The Enhanced Background Check for Assault Weapons Bill (HB1387) stalled in the House Committee on Judiciary in the Washington State legislature on Friday. Please contact our state congresspeople and encourage them to act on this bill now, rather than delaying it for at least a year at great expense by pushing it to a ballot initiative.
Action: Contact our leaders in the house and senate
Let our leaders know we want assault weapons to have the same level of scrutiny as handguns have. Handgun purchases now require a background investigation by police, as well as the instant check through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) at the shop. HB1387 requires the same of assault weapons, no less.
- House Speaker: Representative Frank Chopp at 360 786 7920, Send Email
- Senate Majority Leader Senator Sharon Nelson at 360 786 7667, Send Email
Let our representatives know we support this bill
- 22nd District Representatives: Beth Doglio (360)786-7992, Laurie Dolan (360)786-7940
- Other districts, Find your district and contact info with this tool: WA District Finder
- Comment on House Bill HB1387 Online
- Comment on Senate Bill SB5444 Online
News & More Information
- See our “Topics” post also for more background: References On Gun Control
- King 5 News: Enhanced background check for assault weapons bill stalled in legislature, February 16, 2018
- Alliance for Gun Responsibility:
- Take Action on Gun control bills in the WA state legislature — Use these links to send comments to your legislators
- Prevent dangerous access: HB1122 Comment on this Bill
- Enhanced Assault Weapon Background Checks: HB1387 Comment on this Bill
- Restoration of Local Authority: New Legislation
- Keep Crime Guns Off the Street: HB1483, Comment on this Bill
- Suicide Crisis Prevention: SB6441 Comment on this Bill
- Voluntary Waiver: SB5553 Comment on this Bill
A Message from Tim Moses
My name is Tim Moses. I live in the 35th LD outside of Olympia. I’m a former Paramedic and Navy Corpsman. I’ve carried an M16, and treated people shot with them.
I need some help tonight. In light of the recent killings in Florida, and the near-miss we just had in Everett, I think you might be motivated to help.
I’m typing with the “assistance” of my toddlers today, so bear with me.
Sometimes working on these bills… reminds me of the reasons I work on these bills, so Im also both furious and near tears, so bear with me.
I testified this year in support of Enhanced Assault Weapon Background Checks. This is a really important bill to me, it will literally save lives all by itself. It could keep the next disgruntled abusive high school student from buying an AR15.
A few politicians would prefer to sit on the bill for short term political gain, rather than debate and vote on the bill.
Those legislators need a shove.
Senator Sharon Nelson says that we should do a ballot initiative. A ballot initiative would delay this until next year and cost millions of dollars to promote and defend. I would prefer that our elected Legislators pass good legislation, since we’re already paying them to do that.
Frank Chopp, as Speaker, has a lot of power to either block this bill or bring it to the floor.
Dont worry about bill numbers or talking points, but will you guys join me in calling Sharon Nelson and Frank Chopp and asking them to bring Enhanced Assault Weapon Background Checks to the floor for a vote?
Senator Sharon Nelson at 360 786 7667
Speaker Frank Chopp 360 786 7920
In a nutshell; handgun purchases require a background investigation by police as well as the instant NICS check at the shop. This bill requires assault weapons the same level of scrutiny, no less.
In Texas, the convicted felon who murdered an entire church bought his AR15 having passed the instant NICS check. The police denied him a concealed carry permit after a brief investigation, even thought he passed NICS. Had they done a cursory investigation into the guy, he couldn’t have legally bought his rifle. This stops that.
It’s bad for everyone if we let our legislators softly and quietly kill bills that they are too afraid to vote on.
Resources: Did You Know Assault Weapons Are Not Protected By the 2nd Amendment… in Maryland? Let’s make it all states.
- Federal Appeals Court: Assault Weapons Are Not Protected By the 2nd Amendment, The Fourth Circuit decision is the first to expressly reject a right to bear an AR-15 or other “weapons of war.”, The Trace, February 2017
- Supreme Court shoots down gun cases, upholds ban on assault weapons and open-carry, The Supreme Court announced in November 2017 it had declined to hear two Second Amendment cases, leaving intact gun control laws in Maryland that restrict the types of weapons that can be bought, and in Florida that largely prevent gun owners from carrying their weapons in the open. The justices denied both cases without comment, leaving in place lower-court rulings upholding the two laws. (The Washington Times, November 27, 2017)
- From The Trace The Trace is an independent, nonprofit news organization dedicated to expanding coverage of guns in the United States. We believe that our country’s epidemic rates of firearm-related violence are coupled with a second problem: a shortage of information about the issue at large.