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Old January 31, 2013, 09:54 PM   #1
Tuna2o3
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Washington state firearms freedom act HB 1371

WA Resident write your legislators lets get this passed. New bill as of 01/31/2013

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/bil...Bills/1371.pdf

As I read it the bill it exempts all firearms manufactured in the state of WA from Federal legislation and all firearms currently owned in the state if I'm reading it correctly. But I'm not terribly good at reading legalese.

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Old January 31, 2013, 10:22 PM   #2
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Intriguing for a blue state. Though I wonder how easy it is to get a firearm manufactured solely inside the State of Washington without importing a substantial amount of parts.

Accessories like magazines even more so. Though it would be nice if it encouraged PMag to put a plant here.
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Old February 1, 2013, 07:53 AM   #3
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When you get outside of Seattle/Tacoma the state is actually fairly conservative from what I have seen while traveling there and heard from residents. This law sounds like the one Montana passed a few years ago and I say great for them!
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Old February 1, 2013, 12:37 PM   #4
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There's a three county area that is the tail that wags the dog in this state. But for the rest of the state being conservative, I don't think it's that simple. Tom Foley was a Democrat. Our gubernatorial race has gone democrat for quite some time.
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Old February 1, 2013, 05:53 PM   #5
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http://www.waguns.org/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=16923
http://pnwguns.com/gun-rights/7208-o...rs-hb1371.html
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Old February 1, 2013, 06:06 PM   #6
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A post script.

Kindly do not assume that all Washingtonians are of a particular set of beliefs because somebody in the MSM told you to call us "blue" or "red." Or because Seattle mayor McGinn is an anti-gun-pandering elitist and opportunist.

Most folks I know here are purple. And in the wet side cities--Seattleplex, Tacoma, and OlyLaceTumwater--many of us view RKBA as a civil and human right, not a political football.

IOW, there are as many "left" as "right" gunnies in my circles. It's more dangerous here on the wet side to be RKBA-positive among "progressives." No matter what your political beliefs are. You can be, well, as progressive and "blue" as I am...but as soon as you're discovered to be adamantly pro-2A (and adamantly pro-all-A), the shunning (professional and personal) begins, and you can't put your finger on it. (Anybody here read Phyllis Chesler's /Woman's Inhumanity to Woman/? It's like that--a matriarchal form of political control, intimate and personal oppression. Where you can't really point to it, or hire a lawyer.)

At the same time, there are a lot of progressive, left, anarchist, socialist, independent, queer, you name it, pro-RKBA people. Most of us stay real quiet, because the rabid antis do indeed hold much institutional power, and will in fact harass, bully, and take action against anyone who questions the orthodoxy. I figure it's just another form of PC.

Still, I know more "blue" RKBA people today than ever before here. And more and more are coming out of the closet each week...and more and more are being heartened to ask questions they were always afraid to ask before, or had no one they felt they could trust to do that without getting politically plastered. You might be surprised to know how many "blue" Washingtonians support HB 1367 even though it came out of very conservative/dry side politicians....with whom we may disagree on other things (water rights, abortion politics, separation of religion and state).

The work continues of discussing and organizing from a rational and constitutional, not a politicized, POV. I personally am pretty heartened, even as I think that among the globalizers and one-worlder types, the fix is in re: 2A. And that once they get their hands on that right--by demonizing firearms and their owners--the door will be open for them to destroy the Constitution and its adherents. But that's a separate topic, and thank you for your patience with my little rant.
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Old February 1, 2013, 08:25 PM   #7
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I don't assume so. I've lived in Washington for more than 30 years. In the tri-county area for the whole time. I know many "Blue" shooters.

There are some inescapable facts. Much more often than not the governor of WA is a Democrat. Much more often than not on the electoral college map, WA is blue. That is pretty much the definition of a blue state.

The generic party platform for the Democratic Party is anti-gun.

Our federal legislators currently are not something to be proud of on the 2A front, but our state has a large collection of pro-2A laws on the books.

All of this leads to a fairly interesting dichotomy.
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Old February 1, 2013, 09:04 PM   #8
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A discussion is open here of a similar law being considered in Wyoming. All these laws raise similar legal issues associated with the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution and federal authority.

Let's keep the discussion of such issues in one place.
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