GOAL Post 2014-4 posted over at WAGOAL.Org with a list of pending bills reports on legislative doings in Olympia this last week. The Gun Owners Action League has been the dominant force in Olympia advocating for Second Amendment Rights for the past few decades and is a member of the pro I-591 coalition, Washington Gun Rights.
In a critical announcement, the Gun Owners Action League of Washington has shared that gun control Initiative 594 will be the subject of hearings in Olympia on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Be sure to break January 28 and 29 free to attend these hearings and testify – both numbers and quality testimony at these hearings are crucial to protecting gun rights in Washington.
“Public hearings will be conducted on Initiatives 591 (pro-gun) and 594 (anti-gun) on 28 January (House Judiciary) and 29 January (Senate Law & Justice). It is critical that as many individuals turn out as possible to attend BOTH of these hearings. A strong turnout sends a strong signal to both the legislature and to the media present of the support for, or opposition to, each of the initiatives.
Signs and posters are not allowed inside the buildings, but GOAL will be distributing “Guns Save Lives” stickers to participants. Parking in the vicinity of the Campus is tight, and Olympia loves to give tickets for illegal parking, so car pools are strongly encouraged. http://www.leg.wa.gov/legislature/Pages/Parking.aspx
The House Judiciary Committee will conduct it’s hearing on both initiatives at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, in House Hearing Room “A” in the John L. Obrien (House) Office Building.
The Senate Law & Justice Committee will hear both initiatives at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Senate Hearing Room “1″ in the John A. Cherberg Senate Office Building. Sign-up sheets will likely be posted outside the hearing rooms.
Please come early and sign in FOR I-591 and AGAINST I-594.”
Open Carry is NOT recommended at these hearings. What might be appropriate at a rally is not a good idea at a hearing where, if law-makers are sufficiently offended or fearful, a bill barring open (or all) carry on the Capitol campus could easily find its way in front of anti-gun Gov. Inslee for near-certain signature.
The Mom’s Demand crowd will not only be out in force, they will be dragging every victim they can find to the hearings in an appeal to legislators’ sense of pity (rather than common sense). As a result, the chairs of BOTH the Senate and House committees have requested that there be no open carry, “for the sake of the victims.”
Ignoring the wishes of the chairs of the House Judiciary and Senate Law & Justice Committee’s, the committees that must process almost any firearms related legislation, could destroy hopes of pro-rights legislation for years to come. If open carry is an “only option”, we strongly recommend avoiding the carry of long guns in favor of side arms.
by Phil Shave, Ray Carter
In 2013 membership in the Washington Arms Collectors (boosted by radical anti-gun politicians and an increasing public interest in firearms) exploded from roughly 13,000 members in January to 20,340 members today.
Our finances are healthy with an end of year balance sheet showing nearly $180,000 in operating accounts and total assets of about $3.4 million, with nearly $3 million in the Building Fund. The Building Fund would be even healthier, but the threat of anti-gun-owner I-594 motivated directors to borrow funds from the Building Fund in order to promote an alternative initiative, I-591. WAC has remained solidly in the black since December of 2012.
In November, Protect Our Gun Rights, with major assistance from WAC members and the WAC Board, delivered 340,000 signatures on I-591 petitions to the Secretary of State, guaranteeing that I-591 will be presented to the Legislature and the voters. This Friday (January 3rd), additional signatures will be delivered to the office of the Washington Secretary of State.
Among other new initiatives, the WAC Board took a giant step forward by hiring the first Executive Director, Phil Shave, delegating the duties of operational management, budgeting, and staff supervision. The office and shows are fully staffed, with a full time bookkeeper tracking our finances under the supervision of new Treasurer Holly Henson.
During 2013, show safety procedures were improved, placing new bullet traps at the unload area, adding new signs and revising procedures. For the first time, the WAC office accepts phone renewals from current members and our website has updated security features.
In the last year we’ve seen WAC Facebook likes surge from roughly 300 to over 2,600 and seen growth on the WAC Twitter account. We moved the WAC Website a decade forward in 2013 and hope to see an on-line store (for membership, table rentals, etc.) launch in 2014.
The WAC Education Committee has put on 8 Home Firearms Safety classes, 2 Refuse To Be A Victim seminars, and 2 Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor Seminars. Each Home Firearms Safety class teaches or refreshes basic firearms safety skills for both folks new to firearms and experienced shooters, with approximately 120 graduates in 2013.
The Refuse To Be A Victim seminar teaches risk recognition skills and reviews self defense options currently available. Finally, the RTBAV Instructor Seminars creates teachers for the RTBAV course – both supporting the WAC program of teaching RTBAV at WAC events and ensuring instructors are available for other locations and organizations.
