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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

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

Silencers Legal to use/own in WA State

I updated my article on Silencers due to a change I didn’t notice even happened in April of this year. House Bill 1016 signed in by the house and the senate of washington this year legalizes the use over silenced weapons. This is a great change in Washingtons usual conservative view on firearms ownership. You still need a Class 3 dealer to do the transfer for you as the federal government considers these Type 2 items. This will require a $200 SOT fee to the BATF as well as the dealer transfer fees, plus WA state tax. Type 2 weapons also require fingerprints and a 2×2 photo be attached to every transfer document. So if you are prepared and have the cash its now legal to get one.

If you already have one, or moved into state already owning one, you are all set, its legal to have on your gun now.

HB Change: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2011-12/Pdf/Bills/Session%20Law%202011/1016.SL.pdf
Eaglefirearms Article: http://eaglefirearms.com/?page_id=9