WA Gun Prohibitionists Reveal Ominous 2020 Legislative Agenda

The gun control lobby in Washington State wants to push legislatio n limiting magazine capacity and require background checks on ammunition purchases. (Dave Workman photo)

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- Seattle-based gun control extremists — mislabeled “gun-safety advocates” in a Seattle Times report reprinted in other newspapers — have unveiled their legislative agenda for 2020, just as thousands of Evergreen State gun owners are signing an initiative petition to repeal one of their laws passed in 2018.

According to the published reports, the billionaire-backed Alliance for Gun Responsibility will press the Democrat-controlled Legislature to extend “gun-free zones to include childcare centers.” They want to ban so-called “high-capacity magazines” and create a “licensing system for ammunition sellers.”

The full agenda may be read here:

Left unsaid is the real threat that what the anti-gun-rights lobbying group doesn’t get during the 60-day session, it will seek by ballot initiative next November. That’s when it is a safe bet every liberal anti-gunner in the state will return ballots just to vote against President Donald Trump.

Over the weekend at the Washington Arms Collectors’ monthly gun show in Puyallup, at least a dozen different volunteer signature gatherers were collecting signatures on Initiative 1094. That’s the grassroots measure to repeal Initiative 1639, the extremist gun control package passed by almost 60 percent of voters who returned ballots last year. Since then, a majority of county sheriffs have announced they will not enforce provisions of the measure. At least a half-dozen county commissions are on record opposing it. A federal challenge has been filed by the Second Amendment Foundation and National Rifle Association, and that legal action is now in the discovery phase.

I-1094 backers are trying for 300,000 signatures by Dec. 28 to deliver it to the Legislature in January. If they succeed, lawmakers are likely to punt and place the initiative on the November ballot. With no fundraising to promote the measure, they will have a hard time convincing voters when they will be up against the deep pockets of the anti-gun lobby. Most of the $4 million-plus spent last year to pass I-1639 came from a dozen people and sources, mostly based in and around the Seattle area.

I-1639 placed restrictions on so-called “semiautomatic assault rifles,” and included an all-encompassing definition of such a gun to cover every self-loading rifle, including .22-caliber hunting and recreational rifles, ever manufactured.

According to the newspaper reports, the new legislative push will happen with a new House speaker, Democrat Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma. A perennial anti-gunner, Jinkins is expected to allow every gun control measure to move.

One of those measures would be aimed at banning sales of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Sponsored by Rep. Javier Valdez, a Seattle Democrat, the legislation will reportedly be “officially requested” by anti-gun Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Gov. Jay Inslee, both Democrats.

Gun owners are alarmed about the proposal to erode or repeal the state’s 35-year-old preemption statute and add restrictions to the concealed carry statute. Washington is an open-carry state but nearly 640,000 citizens are licensed to carry concealed, and the number continues to rise. By some estimates, there may be 1.5 to 2 million gun owners in a state of about 7.5 million people. Here's what the state preemption statute says:

The state of Washington hereby fully occupies and preempts the entire field of firearms regulation within the boundaries of the state, including the registration, licensing, possession, purchase, sale, acquisition, transfer, discharge, and transportation of firearms, or any other element relating to firearms or parts thereof, including ammunition and reloader components. Cities, towns, and counties or other municipalities may enact only those laws and ordinances relating to firearms that are specifically authorized by state law, as in RCW 9.41.300, and are consistent with this chapter. Such local ordinances shall have the same penalty as provided for by state law. Local laws and ordinances that are inconsistent with, more restrictive than, or exceed the requirements of state law shall not be enacted and are preempted and repealed, regardless of the nature of the code, charter, or home rule status of such city, town, county, or municipality.

Republican State Rep. Jim Walsh was blunt in a remark to the Seattle Times: “We’re basically in a defensive crouch for the legislative session.”

What may energize many people as purely “gun voters” is the entry of billionaire gun control advocate Michael Bloomberg into the Democratic presidential race. Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety has poured millions of dollars into gun control politics around the country. Everytown spent a reported $2.5 million to change the Virginia Legislature to Democrat control earlier this month. The organization and Bloomberg personally have contributed more than $2 million to gun control efforts just in Washington State.

