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Washington State Federal Firearms Freedom Act SB 6475 & HB 2709 RECAP


HB 2709, SB 6475

Washington Firearms Freedom Act Concerning adopting the Washington state firearms freedom act of 2010 and exempting a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition manufactured and retained in Washington from federal regulation under the commerce clause of the Constitution of the United States.

STATUS AS OF JUNE 2, 2010:
2010 REGULAR SESSION
Jan 12 Held on first reading.
Jan 13 First reading, referred to Judiciary. (View Original Bill)
2010 1ST SPECIAL SESSION
Mar 15 By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.

SPONSORS:
HB 2709 – Representatives Shea, Ross, Kristiansen, Haler, Klippert, Taylor, McCune, Short, Hinkle, Crouse, Dammeier, Parker, Johnson, Angel, Bailey, Orcutt, Roach, Schmick, Fagan, Condotta, Pearson, Warnick, Kretz

SB 6475 – Senators Stevens, Morton, Hewitt, Holmquist, Swecker, Carrell, Schoesler, Delvin, Honeyford, King, Pflug, Roach, Becker

Description prepared by the Washington Secretary of State: This measure would declare that certain personal firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition manufactured in Washington without using any significant parts imported from another state, and that are not removed from Washington are exempt from federal regulation, including any federal registration requirement. The measure would not apply to certain firearms, including firearms that cannot be carried and used by one person, that fire exploding projectiles, or, except shotguns, that discharge multiple projectiles with one trigger pull.

NOTE: Originally introduced and passed in Montana, the FFA declares that any firearms made and retained in-state are beyond the authority of Congress under its constitutional power to regulate commerce among the states.
Following initial Montana enactment, clones of the Firearms Freedom Act have subsequently been enacted in Tennessee, Utah, Wyoming and South Dakota, and other clones have been introduced in the legislatures of twenty-some other states.

The FFA is primarily a Tenth Amendment challenge to the powers of Congress under the commerce clause, with firearms as the object it is a states rights exercise.

Obamacare and Firearms Freedom:  All Americans should be concerned about socialized health care, but gun owners should especially be wary. The ObamaCare legislation in Congress could empower anti-gun bureaucrats to deny medical reimbursements to individuals who engage in supposedly dangerous activities, like owning loaded weapons for self-defense.
Every version of the health care bill in the Senate contains language that will punish Americans who engage in unhealthy lifestyles by allowing insurers to charge them higher insurance premiums. Of course, what constitutes an unhealthy lifestyle is to be defined by legislators.
So dont be surprised if an anti-gun nut like HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius — who vetoed concealed carry legislation as the governor of Kansas — uses this same line of thinking. As the one who will write the ObamaCare regs, Secretary Sebelius can prescribe policies that impose a back-door gun ban on any American who owns dangerous firearms.
After all, insurers already (and routinely) drop homeowners from their policies for owning certain types of guns or for refusing to use trigger locks (that is, for keeping their guns ready for self-defense!). While not all insurers practice this anti-gun behavior, Gun Owners of America has documented that some do — Prudential and State Farm being two of the most well-known.
The good news is that because homeowner insurance is private (and is still subject to the free market) you can go to another company if one drops you. But what are you going to do under nationalized ObamaCare when the regulations written by Secretary Sebelius suspend the applicability of your government-mandated policy because of your gun ownership?
A majority of Americans are right. The ObamaCrats do want to restrict our gun rights, but theyre not necessarily going to do it with a frontal assault.
Thats why its a good thing that the silent majority is now waking up, because a grassroots rebellion is the only thing that is going to be able to prevent all the back-door assaults on our liberties.

Please pass the smelling salts.

To read HB 2709, the Washington Firearms Freedom Act House Bill, click here: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=2709&year=2009
To read SB 6475, the Washington Firearms Freedom Act Senate Bill, click here:
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=6475&year=2009
Montana Legislative Record HB 246 http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/2009/billhtml/HB0246.htm
Firearms Freedom Act Blog: http://firearmsfreedomact.com/
Gun Rights Examiner Article on Firearms Freedom Acts Across America: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner~y2009m10d31-Guns-Magazine-spotlights-Firearms-Freedom-Act
Wikipedia Article on Firearms Freedom Act: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montana_Firearms_Freedom_Act

Gun Owners of America Article on Federal Firearms Freedom: http://gunowners.org/op10152009ep.htm
A Term Paper on the Firearms Freedom Act: http://firearmsfreedomact.com/2010/01/15/a-term-paper-on-the-firearms-freedom-act/
What Is The Commerce Clause?: http://firearmsfreedomact.com/what-is-the-commerce-clause/
WorldNet Daily Article Jan. 31, 2010: http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=123419

“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)

 

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