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Washington: House Committee to Consider Legislation Making Open Carry a Felony Offense

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Washington: House Committee to Consider Legislation Making Open Carry a Felony Offense

On Tuesday, the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider an absurdly flawed measure that could cause individuals lawfully open carrying to become immediate felons.  Committee members need to hear from you now!  Please contact members of the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee and ask them to OPPOSE House Bill 1283!


House Bill 1283 will make it a felony to openly carry a firearm (or any weapon) in a group.  Further, this measure contains no exceptions for individuals who are defending themselves at home or on their own property. Not even law enforcement, military, or those carrying firearms in an official capacity are exempted.  HB 1283 overreaches in its intent by causing those who are lawfully carrying a concealed firearm to be entrapped by a felony charge if the firearm accidentally becomes visible. HB 1283 throws such a wide net that many law-abiding gun owners could potentially become felons if this measure is passed, and it needs to be stopped!

Again, please contact members of the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee and ask them to OPPOSE House Bill 1283!​

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