Entering 2014, we face the disguised gun registration initiative, I-594– 15 pages of complicated legalese that would criminalize private transactions and might just kill gun shows in the State of Washington. At the same time we face the battle to win a victory for gun owners by passing I-591 at the ballot box. Both of these critical fights will require time, passion, and dollars to win – contact the WAC Office at (425) 255-8410 to help us to victory in 2014!!
Are you a 2013 member who has failed to renew?
If so, when you arrive at the January WAC shows your badge will provide free access to the event, but we will ask for your badge at the gate and then send it in to membership.
You can then renew at the membership desk at your convenience. Since you won’t be wearing a badge you won’t be able to inadvertently purchase a firearm.
Avoid the line at the shows! We encourage current 2013 members to mail renewals in now, or call the office with a credit card and renew over the phone.
With nearly 20,000 members, the Washington Arms Collectors today probably has folks celebrating nearly any holiday tradition you’d care to name – and more than likely, a few that neither you nor I know about. From the pop-culture “Festivus” on to Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Bill of Rights Day, Winter Solstice, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day (and odds are that I missed a few I’m just not aware of ) December is often a time of joy, reconnecting with friends and family over food while sharing fellowship.
I wish you joy in your tradition, whatever it might be. However, for me and mine, I wish you all a Merry Christmas in this rare post from your Social Media Chair. Whether you celebrate the holiday at all, religiously or secularly – may tomorrow bring you peace, joy, fellowship and mirth. May you dine surrounded by those you cherish and that cherish you, and should you have a Christmas tree – may you find your fondest desires underneath.
If a child in your life is receiving their first firearm or pellet gun, teach them safety and responsibility. Should you find a firearm awaiting you beneath the tree, remember the part about gun safety (Cooper version):
- All guns are always loaded!
- Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy!
- Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target!1
- Always be sure of your target!
Don’t be the dunderhead (or let someone else be that dunderhead) that looks down the muzzle of a “helpfully” loaded new firearm. Especially when you (or they) may not be familiar with how to make said firearm safe.
Enjoy the holiday. But be safe out there – I don’t want to see any of us in the news this holiday season.
WAC Social Media Chair
Guns Save Lives Day, re-scheduled from December 14th after outcries of “insensitivity” from the anti-gun crowd, will take place on December 15th.
Those same anti-gunners loudly protesting the insensitivity of holding what they claimed was an agenda-driven political rally on the anniversary of the Newtown tragedy will be proceeding to hold their own narrowly politicized and agenda-driven protests on the anniversary of the tragedy on December 14th in Olympia (1:45 p.m. at the Capitol) and elsewhere. Apparently holding a protest or rally on December 14th is only insensitive if an event isn’t rabidly anti-gun and anti-gun-owner. In further news on the topic, phrases like “hypocrite” don’t apply if one is politically correct enough.
This latest attempt to demonize guns and gun owners is waged through a flood of emotionally manipulative advertising only further sets the stage for the Battle of the Initiatives in Washington State.
Washington Arms Collectors has joined the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor Association, the Washington State Rifle & Pistol Association, the Hunters Heritage Council and others in a coalition known as Protect Our Gun Rights (POGR) supporting Initiative 591. Initiative 591 prohibits government gun confiscation without due process and requires that background checks conducted in Washington comply with a uniform national standard.
Second Amendment Foundation founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb launched the Guns Saves Lives effort to present “the other side” of the gun rights issue as anti-gun organizations now fully engaged in exploiting the upcoming Dec. 14thanniversary of the Newtown tragedy.
In an indication of what we can expect as the initiative campaigns heat up, anti-gun forces are already trying to shame gun rights advocates into silence as shown in an e-mail recently circulated by the “Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility”, a Seattle-based group pushing I-594, the 17-page gun control measure financed largely by the wealthy Seattle-area anti-gun liberal elite.
The “Do Guns Save Lives” poll will air on Fox News, DISH TV, and Glenn Beck’s Blaze Network, on national conservative radio talk shows, SiriusXM satellite radio and major radio stations to broadcast the video. (To participate in the poll by phone, dial 800-970-0998).
In related news on what we can expect in the coming year in Washington, the blog “No Lawyers, Only Guns and Money” pointed to continuing coverage from the web cartoon “Day By Day” and n The Hill earlier this week detailing how the Obama campaign arm-turned-political advocacy group, Organizing for Action (OFA) is “encouraging supporters to host ‘anniversary events’ marking one year since the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting.” This, even as other viewpoints are silenced as “shameful” and “insensitive.”
