous so-called “mental illnesses.”

If the DSM is the standard by which Obama wishes to remove our rights to own guns, then I’d guess 90% of the American people could probably be classified with a mental disorder of one kind or another.

BEWARE, BEWARE

FREEDOM OF CHOICE
FREEDOM OF CHOICE
5 years ago

I am a 911 telecommunicator for a police department. It takes too long for us to answer an emergency call much less a non-emergency call because of being understaffed (as much as 30 minutes). It takes too long for the call to then be given to the officer in the field (even longer than 30 mins). And finally, it takes too long for officers to arrive on the scene of the crime (anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes or longer). We all need to remind the United States of America that law enforement has no legal obligation to protect any… Read more »

Robert
Robert
5 years ago

Actually John, I participate in #Every2ndcounts and open carry on the 2nd of every month. I have had numerous positive responses to this from non gun owners and gun owners alike. I have had officers respond only one time while open carrying and the reporting person was standing right there… When walking past a woman in the grocery store she gasped and demanded to know why I felt the need to carry a gun in a peaceful grocery store of all places. I told her for my protection, protection of my family, and the possible protection of others. She said,… Read more »

freewill
freewill
5 years ago

how many more gun free zones do they need to finally understand that thats where criminals attack!!!

John
John
5 years ago

I have been a reader of this site for years. I enjoy and appreciate it. The addition of political cartoons lightens my day and I pass them on many times. Still, I believe that there is a group of gun owners that hurt us all the time. It is hard to stop a person intent on making a name for themselves by killing a bunch of innocent people. Well trained concealed carry persons can have a positive impact on the situation. However, people running around with a gun on their hip at a grocery store or carrying an AR on… Read more »

Jorge Norberto Pedace
Jorge Norberto Pedace
5 years ago

SINCERAMENTE,NO ESTOY DE ACUERDO CONQUE HAYA UNA LEGISLACIÓN ANTI ARMAS,POR CONSIDERAR LA UN MENOSPRECIO AL VALOR Y A LA CONDUCTA INDIVIDUAL DE LOS AMERICANOS Y ECHAR POR TIERRA SU TRADICIÓN.NO ES CORRECTO,QUE TENGA QUE PAGAR LAS CULPAS TODO EL TERRITORIO AMERICANO POR ALGUNOS CRIMINALES Y DESVIADOS MENTALES,QUE DEBIERON SER APARTADOS DE LA SOCIEDAD E INTERNADOS EN CENTROS DE SALUD,PARA ENFERMOS MENTALES.FINALMENTE CUANDO LOS ASESINOS EMPLEEN OTROS MÉTODOS EN LUGAR DE LAS ARMAS DE FUEGO QUE VAMOS A DECIR ENTONCES.QUE LES DECIMOS A AQUELLOS A QUIENES LA NACIÓN ARMA PARA COMBATIR EN FAVOR DE LAS LIBERTADES INDIVI DUALES DE TODO EL… Read more »

TexStan
TexStan
5 years ago

The sponsors of the above noted proposed legislation, ex HB 2481, are completely delusional. Is there something in the water there, or are they simply the elite ruling class, overlords of us as subjects? I sense face to face conflict resolution forthcoming.