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Subject: GOAL Post 2011-4
GOAL Post 2011-4
Legislative Update from Olympia 28 January 2011
SEVERAL GUN-RELATED BILLS FILED
PUBLIC HEARING HELD ON SB 5112
PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED ON SB 5313
Several new gun-related bills have been filed this week. HB 1628, by Rep. Steve Kirby (D-29), amends the background check process for CPLs. It deletes the Department of Social and Health Services and adds the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to the data bases to be queried.
HB 1638, by Rep. Roger Goodman (D-45), adds federal firearm disqualifiers to the CPL eligibility requirements. At this time, federal restrictions on firearm possession are more stringent than state law (e.g. individuals with dishonorable discharges or who have renounced their U.S. citizenship, etc). This would harmonize state and federal law and eliminate the possibility that an individual could be issued a CPL under state law only, while still being a prohibited person under federal law. Properly amended, this would also make Washington a NICS-alternative state, meaning no NICS check is required of anyone holding a valid, current CPL.
SB 5418, by Sen. Randi Becker (R-2) would extend "no duty to retreat" beyond the home to a motor vehicle. "Black letter law" (previous state Supreme Court decisions) already accomplishes this and more. But the bill also provides for civil immunity for an act of legitimate self defense, something current law does not cover.
A public hearing was held by Senate Judiciary on SB 5112 (suppressor use) Wednesday, 26 January. As with the hearing in House Judiciary, no one testified against the bill. If passed by both the House and Senate in unaltered form, it may be the first gun bill to go to Governor Gregoire this year.
A public hearing on SB 5313 (juvi weapon possession) is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, 1 February in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Hearing Room 1. The bill deals primarily with sentencing guidelines for juvenile weapons offenses.
The following bills have been filed so far for the 2011-12 biennium:
Bill # Subject Sponsor Status
HB 1006 Knife blade length Appleton (D-23) H. Jud
HB 1016 Suppressor use Blake (D-19) H. Rules
HB 1066 Black powder storage and transport Bailey (R-10) H. Jud.
HB 1238 CPL age requirement lowered Orcutt (R-18) H. Jud.
HB 1400 Firearms on snowmobiles Ross (R-14) H. Jud.
HB 1455 Restoration of rights McCune (R-2) H. Jud.
HB 1508 Range protection Takko (D-19) H. Jud.
HB 1628 CPL background checks Kirby (D-29) H. Jud.
HB 1638 Harmonize state/federal law for CPLs Goodman (D-45) H. Jud.
SB 5112 Suppressor use Hatfield (D-19) S. Jud.
SB 5313 Juvenile weapon possession Kline (D-37) S. Jud.
SB 5418 No duty to retreat Becker (R-2) S. Jud.
Key to abbreviations: S. = Senate, H. = House, Jud = Judiciary, Fish/Ecol = Fisheries, Ecology & Parks, JuvJust = Juvenile Justice, Educ = Education, LocGov = Local Government, NatRes = Natural Resources, Ecology & Parks, PubSaf = Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness, W&M = Ways and Means
GOAL POSITION ON BILLS
HB 1006 OPPOSE
HB 1016 SUPPORT
HB 1066 SUPPORT
HB 1238 SUPPORT
HB 1400 SUPPORT
HB 1455 NEUTRAL
HB 1508 SUPPORT
HB 1628 SUPPORT
HB 1638 OPPOSE UNLESS AMENDED
SB 5112 SUPPORT
SB 5313 NEUTRAL
SB 5418 SUPPORT
1 February SB 5313 Senate Judiciary Committee 10:00 a.m. Senate Hearing Room "1" John A. Cherberg Bldg (JAC)
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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).
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