Saturday, April 25, 2015

GOAL Post 2015-16



FROM: GOAL <goalwa@cox.net>
TO: undisclosed-recipients:
SENT: Fri 4/24/2015 7:10 PM
SUBJECT: GOAL Post 2015-16

Legislative Update from Olympia 24 April 2015

  • GOOD NEWS:  LEGISLATURE ADJOURNS TWO DAYS EARLY
  • THEY'LL BE BACK!
  • GOVERNOR CALLS SPECIAL SESSION
  • ESHB 1713 IN TROUBLE
  • GOAL POST WILL CONTINUE

Having failed to agree on a biennial budget, the legislature adjourned from its 2015 regular session this evening, two days ahead of the constitutionally-mandated limit of 105 days.  But they'll be back!

Governor Inslee has called for up-to-a 30-day special session, to begin Wednesday, 29 April.  The principal focus of the special session will be the budget, but once convened, they may pick up any legislation they choose to work on, either from the previous session or new issues.

Senate and House budget conferees continue to meet during the four-day interim, so the special session MAY consist of a quorum call on Wednesday, a fast vote in both chambers on an agreed-upon budget, and a quick close that same day.  But that's not the way to bet.  It's all about revenue: the Republican-controlled Senate passed a budget that is limited to existing revenues; the Democrat-controlled House wants tax increases.  Recall candidate Inslee said, "No new taxes."  That was BEFORE he got elected.

On Tuesday, the House voted to reject the Senate amendments to Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1713 (oh, just call it HB 1713).  At this point, the bill goes to a conference committee to iron out disagreement, followed by a concurrence vote in both chambers, but it doesn't appear that happened before adjournment tonight.  Technically the bill is dead for this session, but it could be revisited during the special session... or next year.  Although the offensive gun language was stripped out, it would be better if the bill just went away.

I normally shut GOAL Post down after the end of the session.  Obviously, with the special session continuing in a few days, GP will continue to be published.  I'll also be publishing alerts throughout the remainder of the year, if/as the situation warrants.  One subject that is sure to be covered is the special election to be held November 3rd to fill the seat in the 30th Legislative District (Federal Way and surrounding area).  A win in that district, currently held by a Democrat, would put the Republicans within one seat of control of the state House of Representatives.  

BILL STATUS:
Bill #
Subject
Prime sponsor
Status
GOAL Position
*ESHB 1713
Mental health/guns
Cody (D-34)
House rejected Senate amendments
NEUTRAL
SSB 5381
Return of firearms held by law enforcement
Billig (D-3)
To Gov.
NEUTRAL
SB 5658
Reporting of mental health commitment
Dansel (R-7)
Died in H. Rules
NEUTRAL
* indicates change in status this week
ESHB = Engrossed Substitute House Bill, SHB/SSB = Substitute Bill (bill amended in committee), HB = House Bill, SB = Senate Bill, H. Aprop = House Appropriations, H. Jud. = House Judiciary, S. L&J = Senate Law & Justice, S. W&M = Senate Ways & Means

HEARING(S) SCHEDULED: At this point, there is no published agenda for next week.

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".  Bills are available in Acrobat (.pdf) format.  You may download a free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader from Adobe's web site (http://www.adobe.com).  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.

GET THE WORD OUT:  If you want to subscribe to the GOAL Post by e-mail, send a message to "jwaldron@halcyon.com".  Please pass GOAL Post on to anyone you believe may have an interest in protecting our rights.  Better yet, make a couple of copies of this message, post it on your gun club’s bulletin board, and leave copies with your local gun shop(s).  PERMISSION IS HEREBY GRANTED TO DUPLICATE OR REDISTRIBUTE GOAL POST PROVIDED IT IS REPRODUCED IN ITS ENTIRETY WITHOUT TEXTUAL MODIFICATION AND CREDIT IS GIVEN TO GOAL.  I can be reached at "jwaldron@halcyon.com" or by telephone at (425) 985-4867.  Unfortunately, I am unable to (snail) mail hard copy GOAL Post to individuals.  Limited numbers of hard copies MAY be available at the Second Amendment Foundation book table at WAC gun shows.

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Upcoming WAC gun show(s):
             Puyallup            25-26 April
             Monroe                2-3 May

"The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men."
                Article 1, Section 24
       Constitution of the State of Washington

Copyright 2015 Gun Owners Action League of WA  

Friday, April 24, 2015

Earworm, 4/24. ANZAC Day



Anzac Day. Note especially the paragraph about Turkey.

Gallipoli Campaign


Souvenirs!

So, NRAAM 2015 ended a week and a half ago, and we've been home a week. I still need to write up Kelly Grayson's "Trauma Care for Shooters" class, and the two seminars we attended, but upon my return I pushed to get all of my minions' performance reviews done on time -- and I think I was the first to actually have them all done -- but now I am struggling with the common side effects of too much time on a pressurized petri dish with a hundred or more total strangers.

So actual, you know, writing will have to wait.

In the meantime, a few pics I hadn't previously posted:

In time, I realized that there's not really much differance between a kid in a candy shop, and a Bearcat in a Knife Shop*:
 So, I mentioned on Facebook that Brownell's had the best tote bags of all the vendors I saw. Theirs had a pocket on each end the right size for a water bottle, with a smaller clear plastic slot above it you could use for business cards or whatnot.

I went and grabbed one, and saw that TOPS Knives had 5 or 6 tables across from Brownell's, a very simple setup with tables full of blades for sale and sales guys ready to take your money...

Souvenirs, Hers, Mine, Ours:
 Hers: TOPS Devil's Claw.
 Mine: TOPS Lite Trekker. The tan and orange scales are an option. The fire stick is standard on this model.
ours: TOPS ATAX .
If you buy it online it comes with an instructional video, which I think might be a good idea.



*There is, however, no truth to the rumor that I only married her for her knife collection.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Odds and Ends from #NRAAM 2015

Some more pics. Spent the rest of last week visiting my folks, and didn't get these up.

Colt Lightweight Commander Rail Gun I believe this was in 9mm, but not sure.
 Colt 1903 and 1908 pocket pistols. I understand that there is going to be a limited production run.
 Ruger SP101 in .327 Federal. For a .32 caliber the projectile moves out pretty smart. Ruger rep said that they couldn't make it work with less than a 3" barrel. Didn't answer my question about "So when is the 3" barrel version coming out?"
 Ruger LCR in 9mm, showing the cuts in the cylinder for the moon clips. Also asked about an LCR in .327 Federal, same answer "Would need at least a 3" barrel." Same non-answer to "And...?"
Magnum Research BFR in .45-70....

 ...and in .30-30 and .500 S&W. Took these for a co-worker who was talking about getting a S&W .500, because he thought it would be the most outrageous handgun.
We looked at the Ergo Delta Grip for j-frames. They claim that it forces one to lock one's wrist in the most effective position for shooting a j-frame and similar sized revolver. Hard to say without actually shooting one, but it seems to be so.
Whether it's the best solution for carrying such a handgun concealed, would probably be a personal decision.
Mrs.Drang auditioning for her new career as "Handgun Hand Model." Yes, she's using a teacup grip, she knows better, but she did it to allow a better view of the pistola.
I confess, I've had a hankering for one of these S&W Performance Center Model 629s.  That snub barrel will hardly get the most effective performance out of any .44 Magnum or even .44 Special round, but it would be a far better solution for carrying on most environments. (My opinion.)
All stainless, so the weight would make it easier to shoot than the lightweight versions that use a lot of alloys.
Granted, it's fat enough to make it harder to conceal.
NRA Commemorative Ar 15. Of course.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

GOAL Post 2015-15



FROM: GOAL
TO: undisclosed-recipients:
SENT: Fri 4/17/2015 5:33 PM
SUBJECT: GOAL Post 2015-15

Legislative Update from Olympia 17 April 2015

  • SECOND CHAMBER CUT-OFF
  • BILLS MOVE, DIE
  • 9 DAYS LEFT IN SESSION
  • BUDGET IMPASSE
  • SPECIAL SESSION LIKELY
  • SPECIAL ELECTION UPCOMING

The second chamber cut-off passed on Wednesday, and with it, one more bill died: SB 5658.  HB 1713 was amended in the Senate, so it has to either receive a concurrence vote in the House or go to a conference committee to hammer out language both sides can agree on.  SB 5381 just went through that process, with the Senate concurring in the House amendment.  In all three cases, there is nothing in any of the bills to concern gun owners.  

We have nine days left in the regular session.  Per the state constitution, the legislature MUST adjourn by midnight, Sunday, 26 April.  The fat lady has been spotted on the Capitol Campus, I think in the cafeteria, practicing a few arias.

The primary purpose of the odd-year regular session is passage of a biennial budget.  Hence the 105 day length vice the 60 allowed for the short session.  There is significant disagreement between the Republican Senate and the Democrat House over several budget issues, especially as they regard major tax increases.  Miracles do happen, but the chance of agreement being reached in the next nine days is somewhere between slim and none.  

So it looks like we're headed for a special session.  If negotiations appear close, they may start a special session right away.  If not, they'll likely go home for a few weeks to cool off, relax, have back-room discussions, and then come back to hammer out an agreement.

Speaking of special events, there is a special election coming up in November.  Rep. Roger Freeman (D-30) passed away just a couple of days before the regular election last November.  In fact, his name was on the ballot and on paper at least he was reelected.  He was replaced by an appointed member, Rep. Carol Gregory (D).  Gregory must run for confirmation in November.  Teri Hickel (R) has filed to run against Gregory.  Teri is the interim CEO Of the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce, so she has a good grasp of issues in the 30th District, and should pose a solid challenge to Gregory.  More on this race as the year progresses.  Teri's web site is currently being rebuilt, but you can see her Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Teri-Hickel/362492700619693  

BILL STATUS:

GOAL Post 2015-14



 Posted late because, while Joe went home after the NRA Annual Meeting, we headed east and spent most of the week with my parents.
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FROM: GOAL
TO: undisclosed-recipients:
SENT: Mon 4/13/2015 3:28 PM
Subject: GOAL Post 2015-14

Legislative Update from Olympia 10 April 2015

  • NRA ANNUAL MEETING AND CONVENTION IN NASHVILLE
  • 7 APR  FISCAL COMMITTEE CUT-OFF
  • BILLS MOVE
  • 15 APR CHAMBER CUT-OFF
  • BUDGET ISSUE:  DOL FUNDING

 This issue of the GOAL Post is late because I was in Nashville along with 78.864 other NRA members attending the NRA annual meeting and convention (I helped staff the Second Amendment Foundation booth.)  Also in attendance were 13 Republican presidential hopefuls, each of whom was given ten minutes to explain to NRA members why they would be the best choice for gun owners next year.  The only absent face was Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, whose absence was explained by conflicting reasons.  No matter the reason, libertarian-leaning Senator Paul is probably closer to the top of the list than the bottom when it comes to Second Amendment support.

Tuesday, 7 April was the second chamber fiscal committee cut-off.  The only bill affected was ESHB 1713.  

ESHB 1713 passed out of the Senate Ways & Means Committee and now awaits a vote of the full Senate.  SSB 5381 was amended on the House floor and passed the House on a 97-0 vote (one member excused).  That bill now awaits Senate concurrence in the House changes.  SSB 5658 still awaits a floor vote in the House.

(When a bill is amended in the opposite house (Senate bill in the House, House bill in the Senate), if/after passing the second chamber it must go back to the original chamber for a concurrence vote (agreeing with the other side's change).  If the original chamber does NOT concur, it has to go to a conference committee, made up of members from BOTH chambers to iron out the details, then to a concurrence vote by both chambers.  Nobody said it was easy!)

The next cut-off is Wednesday, 15 April, when all bills must pass their second chamber.  At this point it only affects ESHB 1713 and SSB 5658.

A new issue has popped up:  a budget line item giving the Department of Licensing $184,000 for the biennium to fund additional personnel to handle the increased workload generated by I-594.  We're trying to get it deleted, as it was not a part of the actual initiative language.

BILL STATUS:

Monday, April 13, 2015

Odds and Ends from #NRAAM2015

There was some confusion over seating, we had been assigned exit row seats but were leaning on canes that morning. But it got straightened out, ans I snagged a window seat...



Mrs. Drang was so taken by Fiji Airways' livery so I had to snap a pic or three.



"If you don't talk to your kids about mullets, who will?"



Sunday, April 12, 2015

Gettin' Siggy With It

OD Green and Full Dark Earth as well as Black, and 9mm, .357 Sig, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP




I was told that this is soon to be a factory option.



Guns and Things @NRAAM

Bortchardt! For sale @Rock Island Auctions

Luger Model of 1902, US Army proposal. Also @Rock Island Auctions.

That yellow-ish stripe along the front of the grip is a window to count rounds.

BARs, modern, two modernized, one repro.

BAR in presentation case.

Sumdood with a Barrett 82...
General Patton's presentation M1 Garand.
If I tell everyone the Barrrett 82 is the greatest sniper implement ever, do you think they'll give me one...?
Battle Arms Development. Hopefully more precise than the usual Imperial Stormtrooper...


Assorted Firearms WTF at the NRA AM

Taurus Curve because chcks dig Hot Pink guns!

New version of the Taurus Model 85, with a removable hammer spur...

New version of the Taurus Model 85, with a removable hammer spur...
Not sure why that's a needed thing...


And, to cap off Taurus' new selections, who hasn't thought that the grip on their snubby wasn't just too darned big?
Leopard Deagle, Zebra Deagle... No gold-plated Deagle, that I saw...
'Cuz pink camo makes the Hi Point better!