Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The 60-day legislative session ended on March 8. More than 300 bills passed this year and the governor has been signing many of these measures over the last two weeks. You can find a list of these bills here.
One of the primary responsibilities of the Legislature is to pass the three state budgets. You can learn more about the budgets by visiting these websites:
- 2018 supplemental operating budget
- Capital budgets (2017-19 regular and 2018 supplemental)
- 2018 supplemental transportation budget
For a complete list of firearm-related bills introduced in 2017 and 2018, click here.
Bills that were passed, signed into law this year:
- Provides that a law enforcement agency may not return a concealed pistol license (CPL) that has been surrendered to or impounded by the agency until the agency determines the licensee meets CPL eligibility requirements.
- Adds extreme risk protection orders, sexual assault protection orders, and stalking protection orders to the provision making an applicant ineligible for a CPL if the applicant is subject to a court order or injunction regarding firearms under various protection, restraining, and no-contact orders.
- Allows a law enforcement agency to require a photograph of a CPL applicant and print the licensee's photograph on the face of the license.
- Creates a process for a person to voluntarily waive the person's firearm rights and to revoke a voluntary waiver of firearm rights, and establishes requirements and restrictions relating to this process.
- Establishes a criminal penalty for any person who knowingly makes a false statement regarding the person's identity on a form for the voluntary waiver of firearm rights or the revocation of the voluntary waiver of firearm rights.
- Requires the Administrator for the Courts to create and make available forms for the voluntary waiver of firearm rights and the revocation of voluntary waiver of firearm rights.
- Prohibits a person from delivering a firearm to any person whom he or she has reasonable cause to believe has signed a valid voluntary waiver of firearm rights that has not been revoked.
- Establishes criminal penalties and sentencing provisions relating to the manufacture, sale, purchase, possession, transfer, or transport of bump-fire stocks, or the use of a firearm containing a bump-fire stock in the commission of a felony.
Bills that did not pass:
House Bill 1134 would have banned the sale of assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
House Bill 1387 would have established licensing requirements applicable to the possession, manufacture, transport, purchase, acquisition, transfer, delivery, import, sale, or offer of sale of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine and established criminal penalties for violations. It would have also established additional background checks and recordkeeping requirements for sales or transfers of assault weapons or large capacity magazines.
House Bill 2422 would have made it unlawful for a person to manufacture, possess, distribute, import, transfer, sell, offer for sale, purchase, or otherwise transfer a large capacity magazine, except as specifically authorized. It would have allowed a person who legally possessed a large capacity magazine on the effective date of the act, or a person who inherits a legally possessed large capacity magazine, to continue to possess the large capacity magazine subject to certain restrictions.
House Bill 2805 would have prohibited selling, transferring, or otherwise making available any ammunition other than nonlead ammunition to a person who is under the age of 21.
Senate Bill 5050 would have prohibited a person, unless certain conditions are met, from manufacturing, possessing, distributing, importing, transferring, selling, offering for sale, or purchasing an assault weapon or large capacity magazine.
Senate Bill 5444 would have defined assault weapon. It would have also aligned the requirements for the sale or transfer of an assault weapon with the requirements for the sale or transfer of a handgun (prohibit the sale or transfer of an assault weapon unless both a federal and a state background check have been completed through law enforcement, and prohibit a person under the age of 21 from purchasing an assault weapon).
Senate Bill 6049 would have prohibited the manufacture, possession, sale, or transfer of a large capacity magazine with the capacity of holding more than ten rounds of ammunition, unless the possession falls within one of the stated exceptions. It would have also made the possession of a large capacity magazine a gross misdemeanor.
Save the date: Town hall meetings on Saturday, April 14
I'd like to invite you to town hall meetings I will be hosting with Sen. Keith Wagoner on Saturday, April 14. Here are details for the three events:
9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Fire Station 31
163 Village Court
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Crossroad High School (Commons Area)
205 North Alder Avenue
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
325 Metcalf Street
I think it is important to provide you access to your state lawmakers and share information on what's happening in the citizen Legislature.
Staying in touch!
Please feel free to contact me any time with your questions about the legislative session and state government. I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you for allowing me to represent you in Olympia.