LAS VEGAS – There are loads of “black guns” – the so-called “assault weapons” that anti-gunners in the Washington Legislature want to ban – at the 2010 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show, and as this event wraps up, Evergreen State gun owners are facing a battle to protect those firearms.
Earlier Friday, the Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms issued an alert advising its thousands of members in Washington that Senate Bill 6396, which would ban new sales of semiautomatic sport-utility rifles, pistols and shotguns is up for a hearing next Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. Senator Adam Kline, the anti-gun Seattle Democrat who also chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, where the bill will be heard.
This legislation includes provisions that would allow warrantless searches of a citizen’s home to determine whether their semiautomatic sport-utility rifles are being properly stored. While there are no registration requirements in this bill, one is left to wonder how sheriff’s deputies would know which homes to visit without some roster of gun owners.”—CCRKBA Legislative Director Joe Waldron
That hearing is scheduled in Hearing Room 1 of the John A. Cherberg Senate Office building. Those who cannot make that hearing may also contact members of the committee, including Kline and co-sponsor Jeanne Kohl-Welles, or other committee members including:
According to Joe Waldron, CCRKBA legislative director, “This is an unnecessary, and frankly useless, proposal that is aimed at the wrong people, and will accomplish nothing to reduce crime or prevent tragedies such as the murder of four Lakewood police officers last November.”
Waldron got word late Thursday that the hearing date had been rather suddenly scheduled, and he sprang into action immediately to alert gun owners back home. Washington gun rights activists habitually jam such hearings, even on short notice. He always tells those who cannot attend to call the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000. That toll-free number has been getting lots of traffic in opposition to the Kline bill.
This is an insidious proposal that smacks of ‘first-step’ theatrics. The ultimate goal of the bill’s sponsors is to register, and eventually eliminate, ownership of sport-utility rifles. Gun owners should stop this now.”—Joe Waldron
As I wrote earlier here, Olympia gun prohibitionists wasted no time in trying to exploit that outrage, and the murder of Seattle Police Officer Timothy Brenton last year, to push their agenda. They have gotten support from gun control proponents in the press.
However, the prohibitionists do not have facts on their side, as I wrote about here recently.
As the SHOT Show wraps up for another year, many Washington-based gun rights activists were preparing to head home and straight into the political storm. Among them were CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, and several members of the Washington Arms Collectors, a 15,000-member organization that holds monthly gun shows in Puyallup and Monroe.
The National Rifle Association was also reportedly preparing to alert its members, estimated to be some 90,000-strong. Kline’s legislation is reportedly getting lots of opposition already, and there seems little doubt that pressure to stop this bill in its tracks will only build.
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For more info: Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms