Monday, February 8, 2016

How special

Local man accused of supporting ISIS
Federal prosecutors say a Washington state Army deserter who made statements supporting fighters from the Islamic State group has been charged with illegally possessing firearms, including a machine gun.
Daniel Seth Franey, 33, has lived in Montesano for the last three years, working as a commercial fisherman out of Westport.
He appeared before a judge Monday afternoon, charged with six felony counts for illegally possessing automatic weapons and other firearms.
The investigation started after a few people went to police saying Franey talked about his support for ISIL and his desire to kill Americans.
Once again, many if not most of the evidence comes from "undercover Federal agents", posing the question "Which came first, the plot or the investigation?"

In this case at least, the court documents at the linked article indicate that "Witness 1" contacted the local sheriff's office, which is what launched this particular investigation.

Bear 2016!

Bear 2016 -- He's got the platform we need!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Addendum to GOAL Post 2016-5

I didn't want to make more than my usual typography/spelling/formatting changes to the original of GOAL Post 2016-5 to incorporate this addendum, so here it is as a separate post, in it's entirety. The only modification is the bold typeface to emphasize the hearing information.

TO: undisclosed-recipients:
SENT: Sat 2/6/2016 7:57 PM
SUBJECT: GOAL Post 2016-5 Addendum
6 February 2016
House Bill 2325, by Rep. Dick Muri (R-28), a bill that would create an elective hunter education/firearms safety course in high schools, failed to pass out of the House Education Committee by yesterday’s policy committee cut-off.  The bill is essentially dead for this session.

In a late addition to next week’s schedule, Rep, Muri has arranged for a “courtesy hearing” on the bill by the House Education Committee in House Hearing Room “A,” John L. O’Brien Office Building at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, 11 February.  WDFW Hunter Ed officials will be there as will several state-certified hunter education instructors. 

If you can attend the hearing, please try to do so.  A hunter ed/firearm safety course in our high schools would go a long way to counter the anti-gun indoctrination and misinformation that fills classrooms today.  A strong showing of support will help get this bill a hearing in the next legislative session.

GOAL Post 2016-5

Well, like usual, I got home from work late Friday night (actually Saturday morning) had a beer, chatted with Mrs. Drang, went to bed, got up later Saturday morning, got ready and went to work, came home Saturday night (actually Sunday morning...) so this is late again.

Oh, well.

The good news is that most of the bills died in committee, and that most of the ones that are still "alive", are "good ones.

The bad news is that a couple of the bad bills are still in play.

On the chart after the break, bills that are "not dead yet" are in bold type.
FROM: Joe Waldron (GOAL WA
TO: undisclosed-recipients:
SENT: Fri 2/5/2016 7:18 PM
SUBJECT: GOAL Post 2016-5

Legislative Update from Olympia 5 February 2016
·         BILL SHIFTS

(Back to my normal schedule.  GOAL Post should be published every Friday evening for the remainder of the session.)  

Of the more than 60 gun-related bills filed during the 2015-16 biennium, only a few have survived the 2016 first policy committee cut-off.  Because bills that do not pass out of their original policy committee (for most gun bills -- but not all -- House Judiciary or Senate Law & Justice) are considered dead for the session, I will annotate that in tonight’s “bill status” portion as “Died.”.  Next week I will only post those bills that are still under consideration in the remainder of the session.

A few new bills were filed this week, but none received a public hearing or a vote out of committee before tonight’s deadline.  HB 2951, by Rep. Scott (R-39) would override employer’s prohibitions on keeping firearms and/or ammunition in motor vehicles parked in company parking lots.  This protects customers AND employees.  HB 2974, by Rep. Shea (R-4) prohibits confiscation of private personal property (including firearms/ammunition) during a state of emergency.  HB 2975, also by Rep. Shea, creates the Washington state firearms civil rights act, an act that guarantees the right to keep and bear arms, prohibits public officials or employees from interfering with that right beyond existing law, and allows lawsuits against individuals in violation.  It also provides sentencing enhancement for those who carry, brandish or discharge a firearm in the commission of a crime.  All three bills are effectively dead as they were filed too late for a hearing.  But they’ll be back.

The GOAL position on HB 1713 (guns/mental health) has changed from OPPOSE to NEUTRAL based on adoption of a substitute bill.  The bill is now in House Appropriations awaiting committee action.

HB 2907 failed to pass committee, but a near duplicate, HB 2908 passed to House Rules committee.

Public hearings were held this week on HBs 2907 and 2913.  Executive action (amendments and votes) were taken on others.  HB 2410, which would have applied a blanket mandate to add to the “firearms offender registry” anyone convicted of a firearms offense.  The bill was amended to mandate inclusion of only violent or sexual predator offenses, omitting the requirement to add technical violations such as I-594 transfer violations.  An amendment to exempt concealed pistol licenses from the suspensions mandated by HB 2913 failed.  GOAL still opposes the bill.  (If HB 2913 becomes law, it will likely be challenged in court.)

Tuesday, 9 February marks the technical halfway point in this 60-day session.  From a legislative standpoint, the halfway point occurs six days later, 17 February, the days bills must pass their original chamber (House bills from the House, Senate bills from the Senate) or they are considered dead.  There’s still a lot of damage that can be done before the session ends.  


Okay, I confess

We're watching the Puppy Bowl, so sue us.

Monday, February 1, 2016

This has to be The Onion, right? Right?

Obama's gun control executive order directs Pentagon to make firearms safer, not more lethal - Washington Times

{I}n President Obama’s first foray into small-arms procurement for the armed forces, his Jan. 4 executive order on gun control directs the Pentagon to find ways to make not so much more lethal firearms, but safer ones.

Noting that Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy all expressed personal interest in the Army's issue rifles, Retired Major General Robert Scales told the Washington Times that

“Presidential involvement in small arms has been strategic and game-changing in our history,” said Mr. Scales, a former commandant of the U.S. Army War College. “Obama comes along and tells the Army that, in this administration, money is going into small arms to build — not a deadly weapon, not an effective weapon, not a dominant weapon, not a lifesaving weapon, not a technological cutting-edge weapon — but a weapon that prevents accidental discharge. Give me a break.”

Mr. Obama, who has made reducing gun violence and increasing gun control a top priority, signed a Jan. 4 order that directs the Defense Department, as well as the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, to “Increase research and development efforts.”

A White House fact sheet states: “The Presidential Memorandum directs the departments to conduct or sponsor research into gun safety technology that would reduce the frequency of accidental discharge or unauthorized use of firearms, and improve the tracing of lost or stolen guns. Within 90 days, these agencies must prepare a report outlining a research-and-development strategy designed to expedite the real-world deployment of such technology for use in practice.”
 Because "smart gun" technology is obviously of primary interest to the war fighters. 

Actually, a smart gun would be great for a solider -- as long as it was used to automatically calculate range, hold-over, cross-winds, maybe selection of proper ammunition...

Oregon CPLs and other events at the Fun Show

At the April 23rd and 24th Washington Arms Collectors gun shows the Columbia County, Oregon, Sheriff's office will be processing applications  Oregon Concealed Pistol Licenses. Demand for these is always high, so come early and be prepared to stand in line. Last time, I believe they had a separate line for renewals; check your date, OR CPLs are good for four years.Don't neglect it and have to go through the process all over again, ask me how I know...

Columbia County Sheriff's Office CHL and Fingerprinting page. The Application requires the application for, AND two letters of recommendation. Forms available at this site, or by contacting the WAC offices at 425-255-8410 and they will mail you the forms.

As a Washington applicant, you must have a WA CPL, and write a letter to the Sheriff explaining why you want a permit in his county, i.e., "frequent visits to family in area."

Also, on Saturday March 19th the WAC is hosting, wait for it, it's First Annual Women's Concealed Carry Fashion Show. From the ad in the WAC's February newsletter, GunNews:
Please join us on March 19th, 2016 s the WAC and The 22 Connection hosts the First Annual Women's Concealed Carry Holster Fashion Show. The show will feature ladies of all shapes, sizes and ages wearing clothing, holsters and concealed carry accessories from a variety of sponsors. The models will demonstrate the draw and re-holstering using training guns for each particular type of carry. The overarching goal of this runway presentation is to empower women to make an informed decision before they purchase the ultimate fashion accessory.
If they can convince just one woman to give up purse carry...

