BELLEVUE, WA â€“ Evergreen State gun owners are urged to contact their state senator, and if possible, plan to attend a hearing on Senate Bill 6396, the proposed ban on so-called â€œassault weaponsâ€ sponsored by Senators Adam Kline and Jeanne Kohl-Welles.
The public hearing is scheduled Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the John A. Cherberg Senate Office building, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms learned Thursday.
â€œThis is an unnecessary, and frankly useless, proposal that is aimed at the wrong people, and will accomplish nothing to reduce crime or prevent tragedies such as the murder of four Lakewood police officers last November,â€ said CCRKBA Legislative Director Joe Waldron. â€œIt is important for all Washington State gun owners to contact their state senator on this issue.â€
Waldron noted that the Legislative Hotline number is 1-800-562-6000.
â€œMessages to state senators should be brief, polite and on point,â€ Waldron added. â€œGun owners should remind members of the Senate that none of the six police officers fatally shot in the line of duty last year were killed with a so-called â€˜assault weapon.â€™
â€œWorse, still,â€ he continued, â€œare provisions that would allow warrantless searches of a citizenâ€™s home to determine whether their semiautomatic sport-utility rifles are being properly stored. While there are no registration requirements in this bill, one is left to wonder how sheriffâ€™s deputies would know which homes to visit without some roster of gun owners.
â€œThis is an insidious proposal,â€ Waldron concluded, â€œthat smacks of â€˜first-stepâ€™ theatrics. The ultimate goal of the billâ€™s sponsors is to register, and eventually eliminate, ownership of sport-utility rifles. Gun owners should stop this now.â€