Saturday, March 19, 2011

GOAL Post 2011-11 -- More on the WSP's AR15 Fishin' Expedition

From: "Joe Waldron"
To: undisclosed-recipients
GOAL Post 2011-11

Legislative Update from Olympia 18 March 2011





The Senate Rules Committee moved HB 1016 to the Second Reading Calendar. This means it is one step away from a vote by the full Senate.

A public hearing was conducted today on SHB 1923 (CPL qualification). The bill now awaits a vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which must come before next Friday's (25 March) policy committee cut-off.

HB 1455 (restoration of firearm rights) was passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee and sent to Senate Rules where it awaits a pull to the floor. The Judiciary Committee made a minor revision to the bill, mandating the clerk of the superior court(s) to maintain records of how many such petitions for restoration are filed and approved.

Earlier this week most, if not all, firearms dealers in Washington received a letter from the Washington State Patrol asking for data on ALL AR-15s (and clones) and AR-15 lower receivers sold or purchased by the dealers over the past nine months. The information sought was reportedly requested pursuant to an investigation of a stolen AR-15.

Apparently the ATF (who has jurisdiction over tracing stolen firearms) was not consulted by the WSP before they initiated their query. It would appear the WSP request FAR EXCEEDED their authority to seek such information. It typically would take a subpoena to gain access to such a broad sweep of transaction records. And that would have to be signed by a judge, after presentation of sufficient probable cause.

It is my understanding most dealers politely declined to comply, as was their right. The Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation jumped right into this issue. Meanwhile, in addition to ATF asking questions (of the WSP), several state legislators want to know what's going on.

BATFE has broad legal authority to examine firearm dealers' records. Local law enforcement has much more limited authority in cases like this. I suspect this was simple overreach by an over-zealous and perhaps inexperienced WSP detective. At least I hope that's what it was. Eternal vigilance remains the price of liberty!


The following bills are still under consideration for the 2011-12 biennium:

Bill # Subject Sponsor Status
HB 1016 Suppressor use Blake (D-19) S. Rules
HB 1455 Restoration of rights McCune (R-2) S. Rules
SHB 1923 CPL qualification Goodman (D-45) S. Jud.

Key to abbreviations: S. = Senate, H. = House, Jud = Judiciary,




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