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Posted on February 19, 2013
Today, House Bill 1588, legislation that could criminalize private sales of firearms and lead to handgun registration, was amended and reported by the House Judiciary Committee by a 7-6 vote. HB 1588 is now headed to the House Rules Committee before going to the floor of the state House of Representatives.
It is imperative that you contact your state Representatives and the members of the House Rules Committee TODAY and urge them to oppose HB 1588.
Sponsored by state representatives Jamie Pederson (D-43), Mike Hope (R-44) and 36 other state representatives, HB 1588 could criminalize all private sales of firearms. This bill mandates a $20 fee (tax) to conduct a background check. All private firearm sales would be required to be brokered by licensed gun dealers and it is unlikely that $20 would cover their cost. A likely outcome is dealers refusing to process these transactions, potentially bringing all legal private firearm sales to a halt.
HB 1588 is unworkable in its current form, as it conflicts with federal law. Furthermore, if it was able to be implemented as drafted, it would create a database of all privately sold handguns since ALL dealer handgun deliveries are registered with the state.
This bill is nothing more than a regulatory scheme that would create a huge burden for law-abiding citizens, would be unenforceable and would be ignored by criminals anyway. It is truly nothing more than a precursor to Universal Firearm REGISTRATION!
The NRA thanks the following six state Representatives who voted against this attack on our Second Amendment rights. Please contact them and thank them for standing up for your constitutional rights:
Representative Jay Rodne (R-5)
Representative Steve O'Ban (R-28)
Representative Steve Kirby (D-29)
Representative Brad Klippert (R-8)
Representative Terry Nealey (R-16)
Representative Matt Shea (R-4)
It is imperative that you contact your state Representatives and members of the House Rules Committee TODAY and urge them to oppose HB 1588. If one of your Representatives serves on the House Rules Committee, it is especially important for you to contact them, as this committee has the power to prevent this bill from going to the House floor. To find your elected officials and their contact information, please click here. You may also contact your state Representatives by calling the toll-free legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000. Contact information for the House Rules Committee is provided below:
House Rules Committee:
Representative Frank Chopp (D-43) Chairman
Representative Richard DeBolt (R-20)
Representative Cathy Dahlquist (R-31)
Representative Susan Fagan (R-9)
Representative Tami Green (D-28)
Representative Jeff Holy (R-6)
Representative Norm Johnson (R-14)
Representative Linda Kochmar (R-30)
Representative Joel Kretz (R-7)
Representative Marko Liias (D-21)
Representative Chad Magendanz (R-5)
Representative Marcie Maxwell (D-41)
Representative Jim Moeller (D-49)
Representative Tina Orwall (D-33)
Representative Eric Pettigrew (D-37)
Representative Chris Reykdal (D-22)
Representative Mary Helen Roberts (D-21)
Representative Cindy Ryu (D-32)
Representative David Sawyer (D-29)
Representative Larry Springer (D-45)
Representative Pat Sullivan (D-47)
Representative Gael Tarleton (D-36)
Representative Kevin Van De Wege (D-24)
Representative J.T. Wilcox (R-2)
Two anti-gun bills are scheduled to be heard by the House Judiciary Committee this Wednesday, February 13. This hearing will begin at 8:00 a.m. in House Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building in Olympia. Please attend and express your opposition to the following bills:FULL STORY
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