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So called assault weapons ban proposed in WA – SB-6396

A group of four State Senators has introduced Senate Bill 6396, legislation that would bring California-style gun-control to the Northwest and ultimately ban many semi-automatic firearms commonly owned by Washingtonians.  

This legislation would establish far-reaching restrictions on semi-automatic firearms (dubbing them “assault weapons”) and ammunition magazines.  SB6396 affects every firearm modified to conform with the now-extinct Clinton Gun-Ban plus many other semi-automatic firearms that have no lineage to those rifles or any military-style orientation whatsoever. 

Like the failed Clinton Gun-Ban that sunset in 2004, this bill is about demonizing certain firearms based on how they look, not about crime fighting.  This gun ban scheme will only punish law-abiding citizens and will do nothing to curb crime or keep criminals from obtaining firearms illegally.  This is simply another attack on our Second Amendment rights in Washington State. 

Please contact both of your State Representatives and your State Senator TODAY at 800-562-6000 and politely urge them to oppose SB6396.  More contact information for your legislators can be found here.

Senator Adam Kline

(D)  37th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 

Olympia Office:
223 John A. Cherberg Building
PO Box 40437
Olympia, WA 98504-0437
(360) 786-7688
Fax: (360) 786-1999
 

E-mail

Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles

(D)  36th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT  E-mail

Olympia Office:
219 John A. Cherberg Building
PO Box 40436
Olympia, WA 98504-0436
(360) 786-7670
Fax: (360) 786-1999
District Office:
(206) 281-6854

 

 

Senator Darlene Fairley

(D)  32nd LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT

Olympia Office:
227 John A. Cherberg Building
PO Box 40432
Olympia, WA 98504-0432
(360) 786-7662
Fax: (360) 786-1999
 

E-mail

Senator Joe McDermott
Majority Assistant Floor Leader
(D)
 34th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT

 

Olympia Office:
230 John A. Cherberg Building
PO Box 40434
Olympia, WA 98504-0434
(360) 786-7667
 

E-mail

 

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Source: National Rifle Association, Institute for Legislative Action, dtd 13 Jan 2010.

 

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14 comments

  1. Trying to gain as much information as possible and have been adding it to our facebook bage. Come join our group. Oppose Bill 6396! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oppose-Bill-6396-Washington-State-Assault-Weapons-Ban/280543591421

  2. If you oppose this action, I encourage you to contact both of your State Representatives and your State Senator TODAY at 800-562-6000. Please feel free to use the information in the post to contact each and every member.

  3. This bill is astonishingly poorly written and ill-conceived. It looks as though it were modeled after a recent New York bill, which ranted on about barrel shrouds. The legislator who write that bill admitted later that she didn’t know what a barrel shroud was.

    However comical the ignorance, this is a verry serious move, both against your 2nd amendment rights and seeks to violate your 4th amendment protections against unwarranted searches.

    I wrote the following to my senator and 2 reps:

    Dear Senator Franklin, Representatives Conway and Kirby,

    I just read the entire text of the SB6396 and had to write to appeal to your common sense. Restricting or banning a firearm because of how it is gripped or what covers the barrel or whether it accepts an accessory is just, frankly, brainless legislation.

    Please don’t go along with this lockstep attitude about guns that the Democratic party has adopted. It just does not represent the way I feel, nor does it reflect the attitudes of my Democratic colleagues.

    Finally, there is virtually no provision for private security professionals to be exempt from this bill. Many of us use the Colt AR-15 carbine in our armed work, and this bill would disarm us, too.

    At its best, SB6396 is a poor substitute for clear thought, and I urge you in the strongest possible terms to refrain from the stampede into another pointless restriction on our second amendment rights.

    Harming people with guns is already illegal.

    Respectfully,

    David Liston
    Liston Investigative Services, Inc.

  4. My two cents, as emailed to my reps this evening:

    Dear Senator Franklin, Representatives Conway and Kirby,

    I just read the entire text of the SB6396 and had to write to appeal to your common sense. Restricting or banning a firearm because of how it is gripped or what covers the barrel or whether it accepts an accessory is just, frankly, brainless legislation.

    Please don’t go along with this lockstep attitude about guns that the Democratic party has adopted. It just does not represent the way I feel, nor does it reflect the attitudes of my Democratic colleagues.

    Finally, there is virtually no provision for private security professionals to be exempt from this bill. Many state certified security people use the Colt AR-15 carbine in our armed work, and this bill would disarm us, too.

    At its best, SB6396 is a poor substitute for clear thought, and I urge you in the strongest possible terms to refrain from the stampede into another pointless restriction on our second amendment rights.

    Harming people with guns is already illegal.

    Respectfully,

    David Liston
    Liston Investigative Services, Inc.

  5. Typical politicians placing responsibility for violence on inanimate objects (GUNS) and not the individuals that use them in a crime. A person has to pull the trigger, drink and drive, knife someone or hit someone in the head with a bat or their fists for a violent crime to occur…see a common thread here…it’s the INDIVIDUAL that is the problem. The type of mentality that drives a bill like this places the responsibility for violent crime on the object and not INDIVIDUAL. I really don’t care if Johnny didn’t get hugged quite enough as youth or whatever the excuse is that caused him to act out…violate the law. Use a weapon in the commission of crime and go to jail. Seems to make more sense to take the violator off the street than it does to take guns, cars, knifes and bats away from law abiding citizens. This piece of legislation (crap) reminds me of something my grandfather use to say “If the fox got in the hen house and ate some chickens, don’t kick the pig, kick the dog he’s the one that’s suppose to be guarding the chicken coop” But NO the liberal politicians want to ban guns because they are bad…again failing to recognize a universal truth and place responsibility on the individual instead of the object. I have never seen a gun just jump up and shoot somebody. All it takes for evil to succeed is good men to do nothing. Go Ducks! Rooster out

  6. Hello I am a Canadian citizen and I live in Vancouver B.C. It is not my intent to
    meddle in U.S. Policies but to give you some information on our Government run
    gun registry. The Government spend 2 billion to set it up and all guns had to be
    registered including long guns.
    Well it is a disaster it has never worked and the Government of Canada is now admitting this. The are now in the process to scrap the long Gun registry
    after billions were spent and waisted. I will not bore you with some of the other
    major problems this Government registry has but I will tell you don’t let this happen
    to you. They are working to get rid of your 2nd amendment and what is next ??
    freedom of speech ??.

