ALERT FROM NRA-ILA
Please Contact Your Legislators Today!
The National Rifle Association has learned that the Washington State Patrol (WSP) has sent a letter, apparently to every firearms dealer in the state of Washington, as part of an investigation into “a missing/stolen AR-15.” The WSP has requested an incredible amount of information regarding dealer’s sales and acquisitions of AR-15’s and lower receivers over the last nine months. They want names, dates of births, addresses and more… from the past nine months! A statewide search through a mountain of information for ONE missing/stolen AR-15?
It seems preposterous to the NRA that the WSP would conceivably request this massive amount of sensitive data, in a search for ONE AR-15! It is the NRA’s view that there must be more to this story, a lot more. The NRA has placed two phone calls into the WSP today in search of clarifying information but has yet to receive any response on the matter. The NRA has also followed up with a letter of inquiry which notes that dealers are under no obligation to comply with the request.
We will keep our members apprised of any information that is forthcoming from the WSP. In the meantime, NRA suggests that you contact your State Legislators and let them know about this far-reaching and overly-broad request of firearm dealers by the state law enforcement agency. Ask your legislators to contact the WSP in an effort to find out what is going on in this case. You may contact your state Representative or state Senator by clicking here. If you don’t know who your elected officials are you may look them up here.
Also, please contact Governor Chris Gregoire, let her know about the requests currently being asked of Washington’s firearms dealers by the WSP and urge her to find out what is going on in this case. You can contact the Governor by clicking here.
For Immediate Release: April 21, 2010
SECOND AMENDMENT RALLY
Washington State Capitol Olympia, Washington
Saturday, April 24, 2010
1200 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(Rain or Shine)
Several Washington State Second Amendment Advocates, along with www.opencarry.org have announced the Washington State Second Amendment Rally in conjunction with several Nationwide Second Amendment events scheduled during the spring and summer of 2010. This is a non-violent, non-partisan effort and is open to EVERYONE who supports our Second Amendment Rights. This is a Family event. Weather permitting; we encourage participants to bring a picnic lunch and a blanket or chairs. We’ll have free prizes and entertainment along with comprehensive information on current issues and Washington State & Federal Legislation.
The Washington State Rally will be held Saturday, April 24 from 12pm until 4pm at the State Capitol in Olympia, Washington. This event will assemble at Tivoli Fountain. For further updated information and a map of the location visit General Administration parking page.
You can listen to Mr. Beal’s interview today on KIRO 97.3 Dori Monson Show with Kirby Wilbur by clicking HERE
“The prohibition is general. No clause in the Constitution could by any rule of construction be conceived to give to Congress a power to disarm the people. Such a flagitious attempt could only be made under some general pretense by a state legislature. But if in any blind pursuit of inordinate power, either should attempt it, this amendment may be appealed to as a restraint on both.” [William Rawle, A View of the Constitution 125-6 (2nd ed. 1829)
Questions and Interview Requests May Be Sent To: Mr.James Beal at email@example.com
This event is not affiliated with other Second Amendment “March” efforts.
The Washington Legislature appears to have reached a decision to have citizens here dispose of their income in the form of additional taxes……..
Evergreen State hunters and fishermen have historically been treated with a mix of indifference, disdain and outright contempt by the State Legislature and the governor’s office over the past quarter-century.
When thousands of sportsmen rallied on the Capitol steps in the 1980s – brought there by the now-inactive Sportsmen’s Rights Coalition – they were essentially given lip service. The old Department of Game was merged with the Department of Fisheries to create the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, an indication that the agency would – and many complain has – gradually drifted away from the primary mission for which it was created, to serve hunters and anglers and to conserve, protect and enhance fish and game populations. Many sportsmen so hate this agency and the direction that it has taken that they refer to it as the Department of NO Fish and NO Wildlife; an agency that is less interested in enhancing deer and elk herds than it is in bringing back wolves and giving them a big hug.
Abolishes the department of fish and wildlife and transfers its powers, duties, and functions to the department of natural resources.
The advent of a divisive and many believe disastrous hunting management structure called “Resource Allocation” has been blamed for reducing the number of Washington hunters by some 100,000 over the past quarter-century. Under this scenario, hunters must choose whether they will hunt big game with a bow, modern firearm (including handgun), or muzzleloader. Washington’s “strategy” limits hunters, and essentially keeps user groups at each other’s throats, vying against one another for more time afield for their particular interest group.
