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Washington: Executive Session Scheduled to limit self-defense options on Friday

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Washington: Executive Session Scheduled to limit self-defense options on Friday

On Friday, March 19, the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee has scheduled an executive session for a Committee vote on anti-gun legislation, Senate Bill 5038.  NRA Members and Second Amendment supporters are strongly encouraged to contact Committee members and submit testimony in opposition to this extreme measure.

Senate Bill 5038 makes it a crime to openly carry, on the person or in a vehicle, a firearm or other “weapon” if the person is participating in, or attending, or is simply within 250 feet of a “permitted demonstration” in a public place.  Despite permitting individuals to use an area for the exercise of their First Amendment rights, anti-gun legislators want to ban those individuals from exercising their Second Amendment rights in the same permitted space.  The Constitution was not written with gradually disappearing ink where one right is more important than another.  The Second Amendment should not be infringed upon in any capacity, especially where other Constitutional Rights are being freely and openly expressed. 

Further, SB 5038 makes it a crime to open carry a firearm on Washington State Capitol grounds.  Open carry on the capitol campus during 2A rallies has always been peaceful and without a single incident of violence, however, it will now be banned without reason.

Again, please contact members of the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee and ask them to OPPOSE Senate Bill 5038.  Those wishing to submit testimony must do so by 10am PST, tomorrow March 17 by clicking here.​

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