  7. I hope Senator Kline gets to watch this video. Great post!

  8. A bit of positive news:

    I just received a reply from Senator Rosa Franklin, our Democratic Senator in my 29th district (University Place-Lakewood) and her response is as follows:


    1/18/2010

    Dear Mr. Liston,
    Thank you for writing about your concerns with Senate Bill 6396. I do not plan on supporting this bill. Although there is a problem with these weapons getting into the wrong hands, I believe this bill needs more work.
    Thank you again for your concerns about this bill, and I look forward to any other comments/concerns you have in the future.

    Sincerely,
    Sen. Rosa Franklin”

  9. As you will recall, NRA-ILA informed you about Senate Bill 6396, legislation that would bring California-style gun-control to the Northwest and ultimately ban many semi-automatic firearms commonly owned by Washingtonians.

    The members of the Senate Judiciary Committee must hear from you before they consider SB 6396 at the 10 a.m. hearing on Tuesday, January 26! If at all possible, please attend the Judiciary Committee meeting on Tuesday to personally voice opposition to this misdirected legislation. The hearing will be held in Hearing Room #1 in the Cherberg Building. Arrive at least an hour early to park and sign in. Here is a map of the Capitol campus: http://www.ga.wa.gov/images/campus-map.pdf. The list of committee members and their contact information can be found by visiting http://www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Committees/JUD/Pages/MembersStaff.aspx.

    SB 6396 is more far-reaching than it appears on the surface and will absolutely impact a gigantic swath of Washington firearm owners, including concealed pistol license holders, hunters and competitive pistol shooters. As examples, consider the following restrictions that flow from the provisions of this horrendous piece of gun control legislation:
    Every semiautomatic AND PUMP-ACTION rifle or shotgun that has a detachable magazine and has a pistol grip located rear of the trigger (yes, that is just about all of them) is defined as an “assault weapon” and is banned under SB 6396!

    If you and your child/children are out in the woods plinking with his or her Ruger 10-22 and there are more than 10 rounds in the magazine, you are a FELON!

    If you are a Concealed Pistol License holder and your semi-auto self-defense pistol contains more than 10 rounds, you are a FELON!
    The use of firearms defined as “assault weapons” (see first bullet point) are banned for use in hunting!

    Competitive shooters will be impacted as any semi-auto pistol that has a detachable magazine and is equipped with a muzzle brake or compensator is defined as an “assault weapon!”

    If you own a firearm(s) defined as an “assault weapon” on the date this bill becomes law, you can keep it if you are willing to allow your Sheriff to come into your home once every year to ensure you store your firearm(s) appropriately!

    Senate Bill 6396 is proof that the gun-ban groups and politicians are not interested in only banning semi-automatic firearms that happen to look like military firearms. This bill shows where they really want to go with their agenda! This gun ban scheme will only punish law-abiding citizens and will do nothing to curb crime or keep criminals from obtaining firearms illegally. This is not only another attack on our Second Amendment rights in Washington State, but an attack on your Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches of your home!

    Also, please contact both of your State Representatives and your State Senator TODAY and urge them to oppose SB 6396!

    Brief messages can be left for your legislators by calling the toll-free legislative hotline at 800-562-6000. Legislators’ direct phone numbers and email access can be found by clicking on their names either here for Senators: http://www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Senators/Pages/default.aspx

    …or here for Representatives:

    http://www.leg.wa.gov/house/representatives/Pages/default.aspx

  10. So far I’ve only heard back from one state rep, Sam Hunt. Here’s what he had to say in an email:

    Gordon, I, too, believe in the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

    With 147 legislators, there obviously are many diverse opinions. I do not expect these proposals will ever reach the House floor for a vote.

    Representative Sam Hunt
    22nd District (Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Northern Thurston County)
    hunt.sam@leg.wa.gov
    http://www.leg.wa.gov/house

    Representative Sam Hunt
    22nd District (Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Northern Thurston County)
    360-786-7992
    hunt.sam@leg.wa.gov
    http://www.leg.wa.gov/house

  11. Gun control, in any form, has long been considered by proponents as the “Political Third Rail,” meaning that it was a losing issue for politictians in favor of those controls. Now, after about 20 years, we see them gearing up again for a new battle. The fight against this nonsense needs to be stopped at it’s core. In my opinion, three things need to be communicated. First of all, the definition for the battle against “Assault weapons” needs to be changed. The Dept of Def classifies an assault weapon as being capable of firing in “Fully Automatic” mode. This point needs to be repeated with the same furvor as they use the term. They are not assault weapons, they are semi automatic.

    Secondly, politicians need to be reminded of all the elected officials that have been voted out of office because of their stance against the second ammendment. Fear of losing their position will trump gun control every time.

    Third, the general public needs to be instructed in the true statistics regarding gun ownership, and reminded that family and property can only be defended in times of crisis by them. There are not the number of police officers out there to keep them safe. If there had been armmed citizens in the restaurant outside Tacoma when the four officers were killed, he would not have been able to terrorize another again.

    Just my thoughts.