Grassroots rights activists have wondered what it would take to energize and unite Evergreen State gun owners to shrug off their political lethargy and vote as a bloc. The 2020 legislative agenda may be the catalyst.

Traditionally, gun owners can be a perplexing lot. They may not turn out to vote but will crowd public meetings to complain about gun control laws. They call for adherence to the Second Amendment and state constitutional right-to-bear-arms provisions but allow the election to the office of liberals who consistently vote against their rights.

Over the weekend, one veteran gun rights advocate privately told AMMOLAND during the Puyallup gun show that the gun control initiatives passed so far have, in his opinion, been aimed at destroying gun shows in the state. In particular, the once-flourishing Washington Arms Collectors shows have become a shadow of their former selves.

The cities of Seattle and Tacoma have, in the opinion of many activists, been allowed by the liberal State Supreme Court to dance around the state preemption statute, by adopting gun and ammunition taxes that may drive gun shops out of the cities.

If the political tide is to turn in Washington, it will have to happen soon, and dramatically.


About Dave Workman

Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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tuska1
tuska1
10 months ago

Regarding WA State. Get active in your city/county. Create smart initiatives in your counties and cities. Get them on the ballot. If enough of them are on the books then the state might have to work with the counties to get other laws passed. Take standard capacity mags as an example. If you own 25 of them and the state passes a law making them illegal then they can’t just wave their hands and make you a criminal for owning them. They have to either grandfather them in, or put something in place that will likely not hold up in… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
10 months ago
Reply to  tuska1

@Tuska, I would not be hard to run for school board, either. Restore the Republic! And Happy Thanksgiving!

Some guy
Some guy
10 months ago

It all comes down to the only question that matters. Are you an American, or a democrat? Democrats are a cancer tumor eating away at America, it is time to cut the tumor out!

StWayne
StWayne
10 months ago

The thing about law, is that a lawyer goes unfulfilled unless he or she is enacting them. It’s what they do. And judges, they rule on those conclusions because that too, is what they do. The problem with it is that, if you only have access to a hammer, everything starts looking like nail.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
10 months ago
Reply to  StWayne

@So you’d rather have a carpenter rule on the law, and a judge build your house?

StWayne
StWayne
10 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

At least they couldn’t screw things up any worse than they already are! Ever see the movie “Unforgiven” with Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman? If you did, then you know as a Sheriff who was busy building a house without a straight angle to be found anywhere, Hackman as Sheriff didn’t have time to make things worse for everyone else. Before justice came his way, he was heard to say, “I wasn’t supposed to get shot. I was building a house G-damnit!”

tetejaun
tetejaun
10 months ago

…and the Americans in Washington State kneel and lick the hand of the tyrant.
The time for these anti-Constitution activists to learn a hard lesson is upon us.
I hope there is at least ONE America in Washington State.
As CourageousLion stated, employ “The War of the Flea”.
I am pleased that another educated American, CourageousLion, knew of that tactic.
There may be hope after all.

The War of the Flea is also employed by LaRaza and MS13.

Some guy
Some guy
10 months ago
Reply to  tetejaun

We were given the second amendment for a reason. The time is now to use it.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
10 months ago
Reply to  Some guy

@Some guy, Ok, where are you holding formation, and what is for lunch?

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
10 months ago
Reply to  tetejaun

The War of the Flea is 4th Generation warfare and is one of the reasons the US didn’t “Win” Vietnam and is in Afghanistan for what? EIGHTEEN YEARS NOW? And if they think that Afghanistan is a PITA…wait until just the HUNTERS in WISCONSIN GET PISSED OFF.

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
10 months ago

Another lemming just down voted you for this statement even though it is ABSOLUTELY TRUE. We seem to have quite a few lemmings that hang out here at Ammo Land. GO AWAY BOOT LICKERS! We don’t want you here.

tetejaun
tetejaun
10 months ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

Are they liberal boot-lickers from Mediaite? It shows their ignorance when they will down-vote then run away crying rather that offer a rebuttal.

