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2015 Law Changes for WA State

This past Tuesday the citizens of Washington state decided to make some serious law changes towards firearms in their(my) state. Now if you know me, I’m not a gun rallying, right winger who hates Obama and thinks the government is out to get him. I don’t support or care about any specific political party and when it comes to gun laws I work around common sense and I research everything. I don’t assume the NRA knows what its talking about, just like I don’t assume any anti-gun or anti-NRA people know what they are talking about. Most of all of them don’t…they have political agendas.

I was disappointed by how people chose not to really understand what these changes made and just voted with what the mass marketing said. I will say the marketing for 594 and against 591 was really good and disguised a lot of the real issues at stake. I’ve always enjoyed WA from a firearms stand point as it sits in a pretty middle of the road spot and its citizen seem concerned about the ability to legally arm themselves with really good concealed carry laws and the way firearms sales and transfers works was really good.

It didn’t help that measure 594 and 591 were somewhat contradictory, but nobody bothered to read the things in their entirety and really understand what they meant.

There are a couple posts on this site that tend to get linked a lot that relate to laws in Washington as well as federally. I will work through updating any of those that need it over the next few days with any of the upcoming changes the voters chose to put in place.

I’m not going to rattle off everything I hate or love about measure 594 and 591, there’s 30 websites doing that. And if you want to really understand what they mean, do what you should have done BEFORE YOU VOTED, go read the actual. Bills/Measures/Amendments are always publicly available on numerous non-bias web sites. At this point its not worth crying about, the laws are set in motion. So for the time being here we are.

Pay extra close attention to the rights we’ve now given up around the governments requirements to follow due process. We kinda gave a lot of that up in regards to firearms.

As a dealer I think the critical thing now is for you to understand how this effects you the gun buyer or seller in the state of Washington. So I will be updating the Gun Laws in Wa post on this site as well as the Gun Buying for the Paranoid in hopes to help shed some light on that.

Washington: Freedom Prevails in Olympia – Anti-Gun Legislation Dead for 2013

Taken from an ILA E-Mail I just received:

“Freedom has prevailed again in Olympia! Yesterday was the deadline for legislation to be voted out of its chamber of origin. Thanks to your hard work and relentless opposition, House Bill 1588 failed to come up for a vote on the House floor. The fate of the so-called “universal background check” legislation and your rights came down to the wire.
On Tuesday, the state House of Representatives came to a halt for more than seven hours as House Democrats tried to round up enough votes to pass this anti-gun measure. As NRA-ILA previously reported, HB 1588 could have criminalized all private sales of firearms.

HB 1588, introduced by state Representative Jamie Pederson (D-43), was nothing more than a regulatory scheme that would have created a huge burden for law-abiding citizens, been unenforceable, and ignored by criminals. This bill was nothing more than a precursor to Universal Firearm REGISTRATION.

Your participation in the legislative process was essential to this victory! Although your Second Amendment rights were defended in Olympia during this round, the attack on your inherent right to self-defense and right to keep and bear arms is far from over. Gun owners and sportsmen must remain vigilant in order to preserve our freedoms!
The following anti-gun bills are also dead for this session:
House Bill 1676, introduced by state Representative Ruth Kagi (D-32), a so-called “child access prevention” bill which would have singled out the storage of firearms for criminalization under certain circumstances.
House Bill 1703, introduced by state Representative Laurie Jinkins (D-27), would have levied an outrageous tax on all firearm and ammunition purchases to create more bureaucracy in the form of a “firearm safety” education program.
Senate Bill 5737, introduced by state Senators Ed Murray (D-43) and Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36), would have banned commonly owned firearms mischaracterized as “assault weapons” and magazines that hold more than ten rounds. This extreme measure would have also allowed in-home inspections by law enforcement.

HB 1588 – WA Universal Background Checks Bill

For those of you who are following upcoming federal and state gun legislation changes, HB 1588 has been introduced sponsored by state representatives Jamie Pederson (D-43), Mike Hope (R-44) and 36 other state representatives that will require Universal Background checks for Wa State.

In short this bill (if passed) will require all private sales of any firearm to friends or family, or anyone else, to go through a Federal Licensed Firearm Dealer. This also will impact gun shows which ride on the “private transfer” laws to avoid background checks at gun shows.

