Dear Friends and Neighbors,
On Saturday, Feb. 17, Sen. Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley, and I held our first town hall in Sultan and Arlington. I would like to thank everyone who attended and voiced their concerns, opinions and comments about state government.
Gun legislation passed out of the House.
A number of gun control bills were proposed in the House and Senate this session. Fortunately, the Legislature is designed so each bill is thoroughly vetted. This helps ensure a formal and complete examination is given to each proposal. At this point in time, only one gun control bill has been approved by the House.
House Bill 2519 was passed with a 94 vote majority. The bill states that before a law enforcement agency can return an impounded or surrendered firearm to the owner, the agency must first determine if the owner is eligible to own a concealed pistol. This bill is awaiting an executive session in the Senate Committee on Law and Justice.
Gun legislation passed out of the Senate.
On the other hand, the Senate passed three gun control bills that have made their way to the House for further consideration.
Senate Bill 5992 would prohibit a person from manufacturing, owning, buying, selling, loaning, furnishing, transporting, or having in possession or under control, a bump-fire stock and declares such device to be contraband. A bump-fire stock is designed to attach to a semiautomatic firearm with the intent of increasing the rate of fire to that of a fully automatic firearm. The bill has been placed on second reading and awaits further decision.
Senate Bill 6298 says that a person who has been convicted of harassment of another family member is prohibited from possessing a firearm. The measure was recently approved by the House Judiciary Committee. It now awaits further action by the House chamber.
Senate Bill 5553 would allow for a person to voluntarily give up their firearm rights by filling a waiver with the court. A change to the bill has been proposed that would require the Washington State Patrol to enter the waiver information into the National Instant Criminal Background Check system. The measure was approved by the House, 77-20. It now heads to the Senate for further consideration.
I want to encourage you to get involved and voice your thoughts on these bills. As always, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me or my assistant, Brenda. I am here to serve you and hope to hear from you soon.