LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY

We advocate for smart gun laws by meeting with Washington State legislators, making calls, writing letters, petitioning, and turning out in force for our Annual Lobby Day at the State Capital in Olympia.

Update on the 2019 Washington State Legislative Session

The 2019 Washington Legislative Session adjourned at midnight on April 28, just meeting the deadline and setting records for supporting more gun violence reduction bills than ever before.  More bills were introduced, considerably more hearings were held, we saw increased bipartisan support, and 10- yes, ten!- bills were passed that directly increase gun safety and responsibility in our communities.

Among the bills that passed were eight GAGV priorities, specifically:

  • SHB 1225: Sets standards for removal of weapons by law enforcement officers in domestic violence calls. Amended bill passed the House 55-41. Passed Senate 27-20.  

  • SHB 1739:  Bans undetectable and untraceable “ghost guns”.  Amended bill passed the House 56-40. Passed Senate 30-18.  

  • SHB 1786:  Strengthens laws to surrender weapons relating to protection orders, no-contact orders, and restraining orders. Amended bill passed the House 54-42.  Passed Senate 25-20.  

  • SHB 1949:  Creates a study of the efficacy of establishing a single point of contact for the firearm background check system.  Passed House 97-0.  Passed Senate 48-0. Governor signed Apr. 17th.

  • ESSB 5027:  Adds enhancements to Extreme Risk Protection Orders, including those for juveniles and penalties.  Passed House 56-37. Amended bill passed the Senate 31-18. .

  • SSB 5181:  Prohibits the possession or control of a firearm for 6 months by a person who has been detained for 72-hour evaluation and treatment.  Passed House 55-40.  Amended bill passed the Senate 26-21.   

  • SB 5205: Sets provisions governing firearms possession by persons found incompetent to stand trial.  Passed House 53-39. Amended bill passed the Senate 32-17.

  • SB 5508:  Requires background check for Concealed Pistol License holders when acquiring a new firearm. Passed House 93-0. Amended bill passed the Senate 47-0.   

Equally exciting, the 2019 legislative budget provided $1 million to the University of Washington for a firearm policy research program. This groundbreaking program provides rare government funding for research into gun violence and will investigate firearm deaths and injury risk factors; evaluate the effectiveness of state firearm laws and policies; assess the consequences of firearm violence; and develop strategies to reduce the toll of gun violence on local populations. Further, the 2019 state budget provides funding to implement some of the recently passed bills referenced above and supports Measure I-1639 and other related programs, including a Youth Violence Prevention Strategy in Federal Way.

GAGV priority legislation that failed to pass provides a glimpse into what we’ll be working on in 2020. Chief among them are bills that would limit high capacity gun magazines; ban assault weapons; prohibit firearms in childcare centers, libraries and parks; and authorize the Washington State Patrol to destroy guns used in crimes.

In addition, there is still much work to be done regarding firearms and domestic violence, suicide prevention, and Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs).

In these areas we need your help to expand our understanding of the issues and plan our strategy for the next legislative session. If you have expertise, personal or professional connections and experience, or simply interest in these issues, please contact the co-chairs of the GAGV Legislative Committee: Jennifer Dolan-Waldman, jdolanwaldman@gmail.com or Pati Otley pdotley@comcast.net.                  

 

Yes on I- 1639 Campaign

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Grandmothers have been advocating for measure I- 1639 since day one! We proudly helped set a record of collecting over 375,000 signatures supporting I-1639 To Prevent Gun Violence in just three weeks! To help get out the vote, we have written thousands of YES ON 1639 postcards to voters, and have stood by Mayor Jenny Durkan as she signed the City of Seattle support for I-1639, Safer Schools Safer Communities.

Because of the tireless effort of I-1639 volunteers across the state, and thanks to the millions of voters who supported us on the ballot, Washington schools and communities will be safer, guns will be less likely to fall into the wrong hands, and lives will be saved.
— Stephen Paolini, Yes On 1639 Campaign Manager