This law also introduces a $20 tax to be paid on all transfers. Note this would be above and beyond standard dealer transfer fees of all weapons. This Bill also does not note that the “conceal weapons permit” holders of Washington state ability to avoid the standard pistol waiting period will be extended into the new law. So the assumption is that it will go away.

While it “sounds” great for dealers who will suddenly have a lot more business, its really more paperwork, more cost and as some feel the first step to universal gun registration.

On Wed Feb 13th there is a public hearing at 8am in the House Hearing Room A of John L. O’Brien building in Olympia Washington. You can attend this hearing and voice your opinion.

Read the law here:
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?year=2013&bill=1588

Why American Citizens Need Assault Weapons

An excellent article by Legal Defense Network President Marty Hayes, J.D.


Definitely worth a read no matter which side of the camp you are on.

http://armedcitizensnetwork.org/our-journal/281-february-2013

FBI FFL/NICS Site *new*

The FBI has released a new web site for FFL (Federal Firearms License) information. There’s some good information out there if you are wondering how the NICS or FFL system works.

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/nics/federal-firearms-licensees

You can also read the article I posted awhile back for other information pertaining to firearm purchasing.

Gun Buying for the Paranoid.

New Mobile Site

We now have a mobile web site thanks to GoMo (which is funded by Google). Allows you to build a mobile web site for any web site almost automatically. The system auto builds a template based on the existing URL and let’s you go through and tweak it. It literally took me 10 minutes to build an entire mobile capable version of the Eagle Firearms web site. Pretty slick! Mobile devices are auto-redirected to http://m.eaglefirearms.com upon connecting to the site.

Here’s how its done:
http://www.howtogomo.com/en/d/get-started/#build-your-site

HR822 and the Senate (National Right to Carry)

I’ve gotten a couple emails recently asking “when does hr 822 go to the senate?”

Actually H.R. 822 went to the Senate right after it passed in the House, however, the true next step is to get the bill out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. To do that a hearing is required, and currently there are no hearings scheduled for it but you can watch it at that link.

Remember the Senate is made up of a large number of anti-gun people so it will be difficult for any type of gun law to make it through the committee. If the committee does approve a Senate vote on H.R. 822 then Harry Reid will decide if it makes to a the Senate Floor for a vote.

Anti-Gun Senators that would most likely shoot this down:

Patrick J. Leahy
Chairman, D-Vermont

Herb Kohl
D-Wisconsin

Chuck Grassley
Ranking Member, R-Iowa

Dianne Feinstein
D-California

Orrin G. Hatch
R-Utah

Chuck Schumer
D-New York

Jon Kyl
R-Arizona

Dick Durbin
D-Illinois

Jeff Sessions
R-Alabama

Sheldon Whitehouse
D-Rhode Island

Lindsey Graham
R-South Carolina

Amy Klobuchar
D-Minnesota

John Cornyn
R-Texas

Al Franken
D-Minnesota

Michael S. Lee
R-Utah

Christopher A. Coons
D-Delaware

Tom Coburn
R-Oklahoma

Richard Blumenthal
D-Connecticut

Facebook “Like” 100 Rounds Contest

Congrats to Charlie Moore who was the winner of our 100 rounds of ammo drawing. Charlie chose 100 rounds of 9mm. Thanks to everyone who participated and helped us reach our first goal of 25 Facebook likes!

US House Passes H.R. 822

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an important self-defense measure that would enable millions of Right-to-Carry permit holders across the country to carry concealed firearms while traveling outside their home states. H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, passed by a majority bipartisan vote of 272 to 154. All amendments aimed to weaken or damage the integrity of this bill were defeated.

This bill does not affect existing state laws. State laws governing where concealed firearms may be carried would apply within each state’s borders. H.R. 822 does not create a federal licensing system or impose federal standards on state permits; rather, it requires the states to recognize each others’ carry permits, just as they recognize drivers’ licenses and carry permits held by armored car guards

National Right-to-Carry H.R. 822 Vote!

NATIONAL RIGHT-TO-CARRY LEGISLATION TO BE VOTED ON TUESDAY . . . NSSF is encouraging all sportsmen, gun owners and firearms enthusiasts to contact their representative and urge him or her to support H.R. 822

— legislation that would help protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners and enable millions of concealed carry permit holders to exercise their right to self-defense while traveling outside their home states.

Click on this link to learn more and send an email to your representative.

Call your representative at 202-224-3121.