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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.

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

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

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Laws and such…

Hey folks,

I’ve been getting a lot of queries about legal issues and state information. So I’ve been compiling some data as well as making some calls.

I’ve updated the State Law page to include a Washington State Summary page. This takes out the legal ease and answers a lot of questions. Be sure to check it out. I’ve also completed an Oregon Summary page now as well.

Also there’s been a lot of questions about the State Pistol form required by WA residents when purchasing a pistol. Such as where does the state store this information, is it publicly available, etc. I have a couple queries into the State Department of Licensing now, as soon as I have more information I will be happy to share it with you all.

Don’t forget we have several new and used Firearms for sale so be sure to check those out.

Sanity in the Legal System

The fact that these types of ridiculous Law Suits can even exist and waste valuable time and money is mind numbing, so I would like to point out this great win today, and congratulate the Supreme Court for its forethought and logical decision making.

“Fairfax, Va. – On Monday, March 9, the U.S. Supreme Court denied consideration of New York City and Washington, D.C. lawsuits, New York v. Beretta and Lawson v. Beretta, respectively, that tried to hold American gun manufacturers responsible for the acts of criminals. The Court ‘s order leaves standing a pair of decisions by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and District of Columbia Court of Appeals, both of which found that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), enacted in 2005, prevents these types of lawsuits against lawful firearms manufacturers and dealers.

In 2000, New York City, Washington, D.C. and several individual plaintiffs sued gun manufacturers, based on the idea that although they manufactured a legal product, forcing them to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees just to prove their innocence in court would drive them into bankruptcy. In addition to being based on a bogus legal theory, these lawsuits endangered American armed forces and law enforcement. During congressional debate over the PLCAA, the Department of Defense agreed with the NRA that bankrupting U.S. gun makers and making us dependent on foreign countries like France, Russia or China for small arms is a threat to America’s domestic and international security.”