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February, 2010:

Olympia Considering End to Department of Fish & Wildlife

This is a re-post of an email from the NRA-ILA notifications I get. Interesting stuff.

The Senate budget released this week would zero out the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) budget and transfer all WDFW functions to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in a merger of the two agencies. Further, it would reduce by $10.5 million the amount spent on the functions that have been handled by WDFW.

To those involved in the shooting sports, the net result of such a transfer of authority would likely be devastating. Gun owners and sportsmen have been fighting DNR for years with regard to shooting and hunting on DNR land. Leadership in DNR is, at best, indifferent to the interests of sportsmen and, more likely, hostile and antagonistic.

The majority of hunters and sportsmen in Washington State agreed last year to surcharges on their licenses to keep important WDFW functions in place. Every hunting (and fishing) program and every dedicated fund is at risk for reduction or termination. Sportsmen’s support of the department could be wiped out if the Senate Budget is allowed to advance with the merger language in it.

It is critical that hunters and sportsmen contact the members of the Senate Ways & Means Committee immediately! Tell them to OPPOSE THE MERGER OF WDFW INTO DNR! Please leave messages for your Senator and Representatives, as well.

Following are the email addresses for the 22 members of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, including Senator Rodney Tom who is the author of the merger effort:

State Senator Margarita Prentice (Chair) – prentice.margarita@leg.wa.gov
State Senator Karen Fraser (Vice-Chair, Capital Budget) – fraser.karen@leg.wa.gov
State Senator Rodney Tom (Vice Chair, Operating Budget) – tom.rodney@leg.wa.gov
State Senator Joseph Zarelli (Ranking Minority) – zarelli.joseph@leg.wa.gov
State Senator Dale Brandland – brandland.dale@leg.wa.gov
State Senator Mike Carrell – carrell.michael@leg.wa.gov
State Senator Darlene Fairley – fairley.darlene@leg.wa.gov
State Senator Mike Hewitt – hewitt.mike@leg.wa.gov
State Senator Steve Hobbs – hobbs.steve@leg.wa.gov
State Senator Jim Honeyford – honeyford.jim@leg.wa.gov
State Senator Karen Keiser – keiser.karen@leg.wa.gov
State Senator Adam Kline – kline.adam@leg.wa.gov
State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles – kohl-welles.jeanne@leg.wa.gov
State Senator Joe McDermott – mcdermott.joe@leg.wa.gov
State Senator Ed Murray – murray.edward@leg.wa.gov
State Senator Eric Oemig – oemig.eric@leg.wa.gov
State Senator Linda Evans Parlette – parlette.linda@leg.wa.gov
State Senator Cheryl Pflug – pflug.cheryl@leg.wa.gov
State Senator Craig Pridemore – pridemore.craig@leg.wa.gov
State Senator Debbie Regala – regala.debbie@leg.wa.gov
State Senator Phil Rockefeller – rockefeller.phil@leg.wa.gov
State Senator Mark Schoesler – schoesler.mark@leg.wa.gov

Turnout heavy in opposition to WA ‘assault weapon’ bill

Just cross-linking this article for those of you tracking the new “assualt weapon” ban bill in Washington State. If you actually read this bill is the most ridiculous thing I’ve seen in a long time, its so much more than an assault weapon ban..and they can’t even define assault weapon properly.

http://www.examiner.com/x-4525-Seattle-Gun-Rights-Examiner~y2010m1d26-Turnout-heavy-in-opposition-to-WA-assault-weapon-bill-Bellevue-police-chief-plays-politics

[Bill 6396]

GUN MAKER KBI / CHARLES DALY CLOSES DOORS

This is most unfortunate news. I’m a big fan and own a couple Charles Daly shotguns, they are so well made. Looks like maybe CD Defense will be back.

Harrisburg, Pa.-based firearms manufacturer and importer KBI/Charles Daly is going out of business, President Michael B. Kassnar announced on the company’s Web site. “I wish to thank all of you that have supported our company, Charles Daly and all the other fine firearms that we have sold over the years. This spells the end of KBI, but I imagine it will certainly not mean the end of Charles Daly and CD Defense. Look for this excellent brand to resurface in the very near future,” Kassnar said.