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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Gun restriction proposals, Washington State

HB 1588 would require a full background check to transfer of a firearm in Washington state. The legislation especially includes private firearms sales. This legislation is being fast-tracked with hot pressure. The Judiciary Committee vote on HB 1588 is presently scheduled for Tuesday, February 19 at 10:00 a.m. Check for  schedule updates at this link.

The only way this legislation could ever be functional is if the state enacts comprehensive registration of all firearms in private possession.  Although this is not in the current bill, it would be a natural follow up if HB-1588 is enacted. The reason is that HB 1588 criminalizes private firearms sales.

HB-1588 sponsors are Representatives Pedersen, Hope, Jinkins, Hansen, Freeman, Kagi, Walsh, Carlyle, Hunter, Clibborn, Ormsby, Cody, Green, Stanford, Orwall, Maxwell, Liias, Pettigrew, Tharinger, Springer, Hudgins, Wylie, Moeller, Fitzgibbon, Ryu, Roberts, Goodman, Riccelli, Farrell, Fey, Appleton, Pollet, Habib, Bergquist, Moscoso, Hunt, Santos & ReykdalIf one of these is your Representaive, email them and tell them to stop their sponsorship of this bill.

The state Senate companion bill is S 5625.  Its sponsors are Senators Kline, Tom, Darneille, Litzow, Kohl-Welles, Chase, Frockt & Mullet.  If one of these is your Senator, email them and tell them to stop their sponsorship of this bill.

Gun sales restrictions do not address crime -- criminals do not follow the law.  The inevitably required gun registration would work only if criminals wanted to let law enforcement know they possessed guns.  Therefore this legislation will only encumber the law abiding and divert law enforcement from the protection of society.   

A better approach to reducing the gun crimes is if the felons and involuntarily committed persons the legislation complains about should be left in prison or mental hospital instead of being turned loose on the innocent public in the name of cost saving.

All of HB 1588 and S 5625 sponsoring legislators are enemies of the people.  We must work to unseat them in the next election cycle.

Full text of HB 1588. ---  S 5625 is identical. 

If your representative is on the Judiciary committee, please contact them.
House Judiciary Committee Members:
Representative Jamie Pedersen (D-43), Chairman, (360) 786-7826, jamie.pedersen@leg.wa.gov
Representative Drew Hansen (D-23), Vice Chairman, (360) 786-7842, drew.hansen@leg.wa.gov
Representative Jay Rodne (R-5), (360) 786-7852, jay.rodne@leg.wa.gov
Representative Steve O'Ban (R-28), (360) 786-7890, steve.oban@leg.wa.gov
Representative Roger Goodman (D-45), (360) 786-7878, roger.goodman@leg.wa.gov
Representative Mike Hope (R-44), (360) 786-7892, mike.hope@leg.wa.gov
Representative Laurie Jinkins (D-27), (360) 786-7930, laurie.jinkins@leg.wa.gov
Representative Steve Kirby (D-29), (360) 786-7996, steve.kirby@leg.wa.gov
Representative Brad Klippert (R-8), (360) 786-7882, brad.klippert@leg.wa.gov
Representative Terry Nealey (R-16), (360) 786-7828, terry.nealey@leg.wa.gov
Representative Tina Orwall (D-33), (360) 786-7834, tina.orwall@leg.wa.gov
Representative Mary Helen Roberts (D-21), (360) 786-7950,maryhelen.roberts@leg.wa.gov
Representative Matt Shea (R-4), (360) 786-7984,matt.shea@leg.wa.gov

Another pro-freedom article

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HB 1703 is a proposed new program against firearms and new taxes on firearms.  

Adds a $25 tax for any retail sale of a firearm sale.  Ammunition would be taxed at the rate of 1 ¢ per round.  The DOH would be charged to indoctrinate children and the general public against firearms ownership.  Finally the bill would provides sales tax exemption for gun locks.

The Office of Financial Management projects the increase in cost to the gun owning public in Washington is $64,507,000 over the next ten years.

The potential for new revenue attracted a number of sponsors to this bill: They are Representatives Jinkins, Farrell, Morris, Cody, Kagi, Wylie, Roberts, Pollet, Ryu, Bergquist, Fey, Hunt, Tarleton, Fitzgibbon, Appleton, Moscoso, Santos

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HB 1676 is a "safe storage" requirement.  It prohibits that firearms should be stored in a unsafe manner if children can get hold of the firearms.  Current state law (RCW 9.41. 040 calls this reckless endangerment) already prohibits the substance of HB 1676.

The death of any child is a terrible tragedy.  Our heart goes out to the parents, friends and relatives for their loss.  Any law to meant improve child safety must actually to work -- HB 1676 fails.

Firearms accidents in Washington state are at an all-time low.  Firearm storage legislation ignores the fact that Washington firearm owners are extremely responsible with their firearms.  The plain truth is that firearms are involved in a very low number of fatal accidents among children in Washington.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The New Income Tax Proposal

HB 1545

Marko Liias has proposed taxing the income of Washington State again.  He and his stupid tax crowd have proposed taxing away 2% of all individual income over one million dollars.

Everyone knows that if they can tax millionaire's income, they will get around to taxing the the income of the "little people."

This shifty crowd of tax crazed legislators will get around the requirement for a vote by the people by redefining personal income to a "personal sales" sort of tax; i.e. an excise tax, like what they already put on tires.  But our personal income is not property to be sold. 

Somehow, Liias reckons the state will gain $167,129,000 in the first year.  That suggests the state has a millionaire class earning more than $8.3 billion every year.  That's the equivalent of nearly $1400 per person in Washington State.  If the legislature takes that much from the private sector, imagine the damage it will do to the state's economy.

This is the published summary

HB 1545 - DIGEST
Imposes an excise tax on the receipt of adjusted gross income above one million dollars by residents or qualifying nonresidents deriving income from sources within the state.  Establishes a new state trust fund and requires revenue received by the trust to be devoted to education, with the first priority being classroom size reduction in kindergarten through fourth grade.


Requires the office of financial management to prepare an annual audit of the funds deposited in the paramount duty trust fund.


Requires the department of revenue to: 

(1) Administer the tax assessed in a manner that is consistent with the federal income tax system and using documents that taxpayers already prepare as part of their federal tax filings; and 
(2) Refund all taxes improperly paid or collected. Gives jurisdiction to the board of tax appeals over appeals relating to tax deficiencies and refunds, including penalties and interest.

Liias and cronies say this revenue will be directed to the state school system, the first responsibility of our state government .  In view of the fact the legislature would rather spend our money on everything except our school system, this is an obvious lie.  Their deception is plain -- They plan to use the federal personal income tax system to reckon excise (sales) tax on income.

Liias, the people already voted last November.  They decided they don't want an income tax.  Stop being a crook.



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