The once-thriving pheasant release program is a shadow of its former self, and non-existent in eastern Washington where, a generation ago, pheasant hunting rivaled that found in some Midwest states. The only “new” program that has benefited Washington hunters in the past 25 years has been the wild turkey project spearheaded by now-retired game biologist Dan Blatt. This was a roaring success thanks to Blatt’s savvy about putting different turkey sub-species into the proper habitats similar to their native habitats in the states from whence brood stock was brought years ago.
So why not change the agency? This state’s hunters are not of one mind; many enjoy the reduced numbers of people in the field during fall hunting seasons. They don’t see the “big picture,” however and neither do younger hunters (and anglers), who lack the historical perspective and never experienced “the good old days” of hunting and fishing here. Their shrinking numbers translates to shrinking political clout, and ultimately, that’s going to mean reduced to non-existent management of this state’s game populations.
Right now, there is legislation (Senate Bill 6813) lurking in the Senate Natural Resources Committee that, if adopted and signed by Gov. Christine Gregoire – as she most lilely would with the excuse of trimming the state budget (it won’t, but the public doesn’t understand that) – it would merge the WDFW with the State Parks Department under the Department of Natural Resources.
Want to talk about a disaster? This is the kind of scenario that the late Irwin Allen would have put on film as The Towering Bureaucracy. If hunters think they have little influence now, wait until that mega-agency becomes a reality.
An e-mail alert now being circulated by pro-gun and hunting communities warns, “Every fishing, hunting and related program and every dedicated fund is at risk for termination or reduction.” This alert, originating with the Hunters Heritage Council, notes that “The Senate budget released (Monday) zeroes out the WDFW budget, reduces the agency operating budget by $10.5 million and transfers all WDFW functions to DNR. No proof has been presented that the state ‘saves’ $10.5 million in operating costs by these actions.”
“Transfers, administratively, the duties of the governor appointed state parks and recreation commission and the fish and wildlife commission to the department of natural resources.”
The e-mail alert also warns, “Creating another super agency while doing harm to the already existing programs willingly funded by hunters and fishers is not responsible wildlife management.”
There are 22 members of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, and they need to hear from hunters and anglers concerned about the future of the resources.
Perhaps instead of merging the WDFW, it ought to be broken up and restored to two separate agencies: Fisheries, which would be tasked solely with managing for commercial and tribal fisheries, and the Department of Fish and Game, whose job it should be to put ten million more trout into our lakes and streams, produce two to five million more steelhead, increase the deer herds by 50,000 and add 10,000 more elk, and that’s just for starters.
Hunters and anglers are being encouraged to contact each member of the Senate Committee and tell them “Do NOT merge WDFW and DNR.”
Senator Margarita Prentice (Chair) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Karen Fraser (Vice-Chair, Capital Budget) – email@example.com
Senator Rodney Tom (Vice Chair, Operating Budget – author of the merger effort) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Joseph Zarelli (Ranking Minority) – email@example.com
Senator Dale Brandland – firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Mike Carrell – email@example.com
Senator Darlene Fairley – firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Mike Hewitt – email@example.com
Senator Steve Hobbs – firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Jim Honeyford – email@example.com
Senator Karen Keiser – firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Adam Kline – email@example.com
Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles – firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Joe McDermott – email@example.com
Senator Ed Murray – firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Eric Oemig – email@example.com
Senator Linda Evans Parlette – firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Cheryl Pflug – email@example.com
Senator Craig Pridemore – firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Debbie Regala – email@example.com
Senator Phil Rockefeller – firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Mark Schoesler – email@example.com
Outdoorsmen and women can also contact their own senator here.
February 24, 2010
To: Governor Chris Gregoire (she can be emailed here: firstname.lastname@example.org)
From: Tim Eyman, ph: 425-493-9127, email: email@example.com, http://www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com
cc: Our thousands of supporters throughout the state, all media outlets — reporters, columnists, editorial writers, and others in newspapers, radio, and TV — and House & Senate members
RE: Eyman to Gregoire: throw some crumbs to the peasants, veto the repeal of I-960’s advisory vote on tax increases, 2 pages in voters pamphlet with legislators tax votes and costs
90% of Initiative 960 is/was the 2/3’s vote requirement for tax increases – that was the big enchilada. You’re going to sign ESSB 6130 at 4 pm today and suspend that requirement for this session and next session and will sign into law BILLIONS OF DOLLARS in higher taxes.
That really infuriates a lot of people.
But I-960 also addresses a very real problem in Olympia — everything’s an emergency. The emergency clause makes bills ‘referendum proof’ and that’s what’s going to be slapped on every tax increase bill you sign this session. The people’s constitutionally guaranteed right to referendum will be taken away on every one of them.
