U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- Washington State gun prohibitionists are singing the blues while gun rights activists are cheering because a bill to restrict access to so-called “high-capacity magazines” did not get a vote before a March 9 deadline, effectively killing it for the current legislative session.
In an email blast to supporters, the billionaire-backed Alliance for Gun Responsibility was moping.
“We are sharing some disappointing news,” the Seattle-based gun prohibition lobbying group said. “SB 5078, our bill to restrict access to high-capacity magazines, was not voted on before yesterday’s house of origin cutoff, which means it will not be moving forward this session.
“This is frustrating to say the least,” the message added. “We have been fighting in the legislature for the last three years to pass legislation to keep high-capacity magazines out of our communities. And once again, lawmakers did not act.”
But it appears grassroots gun rights activists did, according to a Facebook post by Olympia-watcher Curtis Bingham with a group called “Washington 2021 Legislative Action,” and he put it bluntly in a message.
“The biggest anti-gun bills failed to pass out of their house of origin,” he reported.
One was a House bill to ban open carry near protests, another was a ban on so-called “assault weapons,” and the third was the open carry ban.
“It was hard work,” he wrote, “It certainly wasn’t a landslide. (However) your voices absolutely mattered…You were heard. Everyone pitched in and emailed/called your legislators.”
But a few lines later, Bingham cautioned, “The fight isn’t over. We have to remain vigilant and active. Remember, any rule can be suspended with enough votes, so we’re not out of the woods until Sine Die on April 25.”
However, Bingham acknowledged via private message with Ammoland News, that Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5038, which also prohibits open carry of firearms at permitted demonstrations is still alive. A check with the Legislature’s website confirmed ESSB 5038 is scheduled for a public hearing before the House Committee on Civil Rights & Judiciary on March 16, with an executive session of that committee slated March 19.
Meanwhile, the anti-gun Alliance reported something else in its email that raises eyebrows because it suggests the group is taking up social justice warmongering.
“Several other important gun responsibility bills are still moving,” the group declared.
These include House Bill 1054 “which bans police from using chokeholds, neck restraints, and ‘no-knock warrants.”
There is no explanation of what these subjects remotely have to do with “gun responsibility.”
Washington has become a hotbed of gun prohibition politics in recent years, with the wealthy gun control lobby spending millions of dollars to literally buy initiative elections, and support the election of anti-gun Democrats. But additional gun control restrictions have not significantly lowered the homicide statics in Washington State. In 2019, the most recent year for which FBI data is available, there were 135 gun-related murders in Washington. In 2018, the state saw 138 gun-related killings. The previous year (2017) saw 134 slayings involving firearms, and in 2016, there were 127 murders with guns.
When 2020 data becomes available in late September, many people expect the number of killings to spike upward, considering the 52 murders logged in Seattle last year, a jump of more than 50 percent over the 36 murders logged in 2019, according to Seattle police data.
Essentially, gun control has had the opposite effect on crime in the Evergreen State than what anti-gunners predicted and promised with passage of their gun control measures in 2014 and 2018. Observers including Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms—which coincidentally is headquartered in Bellevue, the neighboring city to Seattle—have called the gun control crusade in his state a dismal failure. Coupled with far left demands to defund local police departments and last year’s violent protests and riots, the state has gone through a political and social upheaval that has been driving increasing numbers of people to gun stores.
And the anti-gun lobby was on the losing end recently when a three-judge panel of the State Court of Appeals unanimously struck down a “safe storage” ordinance adopted in the City of Edmonds because it violates Washington’s long-standing state preemption law.
Seattle adopted a similar ordinance that is also being challenged, in the same appellate court. Both legal actions were filed by the Second Amendment Foundation and National Rifle Association, in cooperation with gun owners in Seattle and Edmonds.
About 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.
ANY so-called “gun control” is NEVER about stopping crime, saving lives, for the children, etc. It is ALWAYS about disarming the American Citizen! Remember that and act accordingly!
Imagine if we had as many laws against lobbying as we have gun laws, we might be able to live life & enjoy our God given rights.
Imagine if there were as many laws regarding vehicles and driver licenses (a PRIVILEGE) as there are for the 2nd. Amendment (a RIGHT).
We would have less religious leaders advocating for never-ending gun control if every sermon/homily had to be pre-approved by a government employee.
Lol, that would be putting church and state together. Could you add helping illegals to that so they could not promote taking them in, sending money to get them to our state and providing jobs and shelter?
Exhibit of one reason why many faithful Catholics have had enough of the human beings in leadership positions in the church and left to worship in another manner:
posted response, but it is on hold
Well, some good news for our state for a change, BUT it is a never ending, ongoing battle against the communist Governor, Lt. Governor, and the Attorney General. Ban open carry at a permitted demonstration? What about a non permitted demonstration? At least at a permitted demonstration you would know who’s carrying. Oh, I get it. If you can’t open carry a black rifle you would be more safe with a concealed handgun being carried….Right!
I wonder what having duplicity with the Chinese causes people to lose all the rest of the gray matter that they ever had, if any.
what lie cheat and steel is the demoncrat way
Here’s hoping that our state D majority doesn’t pull it to the floor last minute.
Why do you even look at the statistics on crime in relation to these bills?
They are only more steps on the way to disarming the citizens.
Each of these bills has nothing to do with crime, terrorism etc.
They can only truly oppress the citizens, after they have been disarmed