From: Joe Waldron [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, March 25, 2011 7:27 PM
Subject: GOAL Post 2011-12
GOAL Post 2011-12
Legislative Update from Olympia 25 March 2011
SHB 1923 PASSES OUT OF SENATE JUDICIARY
CHAMBER CUT-OFF PASSES
TITLE-ONLY BILLS FILED
WSP BACK-PEDALS ON AR-15 RECORDS
100th BIRTHDAY OF THE .45 AUTOMATIC
On 22 March the Senate Judiciary Committee passed out SHB 1923 (Goodman D-45) on a 7-0 vote. The bill now goes to Senate Rules awaiting a pull to the floor. The bill prohibits anyone who fails to pass a NICS check from receiving a CPL, in effect harmonizing state and federal law (only with regard to CPL issue).
The second policy committee cut-off passed a few hours ago. Bills that have not passed out of the policy committee (Judiciary in the case of most gun bills) are dead for the session. At this time, all three gun-related bills listed below are still in play for the session.
Twenty-two "title only" bills were filed in the Senate by Senator Ed Murray (D-43), chairman of the Senate Ways & Means Committee. This is a typical maneuver to "reserve" bill numbers, usually for fiscal bills. But two of the bills, SBs 5891 and 5892, carry the title "relating to criminal justice." While these are probably intended to be fleshed out as budget bills relating to criminal justice spending (or spending cuts), a broad title like that opens the door to games being played and things slipped into the bill(s).
The Washington State Patrol is back-pedaling swiftly after firearms dealers, the gun owning public -- and nearly three dozen state legislators, led by Rep. Matt Shea (R-4) -- raised the alarm over the WSP letter to firearms dealers seeking broad information about the sale or acquisition of AR-15s (and clones) and AR-15 lower receivers a week ago. It seems there may be ONE RIFLE missing, possibly from the State Patrol inventory. Rather than work with the BATFE, who has jurisdiction over federal firearm licensees, they decided to keep it in-house -- except for their clumsy outreach to more than 1,000 licensed
Washington firearm dealers! The Patrol still seeks cooperation and information from dealers (legitimately so, in my opinion), but acknowledges it has no authority to ask for the records.
As I opined last week, it's more a case of overzealousness on the part of the WSP's investigative division and a lack of understanding of federal laws regulating firearm dealers and insensitivity to the privacy concerns of gun owners. No nefarious schemes to create an AR-15 registry in the Evergreen State -- for now.
Tuesday, 29 March 2011, marks the 100th birthday of the Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911. It was on that day in 1911 that the U.S. Army adopted the now-famous .45 automatic. Designed by inventive genius John Moses Browning under contract to Colt, the 1911 served as out standard service pistol until 1985, when it was replaced by the Beretta M9 in 9mm. Several specialized military units still use the 1911, as well as police departments and private citizens all across the country-- and all over the world. In addition to dozens of manufacturers in the U.S. (Model 1911s and clones), it was produced under license in Norway and Argentina, and was even pressed into service by Nazi Germany as the Pistole 657(n).
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. Rules
Key to abbreviations: S. = Senate, H. = House, Jud = Judiciary
GOAL POSITION ON BILLS
HB 1016 SUPPORT
HB 1455 SUPPORT
SHB 1923 SUPPORT
No public hearings remain for gun-related bills.
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