GOAL Post 2006-2
Legislative Update from Olympia 13 January 2006
SEVERAL NEW GUN BILLS FILED
PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED FOR SB 6258
Reminder: Bills introduced in last year’s session are still technically
in play, and may be acted on. I have them listed below as “Hold” in
their respective policy committee. In addition, new bills are sure to be
filed. A good example of this is SB 5343, the alleged “gun show
loophole” bill, which will likely be brought forward. For that reason I
will continue to include last year’s bills in the GOAL Post for the next
The Session Cut-off Calendar was adopted. The first critical date is
Friday, 3 February. Bills that have not passed their original policy
committee are considered dead for the session (recall that “dead”
doesn’t always mean “dead” in the legislature). Tuesday, 14 February is
the final day to consider bills in their house of origin (Senate or
House). Bills that have not passed out of their house of origin at that
point are considered dead for the session (same caveat about “dead”
applies). Friday, 24 February is the policy committee cut-off day for
the second chamber (House Bills in the Senate, Senate Bills in the
House), and Friday, 3 March is the final day to consider all bills –
except those in a conference committee or any other extraordinary
consideration the legislature wants to extend. The bottom line? While
these cut-off dates are important, they’re not locked in concrete!
Several gun-related bills have been filed in the first week of the
session. Senator Jerome Delvin (R-8^th ) has filed SB 6258, a bill that
would increase the penalty for illegally possessing a firearm on K-12
school grounds (or at other school-controlled facilities or activities)
from a gross misdemeanor to a felony. It also adds ammunition and any
component of a firearm (to include an empty magazine or any other gun
part) to the list of prohibited items, along with stun guns and just
about anything that could be used to injure someone, plus medical
paraphernalia, with gross misdemeanor penalty. While targeted at the
problems faced by inner city schools, this could have a serious impact
on rural students who fail to properly sanitize their cars or trucks
after a day of hunting. For that reason, this bill should be opposed
until or unless amended to remove the ammunition and parts provisions.
Senator Mark Schoesler (R-9^th ) has introduced SB 6426, a bill intended
to amend our CPL reciprocity law and open the door to additional states.
A similar bill with minor differences, HB 2622, has been filed in the
House by Representative Brian Blake (D-19^th ).
Rep. John Lovick (D-44^th ) has filed HB 2824, creating a Class B felony
for anyone threatening to use a firearm on school grounds or against
anyone associated with school activities.
Rep. Brendan Williams (D-22^nd ) has filed HB 2861, the House
counterpart to SB 5343, the (alleged) gun show loophole bill.
At this time the only bill scheduled for a public hearing is SB 6258, in
Senate Judiciary at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 17 January.
NOTE ON PUBLIC HEARINGS: As the name implies, these hearings are open to
the public. If you choose to attend, please enter your name and address
on the sign-in sheet (there’s a separate sheet for each bill being
heard), and indicate a position on the bill (for/against, pro/con). If
you wish to testify, check that box on the sign-in sheet. Public
testimony is limited to three minutes per person, starting with your
name and either where you are from or any organization(s) you represent.
No personal attacks against the bill’s sponsor(s) or others testifying
on the other side of the bill are allowed. Like a letter to the editor,
you should try to limit your testimony to one or two good points.
Bills filed during 2005 session and still subject to legislative action:
Bill # Subject Sponsor Status
SSB 5041 Sentencing range McCaslin (R-4) Hold H. Rules
SB 5131 Insanity finding/firearms Carrell (R-28) Hold S. Rules
SB 5167 Firearm suppressors Hargrove (D-24) Hold S. Jud.
SB 5342 Safe storage of firearms Kohl-Welles (D-36) Hold S. Jud.
SB 5343 Gun show loophole Kohl-Welles (D-36) Hold S. Jud.
SB 5344 Capitol campus gun ban Fairley (D-32) Hold S. Jud.
SB 5383 Juvenile hunting licenses Oke (R-26) Hold S.NatRes
SB 5475 Assault weapon ban Kline (D-37) Hold S. Jud.
SB 5545 Military CPL renewal Roach (R-31) Hold S. Jud.
SB 5593 .50 BMG rifle ban Kline (D-37) Hold S. Jud.
SB 5635 Restoration of rights Schoesler (R-9) Hold S. Rules
SJM 8005 Manufacturer protection Benton (R-17) Hold S. Jud.
SHB 1133 Public disclosure law Nixon (R-45) Enacted
SHB 1213 Juvenile hunting licenses Clements (R-14) Hold H. Rules
HB 1473 Safe storage of firearms Moeller (D-49) Hold H. Jud.
HB 1489 Capitol campus gun ban Williams (D-22) Hold H. Jud.
HB 1490 Park/rec area gun ban Darneille (D-27) Hold H. Jud.
HB 1627 Assault weapon ban Kagi (D-32) Hold H. Jud.
HB 1687 Insanity finding/firearms Moeller (D-49) Enacted
HB 1804 CPL renewal notification Ericksen (R-42) Hold H. Jud.
HB 1822 Lead shot hunting ban Kagi (D-32) Hold H.NatRes.
HB 2211 Lead shot excise tax Kagi (D-32) Hold H. Fin.
HJM 4002 Manufacturer protection Curtis (R-18) Hold H. Jud.
Bills filed for the 2006 session:
Bill # Subject Sponsor Status
SB 6139 Justifiable homicide Stevens (R-39) S. Jud.
SB 6258 School/guns penalty increase Delvin (R-8) S. Jud.
SB 6426 CPL reciprocity amendment Schoesler (R-9) S. Jud.
HB 2622 CPL reciprocity amendment Blake (D-19) H. Jud.
HB 2824 Threats with a firearm/schools Lovick (D-44) H. Jud.
HB 2861 Gun show “loophole” Williams (D-22) unassigned
Key to abbreviations: S. = Senate, H. = House, Jud = Judiciary, CJ&J =
Criminal Justice & Corrections, Fish/Ecol = Fisheries, Ecology & Parks,
JuvJust = Juvenile Justice, Educ = Education, LocGov = Local Government,
NatRes = Natural Resources, Parks & Shorelines; W&M = Ways and Means
17 Jan Senate Judiciary Committee Senate Hearing Room 1
3:30 p.m. SB 6258 Makes violation of the gun-free school zone law a felony
and adds ammunition and gun parts to the list of prohibited items.
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
"www.leg.wa.gov". It's available in two versions: text (.txt) file or
Acrobat (.pdf) file. The "Acrobat" version is preferred as it is easier
to read and is an exact copy of the hard copy format the legislators
use. You may download a free version of Adobe Acrobat 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 http://www.tvw.org/ (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.