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Washington: Two Firearms-Related Bills Going to the House Floor!

Friday, February 3, 2012

On January 31, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed House Bill 1508, originally a solid shooting range protection bill, and House Bill 2471, a background check reform bill.

As originally introduced by state Representatives Dean Takko (D-19), Tim Probst (D-17) and Kevin Van De Wege (D-24), House Bill 1508, would have ensured that existing shooting ranges were broadly protected against civil liability and criminal charges related to noise pollution. However, this bill was amended and significantly weakened in the House Judiciary Committee and it no longer provides an adequate level of protection for shooting ranges. The NRA is working closely with the bill sponsors and legislative supporters in an effort to restore the bill’s protections. We will keep you informed on what future action you should take.

House Bill 2471, sponsored by seven state Representatives, would exempt CPL holders, whose licenses were issued on or after July 22, 2011, from having to undergo any sort of background check when purchasing a pistol.  Additionally, this bill would require only the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check for CPL holders whose permits were issued prior to July 22, 2011. 

Please e-mail your state Representative TODAY and respectfully urge him or her to support HB 2471.  To determine who your state Representative is, please click here.  You can also leave your state Representative a short message on the toll-free hotline at (800) 562-6000.   

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