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
10 months ago

Seems to me that the gun owners of Washington as well as a number of other communist run “states” need to start “The War of The Flea”. Once that happens…well guess what? The GOVERNMENT will be fearing the people and there will be freedom. Until then…

tetejaun
tetejaun
10 months ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

Exactly.

Some guy
Some guy
10 months ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

It’s BOOGALOO time!

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
10 months ago
Reply to  Some guy

@Some, Charles Manson called it helter-skelter.

Vern
Vern
10 months ago

How come those who claim to be anti-gun never have a rally or show of action against criminals and gangs? Only against law abiding citizens who never bother anyone else?
Protecting the criminal element is becoming a full time job of those on the left. Why?

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
10 months ago
Reply to  Vern

Because crimes against the people aren’t important. It is only crimes against the edicts of the ruling class that are important. The armed slaves are starting to get PISSED OFF and the elite see it and are starting to realize that disarming all of the PISSED OFF ARMED SLAVES is to their best interest.

tetejaun
tetejaun
10 months ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

BINGO!

ConfusedForeignGirl
ConfusedForeignGirl
10 months ago

Seem like a lot of range here in Washington only allow 10 round magazines (at least where I just moved to)
Tried a different range and the range officer screamed at me for loading a magazine with more than one round. Said I was only allowed one round per magazine unless I was a member and had special permission to load 5 rounds…
If they vote on this law, it’ll pass most likely since it seems a lot of the shooters here just don’t care and glare at anyone who isn’t using a bolt action rifle.

ConfusedForeignGirl
ConfusedForeignGirl
10 months ago
Reply to  Dave Workman

Renton fish and game club is the one that only allowed 1 round per magazine and was very rude. Issaquah sportsman’s club was very nice but still had a 10 round limit

StWayne
StWayne
10 months ago

Hey CFG —

I would drop that gun range like the politically correct socialist site it has become. Only when everyone goes somewhere else, will the owner/director realize their mistake: the lack of income as routinely contributed by freedom loving fighters. I used to live in Spokane back in the day (1978 – 1983) while serving at Fairchild Air Force Base, and cannot remember coming across anything even remotely like this. My how times have changed.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
10 months ago
Reply to  StWayne

, presuming that her story is true.

StWayne
StWayne
10 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

I give everyone the benefit of the doubt. It’s up to them how much of it they want to keep.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
10 months ago
Reply to  StWayne

, I prefer not to be deceived. I’d like to read which range CFG is writing about.

ConfusedForeignGirl
ConfusedForeignGirl
10 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

It was Renton Fish and Game Club
rfgc.org
Their website even has a section about not doing what they call “multiple loading” and you can read the reviews if you don’t believe me. The other range that allowed 10 round is Issaquah Sportsman’s Club, though besides the 10 round limit, they were much nicer. Weirdly enough that one was right behind a school so maybe that was the reason they limit it to 10 rounds? I don’t know

Whodaty
Whodaty
10 months ago

Perhaps I should not reveal this, but I was at a competitive plate shoot a few weeks back, and a person with a bolt action beat some of the people shooting with semi autos. Conclusion? Practice makes all the difference, and laws demonizing semi autos are very ineffective. The voters gave the legislators an inch last couple of sessions, now the antis are back for the mile…. And, I used to love living in WA.
I chose this state when I got finished serving my country in the military. Shortsighted I guess.

StWayne
StWayne
11 months ago

Everything about these measures is anti-Constitutional. They slide in words like high risk, public safety, libraries, semi-automatic assault rifles, parks, loading and unloading zones, places where the public gathers, and whatnot, as tools of 2A infringements. Seattle is the place where your Constitutional rights are being tread upon, as if a blueprint for the rest of the anti-gun world to model themselves. Cut the head off the beast, and the beast cannot live. It’s time to show the anti-Constitutional movement just who they are dealing with. It was Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, who said, after the surprise attack on Pearl… Read more »

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
10 months ago
Reply to  StWayne

But, but, but…it’s FOR THE CHILDREN! Don’t you see???

