This short session is well underway and it's time for another gun legislation update. Gun-control is a hot topic. It seems to be on everyone's mind this session. There have already been rallies, speeches, and multiple bills introduced that deal with our 2nd Amendment rights.
Save the date! February 17. I'll be in Sultan and Arlington for a town hall meeting, read below for more information.
On Friday, activists from all over Washington came to Olympia to rally against the many gun-related bills introduced this session. I want to take a moment to thank everyone who came to Olympia to let their voices be heard. I appreciate that many of you stopped by the office to see me.
The Governor stated his opinions about gun-control at a recent press conference.
Governor Jay Inslee, joined by various other legislators, met for a press conference about gun-control on Monday. The governor used this time to congratulate Washington State for being the first to eliminate loop holes in the background checks of gun sales. He believes Washington State is confronted with “common sense measures,” that do not need to be debated or argued. Watch the governor's speech on TVW.
Gun-control bills to watch.
HB 2738: This bill makes it illegal for a person to carry a concealed firearm into someone's home without first notifying them. If convicted of violating this measure, the court may order the person to surrender their concealed carry license and prohibit the person from obtaining another permit for a period of five years.
HB 1122: This bill states that it is the responsibility of the firearm owner to safely store firearms in order to prevent children from gaining access. When selling a firearm, the dealer must offer to sell or give the purchaser a locked box or lock that prevents the firearm from discharging.
HB 2666: This piece of legislation attempts to provide local government with the ability to enforce gun related regulation.
HB 2519: 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 possess a concealed pistol.
Save the date! February 17.
As promised above, I'll be at the Sultan Town Hall from 10 am – 12 pm and Arlington's Hadley Hall from 4 pm – 6 pm. Stay tuned, I will be sending out more detailed information in the weeks to come.
Thank you for reading my weekly gun-control newsletter. I will diligently work for you this session to ensure our 2nd Amendment rights are not infringed upon. Please email or call with any of your questions. I am here in Olympia serving the people and I would love to hear from you.
It is an honor to serve as your state representative.