Washington SB 6396 Assault Weapons Ban RECAP


Here’s notes on the so-called “Assault Weapons Ban” from Washington State.  Although this Bill is napping until next session, it WILL appear again during next session, and it IS lurking at all states and at the Federal level.  The issues remain the same, so please refer to this when fighting ANY so-called “Assault Weapons Ban”, which will continue across this country, IN PERPETUITY.
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SB 6396

Assault weapons, banning the sale of http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=6396&year=2009

Sponsors: Senators Kline, Fairley, Kohl-Welles, McDermott

A group of four State Senators has introduced Senate Bill 6396, legislation that would bring California-style gun-control to the Northwest and ultimately ban many semi-automatic firearms commonly owned by Washingtonians.

This legislation would establish far-reaching restrictions on semi-automatic firearms (dubbing them “assault weapons”) and ammunition magazines. SB6396 affects every firearm modified to conform with the now-extinct Clinton Gun-Ban plus many other semi-automatic firearms that have no lineage to those rifles or any military-style orientation whatsoever.

Introduced by Sen. Adam Kline, (D-Seattle) on January 13, 2010, prohibits the selling and purchasing of assault weapons. Exceptions to the rule include manufacturing assault weapons for law enforcement, owning an assault weapon that is incapable of shooting, and owning a weapon prior to the date of this legislation. If the weapon was purchased prior to the date of legislation, then it must be securely and safely stored on the owners property. Breaking this law would count as a level 3 crime and be punishable for between 3 months and 5 years in jail.

Seventy million gun owners did not break the law. Over 99 percent of gun owners are law abiding citizens. This bill is unconstitutional, arbitrary, and will not reduce crime. Rather, it will divert law enforcement resources. There are many definitional problems within the bill. You either need to ban all semiautomatic weapons or none of them. You cannot carve out a subset. Making a weapon that has nine rounds lawful and one with 11 rounds unlawful is totally arbitrary. Furthermore, some of the attachments included in the definition of assault weapons are merely cosmetic and have nothing to do with how lethal the weapon is. This bill will merely cause confusion and increase sales of assault weapons. The person behind the firearm is what is wicked and not the firearm. We need education in this area and not legislation.

NRA Statement on Washington SB 6396: http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Read.aspx?ID=5305

The Olympian Article Washington Pro-Gun Activists Show Up En Masse:
http://www.theolympian.com/2010/01/27/1116304/pro-gun-activists-show-up-en-masse.html
YouTube Video on Washington SB 6396
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sERHD-RmLpU

Post Hearing Note:
Sen. Adam Kline’s quest to ban so called assault pistols and rifles ran into a human wall of opposition during the hearing in his committee. Gun rights activists were outraged, packing the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Senate Bill 6396; a show of hands revealed that about 99 percent of attendees opposed the bill.

STATUS AS OF MAY 29, 2010

* Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 13, 2010.
* Jan 26 Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Judiciary at 10:00 AM.
* Mar 15 By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.

 
THIS PIECE OF “LEGISLATION” WILL REAR IT’S UGLY HEAD AGAIN. PLEASE KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR IT DURING ALL FUTURE LEGISLATIVE SESSIONS.  THIS ISSUE IS BEING PURSUED AT ALL STATE LEVELS AS WELL AS FEDERAL LEVELS. WE MUST BE VIGILANT IN OUR FIGHT AGAINST THIS RELENTLESS ASSAULT ON OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS!

SPONSORS

Senator Adam Kline
http://www.leg.wa.gov/senate/senators/pages/Kline.aspx

(D) 37th Legislative District

Committees
Judiciary (Chair)
Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection
Ways and Means

Contacting Sen. Adam Kline
By Phone:
Olympia Office: (360) 786-7688
Fax: (360) 786-1999
By E-Mail
kline.adam@leg.wa.gov
By Postal Mail
Sen. Adam Kline
PO Box 40437
Olympia, WA 98504-0437
Staff Contacts:
Bryn Houghton, Legislative Assistant
(360) 786-7688 or houghton.bryn@leg.wa.gov
For Communications Inquiries
Anne Burkland, Senate Democrats Communications Specialist
(360) 786-7078 or burkland.anne@leg.wa.gov

Senator Adam Kline’s 2010 Legislative Review:
http://www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Senators/Documents/D37eosNL10.pdf

Senator Adam Klines Voting Record on Firearms Issues http://www.washingtonvotes.org/SearchVotes.aspx?EntityID=1036&CategoryID=95

Senator Adam Klines Homepage At Senate Democrats: http://www.senatedemocrats.wa.gov/senators/kline/

(D) 32nd Legislative District

Committees
Government Operations & Elections
Health and Long-Term Care
Ways and Means

Contacting Senator Darlene Fairley
By Phone:
Olympia Office – (360) 786-7662
Legislative Hotline – 1-800-562-6000
Fax: (360) 786-1999

