Washington State Legislative Action: Ban State Police From Selling Assault Rifles

Stop Our Washington Police From Selling Assault Rifles – We Want a Vote on HB 1483

In our state, county sheriffs and city police departments are allowed to sell guns they seize during crimes – they actually sell ASSAULT WEAPONS back on the streets of our cities and towns, along with hunting rifles, pistols, and other tools of death. Many states have banned such sales. We need to do the same, but the bill to do just that, HB 1483, is currently bottled up in the House Rules Committee, which is preventing it from getting to the floor of the House for passage. THIS IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE, after Parkland and so many other mass killings, and now is the time to demand action. Our legislative session ends March 8th, so there is no time to waste.

Action:

Call House Speaker Frank Chopp at 360-786-7920.

Script:

Speaker Chopp, you have the power to move HB 1483 to the floor for a vote, and I am calling to respectfully ask that you do so. This bill would ban law enforcement in Washington from selling assault weapons and other firearms seized in crimes back onto the street. The last thing we need is more deadly weapons on our streets. Many states have banned these sales of confiscated weapons as a common-sense way to reduce the number of firearms in the hands of unstable individuals. Please, we need this in Washington before the next horror happens. Please move HB 1483 out of the Rules Committee for a vote on the floor.

Action:

You can also call our 22nd District Representatives Laurie Dolan at 360-786-7940 and Beth Doglio at 360-786-7992, who is a sponsor of this bill, and ask them to put pressure on Speaker Chopp to move his bill.

Tip:  If You Can’t Attend the Hearing But Can Stop By With Your Smart Phone

Anytime after midnight on the day of a hearing and generally until the hearing closes, you can log in to the Capitol Campus network to register your support or opposition to a bill as if you are in attendance of the hearing.  Your vote will be included in the tally at the end of the hearing.  To do this go to a parking lot on campus and log on to the legislature’s “WSLPublic”  wireless network.

  1. Log on to WSLpublic wireless network.  Then return to this page.
  2. Follow this link:  https://app.leg.wa.gov/csi  (Access is forbidden unless you are on the capitol campus and logged in to WSLpublic.)
  3. Click the hearing at which you wish to testify to indicate your position.  The scheduled agenda items appear.
  4. Click the applicable agenda item.
  5. Complete the form.  Required information is marked with a red asterisk.
  6. Click submit.
  7. After entering your info, select on of the following:  I’m done, Sign up for another agenda item, or Sign up for a different hearing.

This action is from Olympia Indivisible’s weekly Call to Action.  We have made some minor edits to this. Be sure to go to their website for more on the actions, upcoming events and for their latest Research Report.  Also find them on Facebook.