Also, the Cascade Mountain Men will be having their annual muzzleloader gun show on March 12th and 13th, at the fairgrounds in Monroe, WA. unusually, this will NOT be at the same time that WAC is having one of their shows up there. Too bad, the two-fer was always kinda cool.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Local Training Opportunity

Andrew Branca, author of The Law of Self Defense, will be conducting his seminar on the subject, with an emphasis on Washington and Oregon, in
If you're a legal eagle you can get continuing education credit.

Yes, I promised Mrs. Drang we'd go out to dinner afterwards.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

That's the ticket!

Yesterday Mrs. Drang had to take Sparrowbane to the vet. He was obviously limping and in pain in his left hind leg. We were afraid he'd gotten wounded in a fight or something.

Back at home now; no sign of a wound, but his left hind leg seems to had a muscle strain.

Obviously, he needs to stretch more often...

EDIT: Realized that, in my haste to get out the door to work, I included the picture but not the source.
Which is, of course, I Can Haz cheeseburger.

Friday, January 29, 2016

GOAL Post 2016-4

Relatively early post today, I can get it posted while I do my morning coffee and try to get up the energy to go to work.

More bills. Jeeze, don't they ever repeal anything? 

Joe being something of a road warrior these days, in addition to the usual minor editing for style and typography to fit the blog, I had to make a couple of corrections for actual typos, in case anyone gets the email version as well, and notices differences. 

As usual, instructions for signing up for the email version are at the end of the newsletter, and I encourage anyone interested in WA's political status to sign up.

FROM: Joe Waldron, GOAL WA
TO: undisclosed-recipients:
SENT: Thu 1/28/2016 5:49 PM
SUBJECT: GOAL Post 2016-4

Legislative Update from Olympia 29 January 2016
·         MISSED HB 2410

(Same deal as last week.  I’m on the road to Jacksonville, FL, for the annual meeting of the Florida Sport Shooting Association.  The information cut-off is once again Thursday night vice Friday.)

Last week while I was at SHOT in Las Vegas I missed one gun bill, HB 2410, by Rep. Hayes (R-10).  HB 2410 amends the existing “felon firearm registry” to mandate inclusion of a convicted felon’s name (or someone found not guilty by reason of insanity) in that list.  Under current law, inclusion is a judgment call, based on the circumstances involved, of the court.  Rep. Hayes has informed me that he has an amendment to his bill to narrow the mandate to those convicted of violent felonies, not I-594-style technical violators.  GOAL position on the bill is SUPPORT WHEN AMENDED.

HB 2867, by Rep. Scott (R-39), would allow CPL holders to carry concealed firearms on college campuses.  HB 2893, by Rep. Kuderer (D-48) is another bill trying to use mental health to ban guns.  HB 2907, by Rep. Moscoso (D-1) narrows the existing use of force by peace officer (and those assisting peace officers) law.  HB 2913, by Rep. Gregerson (D-33) would allow suspension of various state-issued licenses for failure to pay court-ordered child support.  (Recall your history lessons about debtor’s prisons back in the 1600s-1700s – can’t pay the bill, go to jail.  Suspending a professional license will sure help child support payments.)  SB 6603, by Sen. Fain (R-47) is a companion bill to HB 2793, addressing suicide awareness and prevention.  SB 6621, Sen. Fraser (D-22) creates a task force to study policing and use of deadly force.

Public hearings were held this week on several bills:  SBs 6158, 6165 and 1267 and HBs 2410, 2793, and 2603.  Next step is for the committee chair to schedule a vote in committee in executive session.  If the bill is voted out of committee, it moves to the Rules committee awaiting a floor vote, or to a fiscal committee if it has major fiscal impact.  The decision to move a bill out of committee rests with the committee chair.  He or she may call for a vote, or they may sit on it.  

Two public hearings are scheduled next week on gun bills.  HB 2913, by Rep. Gregerson (D-33) will be heard in House Judiciary at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, 3 February.  HB 2907, by Rep. Moscoso (D-1) will be heard in House Public Safety at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 3 February as well

Next Friday, 5 February, is the cut-off for bills to pass out of their first policy committee (most gun bills out of House Judiciary or Senate Law & Justice).  Theoretically, bills that do not move on through the process are considered dead for the session (subject to extraordinary action, rarely).  That means most of the bills on the “active” list will drop out and we can narrow our focus, as well as support for or opposition to a narrower number of bills.