Saturday, May 14, 2011


From:    Joe Waldron []
Sent:    Friday, May 13, 2011 4:02 PM
Subject:    GOAL Post 2011 Summary


Legislative Update from Olympia 13 May 2011







The 2011 regular legislative session ended on Friday, 22 April. Governor Gregoire called a 30-day special session, to begin on 26 April, to give legislators additional time to come up with a biennial (two-year) state budget. We're more than half way through the special session -- no budget yet!
The Tacoma News Tribune is speculating that a second special session may be necessary.

Governor Gregoire has signed into law all three gun-related bills that passed the legislature during the regular session. HB 1016 allows use of firearm suppressors (silencers) if they are lawfully possessed under federal law. HB 1455 mandates petitions for restoration of firearm rights due to a disqualifying conviction or commitment be filed either in the county of residence of the petitioner or in the county where the conviction/commitment occurred. SHB 1923 requires denial of a concealed pistol license in the applicant cannot pass a federal NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) check.

All three bills take effect on 22 July 2011.

The language used in SHB 1923 was supposed to give us a "NICS alternative" CPL, meaning a person with a valid, current CPL issued after 7/22/2100 would not be required to undergo a NICS check when purchasing a firearm from a licensed dealer. BATFE has yet to make the formal determination that the new law meets the federal standard, although we were told informally during
session that it did.

Keep in mind that, just as the legislature stands for a two-year term (2011-2012 biennium), all bills filed during any session remain available for action by the legislature. Bills that "died" during the session because they failed to pass one of the cut-off dates may be "resurrected" in future sessions. In addition, new bills may be introduced. All of the gun-related bills filed during the 2011 regular session are listed below, with their
current status.

I will continue to publish GOAL Alerts if something pops up.


The following are ALL of the gun-related bills filed during the 2011 regular session. "Dead" bills may be revived in future sessions.

Bill # Subject Sponsor Status
HB 1006 Knife blade length Appleton (D-23) Dead
HB 1016 Suppressor use Blake (D-19) Gov. signed
HB 1066 Black powder storage and transport Bailey (R-10) Dead
HB 1238 CPL age requirement lowered Orcutt (R-18) Dead
HB 1400 Firearms on snowmobiles Ross (R-14) Dead
HB 1455 Restoration of rights McCune (R-2) Gov. signed
HB 1508 Range protection Takko (D-19) Dead
HB 1628 CPL background checks Kirby (D-29) Dead
HB 1638 Harmonize state/federal law for CPLs Goodman (D-45) Dead
HB 1729 State agency gun security devices Hurst (D-31) Dead
SHB 1923 CPL qualification Goodman (D-45) Gov. signed
HB 1990 WA Firearms Freedom Act Shea (R-4) Dead
HB 2067 Repeal of self defense restitution Hunter (D-48) Dead
SB 5112 Suppressor use Hatfield (D-19) Dead
SB 5313 Juvenile weapon possession Kline (D-37) Dead
SB 5418 No duty to retreat Becker (R-2) Dead
SB 5592 College weapon prohibition Shin (D-21) Dead
SSB 5634 CPL background checks Hargrove (D-24) Dead
SB 5697 State agency gun security devices Hargrove (D-24) Dead

Key to abbreviations: HB = House Bill, SHB = Substitute House Bill, SB = Senate Bill, SSB = Substitute Senate Bill


Not applicable

No public hearings remain for gun-related bills.

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

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Upcoming WAC gun show(s):
Puyallup 14-15 May
Monroe 11-12 June

"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 2011 Gun Owners Action League of WA

GOAL Post 2011-Addendum

Legislative Update from Olympia                                               13 May 2011




Regarding the NICS-alternative status for Washington CPLs, the correct date should read "CPL issued after 7/22/2011."  I suspect not to many of us would be around to have a CPL issued after 7/22/2100!  Thanks to a sharp GOAL Post reader for catching that one.

A week before the regular session ended, Rep. Brian Blake (D-19), one of the strongest proponent of our right to keep and bear arms in Olympia, introduced HB 2099.  The bill would open the door once again to lawful possession of short-barreled rifles and short-barreled shotguns.  The bill was filed too late for consideration in this year's session, but will be at the top of the stack for 2012.  Another sharp-eyed reader caught that one!

Up until 1994, there was no restriction on the possession of short-barreled rifles and shotguns in Washington, provided they were possessed in compliance with federal law (just as suppressors are lawfully possessed).  Back when Rep. Marlin Appelwick (D-Seattle), and Senators Phil Talmadge (D-Seattle) and Adam Smith (D-Federal Way) were drafting the so-called "Youth Violence Act" (E2SHB 2319), they added a provision banning the possession of these heavily (federally) regulated firearms.  There was no good reason for than ban in 1994, nor is there one today.  Hopefully the bill will move forward next regular session.

As I noted at the end of the narrative in the Summary message just released, I will continue to publish GOAL Alerts as necessary between legislative sessions.  I will also be updating/maintaining the GOAL e-mail list.  If you have corrections/changed e-mail addresses to add, or want to pass this on to friends, please do so.  It's a year-round effort.

Upcoming WAC gun show(s):

              Puyallup             14-15 May
              Monroe               11-12 June

"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 2011 Gun Owners Action League of WA

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