Monday, February 27, 2012

GOAL Post 2012-8

Work, the curse of the blogging class.   This has been sitting in my inbox for a few days.FROM: GOAL [[]]
Legislative Update from Olympia                          24 February 2012





Today was the last day for bills to pass out of their second chamber policy committee (House bills out of the Senate policy committee, Senate bills out of the House policy committee).  That's the Judiciary Committees for most gun bills, plus the Transportation committee for the NRA license plate bill.

All four remaining gun-related bills died in committee today.  Theoretically, barring extraordinary action, the bills are dead for the session.  Keep in mind, however, that legislative cut-off dates are internal procedural controls adopted by the legislature at the beginning of each session.  If leadership really wants to push a bill or an issue, they'll find a way.

Three shooting incidents have made the news in recent days.  One involved an alcohol-related negligent shooting at a party in Redmond, the second a school shooting in Bremerton and the third the murder of a Washington state trooper in Kitsap County.  "The usual suspects" are calling for some unnamed gun control laws to "fix" these problems, never mind the fact that there are laws on the books that already cover all three situations.  Unfortunately, facts, logic and common sense all fail when emotion rules -- and most gun control laws are passed on an emotional high.  Somehow it never bothers gun control advocates to "dance in the blood of victims" to exploit a tragedy and push their extremist agenda.

A couple of newspapers have already called for enactment of a "child access prevention" (CAP) law, AKA a "lock up your protection" law, in response to the Bremerton school shooting.  The last time this stood a chance of success in Olympia was in 1997, after the tragic shooting death of a young Marysville girl.  Not only did the bill fail, but gun control advocates ran an initiative as a follow on, I-676, which failed -- by a 71-29% margin.  But they keep trying.  Senate Judiciary Committee chair Adam Kline said he would consider a bill to address this "lapse in the law" in next year's legislative session. 

Based on limited information available from news media sources, it appears the 9-year old who took the pistol to school got it from his mother's home, and mom may face criminal charges.  Huh?  If she can be charged, where is the "lapse in the law?"  The existing reckless endangerment statute, RCW 9A.36.050, more than adequately covers this kind of incident.  We don't need a new law, we need to enforce existing law.  (Again according to the news, mom has an extensive criminal record and was possibly committing a felony simply by possessing a handgun to begin with.)

13 days remain in the 2012 regular legislative session.  By law, the legislature must adjourn by midnight on Thursday, 8 March.  With no gun-related bills on the move any longer, we'll go into the monitoring mode.  But given the recent incidents, it will be active monitoring!

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The following are the only bills that were still under consideration during the 2012 regular session.
Bill #
ESHB 1508
Range protection
Takko (D-19)
Died S. Jud.
HB 2471
Firearm purchase/NICS waiver
Goodman (D-45)
Died S. Jud.
SSB 5697
State agency gun security devices
Hargrove (D-24)
Died H. Jud.
SSB 6123
NRA license plate
Hatfield (D-19)
Died H. Trans.
Key to abbreviations:  ESHB = Engrossed Substitute House Bill, SSB = Substitute Senate Bill, Jud. = Judiciary, Trans = Transportation,

GOAL POSITION ON BILLS  No longer applicable


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