Washington looks to be Ground Zero for anti-gun efforts in 2014, and the Washington Arms Collectors will continue to work with our allies to preserve and restore firearms freedoms in the face of these determined assaults.
The folks that run the venue that we’ve always known and loved as the Puyallup Fairgrounds have re-branded the location as the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup and politely requested WAC update our description of the facility in all of our advertising and communications, including the website and social media.
So. New name for the Puyallup location. Otherwise? Same bat-time, same bat-channel. WAC has not moved the Puyallup show. There is no need for panic or mass confusion at this time.
Mike Gunter (Nominated by Cyril Anderson, Second by Randy Doucette)
John Rodabaugh (Nominated Bill Burris, Second by Denice Fedyn)
Boyd Kneeland (Nominated by Ray Carter, Second by Denice Fedyn)
Diana Pinto (Nominated by Kim Lamb, Second by Jeff Lamb)
Woody Mathews (Nominated by Bill Burris, Second by Jason Goertz)
Denice Fedyn (Nominated by Ray Carter, Second by John Rodabaugh)
Board of Directors Candidates:
Douglas Warner (Nominated by Charles Gray, Second by Denice Fedyn)
Alan Gottlieb (Nominated by Ray Carter, Second by Michael Moore)
Ray Carter (Nominated by Terrance Livingston, Second by John Rodabaugh)
John Solheim (Nominated by Bill Burris, Second by Karen Jennings)
John Hubbard (Nominated by Cyril Anderson, Second by Gordon Knight)
Michael Moore (Nominated by Jim Williams, Second by Terry MacLeod)
Daniel Chavre (Nominated by John Hubbard, Second by Mike Gunter)
Frank Tatick (Nominated by Michael Moore, Second by Ray Carter)
Richard DeVeas (Nominated by Mike Gunter, Second by Gordon Knight)
Lawrence Weatherly (Nominated by John Rodabaugh, Second by Rick Verzal)
Tracy Conklin (Nominated by Frank Tatick, Second by Mike Gunter)
On Thursday, November 21st, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. representatives of the Washington Arms Collectors, Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor Association and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms joined with grassroots activists and others at the Elections Division of the Washington Secretary of State to turn in their first batch of roughly 340,000 signatures.
With 13 cases of signed petitions in hand Alan Gottlieb (chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and member of the WAC board), Phil Shave (Executive Director, WAC) and Bill Burris (Past President of Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor Association, WAC board member) each brought compelling perspectives to the podium in their comments on the critical need for passage of I-591. These organizations, along with the Washington State Rifle & Pistol Association and Hunters Heritage Council, make up a coalition known as Protect Our Gun Rights (POGR).
From the blog of the Washington Secretary of State’s office “Initiative 591 prohibits government agencies from confiscating guns or other firearms from citizens without due process, or from requiring background checks on firearm recipients unless a uniform national standard is required.”
In his comments, Gottlieb made clear his view that background checks were ineffective as tools to stop criminals and the mentally ill from acquiring firearms, implying in other statements that if we must have background checks that he could only support systems that protected the privacy and rights of prospective gun owners.
“Our goal from the outset,” Gottlieb stated, “has been to make sure that any such check conducted in Washington lives up to a uniform national standard. This process should be quick, simple and without a mountain of bureaucratic red tape or 15 pages of complicated regulations designed to discourage rather than encourage the exercise of a constitutionally-protected, fundamental civil right.”
In a statement, Shave said “We support I-591 because it offers citizens of Washington a clear alternative to the oppressive and unconstitutional law proposed through the other initiative that has been circulating,” further stating that the anti-gun I-594 would “turn many innocent law abiding firearms owners into ‘paperwork’ criminals through its complicated, convoluted and burdensome regulations and requirements.”
On taking the impromptu petition-box podium Burris pulled no punches in his comments, saying that rank-and-file police officers support gun rights, and that his organization is actively supporting I-591 while opposing I-594 – sentiments that seemed to startle media representatives even as it signaled law enforcement support of I-591.
After spending nearly three times the amount spent by supporters of I-591, proponents of anti-gun owner initiative I-594 continue to struggle to reach the 325,000 signatures recommended by the Elections Division to qualify ballot initiatives (246,000 signatures are required to qualify an initiative, with 325,000 recommended to allow for illegible or invalid signatures.)
WA Secretary of State blog: I-591 camp turns in signatures; 2014 gun rights battle looms
KOMO News (AP): Wash. gun rights advocates tout 340,000 signatures
KPLU 88.5 FM: Signatures Submitted for Dueling Gun Measures in Wash.