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Washington Gun Show Legislation Defeated!

Friday, February 3, 2006

SB 5343, a bill that would have prohibited non-licensed individuals from buying, selling, or trading firearms from their private collections at gun shows without conducting the exchange through a licensed firearm dealer in Washington, was defeated Wednesday, February 1. The Senate Judiciary Committee cast 5 of their 8 votes in opposition to this restrictive legislation.

Please call the committee members who voted "No", to thank them for holding firm against this terrible legislation (especially Senator Luke Esser (R-48) and Senator Marilyn Rasmussen (D-2)) at (800) 562-6000.

Those who voted "no" include:

Senator Stephen Johnson, Ranking Minority Member (R-47);

Senator Mike Carrell (R-28);

Senator Luke Esser (R-48);

Senator Bob McCaslin (R-4);

and Senator Marilyn Rasmussen (D-2).

Those who voted "yes" include:

Senator Adam Kline, Chair (D-37);

Senator Brian Weinstein, Vice Chair (D-41);

and Senator Pat Thibaudeau (D-43).

Senator James Hargrove (D-24) was absent.

Thank you for your phone calls to legislators in opposition of SB 5343.

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