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Washington: Bill to Criminalize All Private Firearms Transfers Goes to House Floor

Tuesday, 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)

(360) 786-7852


Representative Steve O'Ban (R-28)

(360) 786-7890


Representative Steve Kirby (D-29)

(360) 786-7996


Representative Brad Klippert (R-8)

(360) 786-7882


Representative Terry Nealey (R-16)

(360) 786-7828


Representative Matt Shea (R-4)

(360) 786-7984


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

(360) 786-7920


Representative Richard DeBolt (R-20)

(360) 786-7896


Representative Cathy Dahlquist (R-31)

(360) 786-7846


Representative Susan Fagan (R-9)

(360) 786-7942


Representative Tami Green (D-28)

(360) 786-7958


Representative Jeff Holy (R-6)

(360) 786-7962


Representative Norm Johnson (R-14)

(360) 786-7810


Representative Linda Kochmar (R-30)

(360) 786-7898


Representative Joel Kretz (R-7)

(360) 786-7988


Representative Marko Liias (D-21)

(360) 786-7972


Representative Chad Magendanz (R-5)

(360) 786-7876


Representative Marcie Maxwell (D-41)

(360) 786-7894


Representative Jim Moeller (D-49)

(360) 786-7872


Representative Terry Nealey (R-16)

(360) 786-7828


Representative Tina Orwall (D-33)

(360) 786-7834


Representative Eric Pettigrew (D-37)

(360) 786-7838


Representative Chris Reykdal (D-22)

(360) 786-7940


Representative Mary Helen Roberts (D-21)

(360) 786-7950


Representative Cindy Ryu (D-32)

(360) 786-7880


Representative David Sawyer (D-29)

(360) 786-7906


Representative Larry Springer (D-45)

(360) 786-7822


Representative Pat Sullivan (D-47)

(360) 786-7858


Representative Gael Tarleton (D-36)

(360) 786-7860


Representative Kevin Van De Wege (D-24)

(360) 786-7916


Representative J.T. Wilcox (R-2)

(360) 786-7912

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.