I-960 anticipated this unfair situation and proposed a modest remedy: rather than stopping the indiscriminate overuse of the emergency clause, it simply says for any tax increase bill where the people’s right to referendum is taken away, at least give the voters a chance to express their opinion (with a non-binding advisory vote) and give the voters 2 pages in the voters pamphlet listing legislators’ tax votes, their contact information, and the cost of the tax hikes.
In other words, I-960 provided transparency and a voice for the people.
Chris, you will take away the 2/3’s vote requirement at 4 pm today (I’ll see you there) but throw some crumbs to the peasants: veto the repeal of I-960’s advisory vote on tax increases and the 2 pages in voters pamphlet.
This morning’s Seattle Times asks for the same thing — Gov. Gregoire: Use veto to keep transparency provisions of Initiative 960 — http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/editorials/2011165339_edit24veto.html
I’m asking you for this small mercy even as you take away what voters worked so hard to pass (3 times).
This reminds me of a scene from Troy, one of my favorite movies. Right after Achilles (played by Brad Pitt) kills Hector in a duel and drags his body back to his camp, Hector’s father Priias, the King of Troy, sneaks into Achilles’ tent and confronts him:
Priias: “You have taken everything from me, my eldest son, heir to my throne, defender of my kingdom. I cannot change what happened, it is the will of the gods, but give me this small mercy, I loved my boy from the moment he opened his eyes to the moment you closed them. Let me wash his body, let me say the prayers, let me place two coins on his eyes for the Boat Man.”
Achilles responds: “If I let you walk out of here, if I let you take him, it doesn’t change anything: you’re still my enemy in the morning.”
Priias answers: “You’re still my enemy tonight … but even enemies can show respect.”
For the past six years, it is clear that you and the voters have battled over taxes. And with regard to this particular battle, you will succeed at getting rid of 90% of I-960 — you will take away the 2/3’s vote requirement for tax increases, the jewel of I-960’s crown.
But if you have any honor, any honor at all, you will grant the voters this small victory, proving that “even enemies can show respect.”
They’ve scheduled public hearings for these two pieces of…..”Legislation”. TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2010 at 1:30. If you can make it down to Olympia for this, please do. Please write and call your Representatives.
State Government & Tribal Affairs
2/23/10 1:30 pm House Full Committee House Hearing Rm D John L. O’Brien Building Olympia, WA
ESB 6754 – Making the names and addresses of persons signing initiative or referendum petitions public records.
SB 6754: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?year=2010&bill=6754 SB 6754
ESSB 6449 – Regarding signature gatherers for petitions. Other Senate bills previously heard in committee.
Yes……….. They Did.
Is Washington State legislature working overtime to live up to the democrats label of being the “tax and spend” party”? Perhaps they should take a lesson from the new Governor of NJ who just placed a spending freeze on the state. Governor Christie said New Jersey is on the verge of bankruptcy and declared a fiscal emergency, announcing drastic cuts.
“Revisit its rich union contracts,” Christie said. “And they may also have to consider service reductions or fare increases.” Yet Governor Gregoire refuses to revisit union contracts and will be giving union member their raises, while making drastic cuts to health care, poor, sick and elderly.
Here’s the breakdown:
Voting Yea: Representatives Appleton, Blake, Carlyle, Chase, Clibborn, Cody, Conway, Darneille, Dickerson, Dunshee, Ericks, Flannigan, Goodman, Green, Haigh, Hasegawa, Hudgins, Hunt, Hunter, Jacks, Kagi, Kenney, Kessler, Kirby, Liias, Linville, Maxwell, McCoy, Moeller, Morris, Nelson, O’Brien, Ormsby, Orwall, Pedersen, Pettigrew, Quall, Roberts, Rolfes, Santos, Sells, Simpson, Springer, Sullivan, Takko, Upthegrove, Van De Wege, White, Williams, Wood, and Mr. Speaker
Voting Nay: Representatives Alexander, Anderson, Angel, Armstrong, Bailey, Campbell, Chandler, Condotta, Crouse, Dammeier, DeBolt, Driscoll, Eddy, Ericksen, Fagan, Finn, Haler, Herrera, Hinkle, Hope, Hurst, Johnson, Kelley, Klippert, Kretz, Kristiansen, McCune, Miloscia, Morrell, Nealey, Orcutt, Parker, Pearson, Priest, Probst, Roach, Rodne, Ross, Schmick, Seaquist, Shea, Short, Smith, Taylor, Wallace, Walsh, and Warnick