By E-Mail:
fairley.darlene@leg.wa.gov

By Postal Mail:
Sen. Darlene Fairley
PO Box 40432
Olympia, WA 98504-0432

For Communications Inquiries:
Lori Nixon, Senate Democrats Communications Specialist
nixon.lori@leg.wa.gov or (360) 786-7333

Staff Contact:
Anne Butigan
butigan.anne@leg.wa.gov or (360) 786-7662

Senator Diane Farleys 2010 Government Guide;
http://www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Senators/Documents/d32govguide10.pdf

Senator Darlene Fairleys Homepage at Senate Democrats:
http://www.senatedemocrats.wa.gov/senators/Fairley/
(D) 36th Legislative District

Committees
Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection (Chair)
Judiciary
Ways & Means
Rules

Contacting Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles
By Phone:
Olympia Office: (360) 786-7670
Seattle Office: (206) 281-6854
Fax: (206) 216-3182
By E-mail:
kohl-welles.jeanne@leg.wa.gov
By Postal Mail
Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles
PO Box 40436
Olympia, WA 98504-0436
Staff Contacts
Adam Cooper, Legislative Assistant
(360) 786-7670 or cooper.adam@leg.wa.gov
For Communications Inquiries
Anne Burkland, Senate Democrats Communications Specialist
(360) 786-7078 or burkland.anne@leg.wa.gov

Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles 2010 Session Review:
http://www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Senators/Documents/D36eosNL10.pdf

Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles Homepage at Senate Democrats:
http://www.senatedemocrats.wa.gov/senators/kohlwelles/

34th Legislative District
Majority Assistant Floor Leader

Committees
Early Learning & K-12 Education
Government Operations & Elections
Ways & Means
Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance

Contact Sen. Joe McDermott
By Phone:
Olympia Office: (360) 786-7667
By E-Mail:
mcdermott.joe@leg.wa.gov
By Postal Mail:
Sen. Joe McDermott
PO Box 40434
Olympia, WA 98504-0434
Staff Contacts
Chris Lange, Legislative Assistant
(360) 786-7667 or lange.chris@leg.wa.gov
For Communications Inquiries
Anne Burkland, Senate Democrats Communications Specialist
(360) 786-7078 or burkland.anne@leg.wa.gov

Senator Joe McDermotts 2010 Session Wrap-Up:
http://www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Senators/Documents/d34eos2010.pdf

Senator Joe McDermotts Home Page at Senate Democrats:
http://www.senatedemocrats.wa.gov/senators/McDermott/

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VARIOUS ARTICLES ABOUT WASHINGTON SB 6396

Pacific Northwest Association of Investigators Report and Videos of the Judiciary Hearing: http://www.pnai.com/pi-blog/senate-judiciary-committee-hearing-on-sb-6396.html

Excellent Article (with several videos) about some of the Fallacies of this bill and about Chief Pillos testimony. (Note: Chief Pillo of the Bellevue PD appeared in FULL UNIFORM WITH HER SIDEARM AND UTILITY BELT, while asserting she was there to testify her OWN PERSONAL VIEWS on this piece of legislation!)
http://www.stopsb6396.com
 
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FACTS AND MYTHS ABOUT SO-CALLED “ASSAULT WEAPONS”
  
Joe Brower’s Right To Keep And Bear Arms Blog (RKBA) Which contains Numerous Articles on this issue: http://www.joebrower.com/RKBA/RKBA_FILES/RKBA_FILES.htm
 
Assault Weapons Revisited – Study on the truths behind the whole “Assault Weapons” propaganda by the Doctors for Integrity in Policy Research: http://www.joebrower.com/RKBA/RKBA_FILES/RESEARCH/DIPR_AWs.pdf
 
 
HTTP://WWW.GUNFACTS.INFO – Your Guide to Debunking Gun Control Myths 

LEGISLATIVE HOT LINE: You may reach your Representatives and Senator by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000. Toll free

The hearing impaired may obtain TDD access at 1-800-635-9993. Also toll free
1-800-562-6000 TDD 1-800-635-9993

Copies of pending legislation (bills), legislative schedules and other information are available on the legislatures web site at http://www.leg.wa.gov_________________________________________

Bills are available in Acrobat (.pdf) format. You may also obtain hard copy bills, initiatives, etc, in the mail from the Legislative Bill Room FREE OF CHARGE by calling 1-360-786-7573. Copies of bills may also be ordered toll free by calling the Legislative Hotline at (800) 562-6000. You may also hear floor and committee hearing action live at http://www.tvw.org/

(you need RealAudio to do this, available free at the TVW web site).
By reading the House and Senate bill reports (hbr, sbr) for each bill, you can see how individual committee members voted. By reading the roll call for each bill, you can see how the entire House or Senate voted on any bill. The beauty of the web site is that ALL this information is available, on line, to any citizen.
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