WATCH: Washington House Hearing on Gun Control Legislation

The Washington State House is preparing to listen to public testimony on 2nd Amendment-Gun Control Legislation beginning at 10am in Olympia. You can watch the public hearings on TVW here at 10am.

TVW- Public Hearings at 10am in Olympia

Protecting our Second Amendment rights is not a partisan issue and transcends race, religion, and gender. In SW Washington, like most of rural Washington, gun ownership and hunting is part of the history and tradition of many families.

Government should be enforcing current laws, not taking rights away from legal and responsible gun owners.

Peter Abbarno, Centralia City Councilmember

The legislation being discussed today can be found on the Legislature’s Website and include the following:

House Bill 2240- High Capacity Magazines

  • Makes it unlawful for a person to manufacture, possess, distribute, import, transfer, sell, offer for sale, purchase, or otherwise transfer a large capacity magazine, except as specifically authorized.
  • Allows a person who legally possessed a large capacity magazine on the effective date of the act, or a person who inherits a legally possessed large capacity magazine, to continue to possess the large capacity magazine subject to certain restrictions.
  • Establishes a number of exemptions from the prohibitions relating to large capacity magazines for certain persons and entities

House Bill 2241- assault weapons and high capacity magazines

  • Makes it unlawful for a person to manufacture, possess, distribute, import, transfer, sell, offer for sale, purchase, or otherwise transfer an assault weapon or a large capacity magazine, except as specifically authorized.
  • Allows a person who legally possessed an assault weapon or large capacity magazine on the effective date of the act, or a person who inherits a legally possessed assault weapon or large capacity magazine, to continue to possess the assault weapon or large capacity magazine subject to certain restrictions.
  • Establishes a number of exemptions from the prohibitions relating to assault weapons and large capacity magazines for certain persons and entities.
  • Subject to exceptions, establishes certain restrictions applicable to assault weapons.

House Bill 2519- reasonable public safety measures to prevent dangerous individuals from acquiring ammunition

  • Creates criminal offenses relating to unlawful possession of ammunition and unlawfully delivering ammunition to anyone the person has reasonable cause to believe is prohibited from possessing ammunition.
  • Provides that a person engaged in the business of selling ammunition at wholesale or retail is a dealer and must obtain a license to sell ammunition, and with exceptions, provides that the sale of ammunition must occur in a face-to-face transaction.
  • Provides that if federal law changes to allow access to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System for the purpose of conducting a background check for ammunition transfers, a dealer must then conduct a background check before delivering ammunition to a purchaser or transferee.
  • Provides that certain laws relating to firearms apply in the same manner with respect to ammunition.

House Bill 1374- local government authority to regulate firearms

  • Repeals the statute that preempts local jurisdictions from adopting laws relating to firearms.
  • Provides that nothing in the chapter of law governing firearms modifies or limits the power of a city, municipality, or county to adopt laws relating to firearms that are in addition to or more restrictive than state law.
  • Removes provisions that allow local regulation of firearms in limited areas.

House Bill 1315- concealed pistol license training requirements.

  • Requires an applicant to provide evidence of completion of a handgun proficiency course in order to obtain a concealed pistol license.
  • Requires the Washington State Patrol to establish minimum standards for handgun proficiency, develop a course and examinations to measure handgun proficiency, and certify qualified handgun instructors and approved online course providers.

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