Tionico
Tionico
10 months ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

MY children are not allowed to go to places where I cannot carry legally. When they close down libraries to lawful carry, they will close them down to me and mine. When they close down high school football games to my lawfully carried sidearm, they close them to me and mine. Those fixed places of business that close themselves to my presence (which INCLUDES my sidearm) they close them off to me and mine as well.. I have no delusions that this policy will “hurt” or “pressure” anyone. But I read…. news reports. The VAST majority of innocents killed in… Read more »

StWayne
StWayne
10 months ago
Reply to  Tionico

I am just like you. I ignore most of those signs as unconstitutional. Just because it’s posted, doesn’t make it law. If my firearm isn’t allowed, and they have a metal detector at the door, then neither am I. I take my business elsewhere.

Knute
Knute
10 months ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

Those Tavistock Institution approved propaganda phrases don’t have the impact they once did. Too many lies for too long have cost the antis and their media darlings everything, esp credibility. Too many lies for too long finally wake the sleeping sheep up, and once awakened, the sweetest music they can come up with fails to put them back to sleep. At this point, more lies just make them more awake…. and angrier too.

Truth
Truth
10 months ago
Reply to  StWayne

Most politicians are/were former lawyers. Lawyers are adept at using language to confuse, manipulate and hide meanings from the average person. Words have different meanings in law and most people have no idea what those meanings are except commonly used meanings. One should get hold of Black’s Law Dictionary to research how meanings hold the keys to every law.

StWayne
StWayne
10 months ago
Reply to  Truth

It called “conflagration under the color of law.” At least that’s how I always understood it.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
10 months ago
Reply to  StWayne

, What s the, “It…”? And conflagration is fire or burning. So what are you trying to say?

StWayne
StWayne
10 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

As I understand “it,” it’s when the heat/fear of one law is used to ignite and or justify another, and so on and so on, until the average “joe” becomes so bewildered as to surrender to the idea that he or she must comply because they have no power against it.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
10 months ago
Reply to  Truth

@T, every household should have a Black’s. Send your kid to the local law office. Have him say, ” I’d like to know more about the law. Do you have an old edition of Black’s Law Dictionary, that I could buy?” I bet the lawyer would give him one.

Stripeseven
Stripeseven
11 months ago

The new Regime of Unchecked, Unchallenged, and Unlimited power over the people in that part of occupied territory is apparently dug in deep. Freedom is to be served up by the state, not suppressed by it… Honor your Oath… Serve not Rule.

Superman
Superman
11 months ago

As a resident of Washington state, I must warn fellow Washington residents that ALL of the wish list from the Alliance for Gun Responsibility WILL PASS during the next legislative session. Buy PLENTY of ‘high capacity’ magazines NOW before the prices skyrocket. Don’t say I did not warn you.

Oldman
Oldman
10 months ago
Reply to  Superman

I have lived in WA state for 64 years and it has only been the past 5 where things are so far out of hand that my wife and I have been looking to go elsewhere. Being on a fixed income makes that a hardship, so we have decided not only to buy more HC mags, but to augment our 20,000 + or minus rds to thirty or forty thousand. One can never have too many.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
10 months ago
Reply to  Oldman

@Old, Food and water can be used as a weapon, too. It does not hurt to have a few extra cans of food on hand.

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
11 months ago

Not every group, there are some that will not compromise; GOA, nationally, and the Virginia Civilian Defense League (VCDL), in my state. I am sure there are others, but those are the two I have vested interest in.

Will
Will
11 months ago

@Heed,GOA is very solid and they take defending our 2A civil rights and freedoms very seriously. They have done and continue to do what scumbag Lapierres former NRA never could or would. When you join GOA,donate,you never have to be concerned your money will be stolen or lent to a corrupt,complicit BOD at no interest,or very low interest loans.

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
10 months ago

Can you give us a link to that resolution and would you mind pointing out the points that conflict with shall not be infringed?